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Author's profile photo Craig Cmehil

SDN TV – the next evolution!

It is with great excitement I’m finally blogging this. I’ve been sitting on it for about a week now waiting for all the pieces to come together and so here we finally are.

SDN TV, something many of you who know me, know that I am a big advocate for and always try to feed info into. You also know that I pushed hard to get embeded audio and video back into the blog system. Now though we’ve come to the next evolution., has just become our newest addition of useful tools for the community. We’ve had a chat with the folks over at Kyte and Daniel their CEO welcomed the idea of us having our two channels there.

kyte allows anybody to create their own interactive TV channel on their website, blog, social network or mobile phone

With kyte, you create your own live TV shows and broadcast them on your own interactive channel, on your website, blog, social network or mobile phone. You can share your kyte channel with your friends and collaborate with them so that they can also be a part of your shows, by adding their own content, by voting and by chatting live with other viewers. With kyte, you can share your experiences live with the world and be the star, director and producer of your own live TV channel, wherever you are and however you want.

So now everyone here can do this as well. When you are watching either the BPX or SDN channels there is an option at the bottom to “Produce on this Channel” just click it (you’ll need a Kyte user which is free and a painless 30 seconds). Check out the Community TV page (if you are in IE you most likely will get a few pop ups about secure content – this is because of the fact we use HTTPS and they use HTTP it’s ok to continue) for more info and to watch the shows already there and live. You can also chat about the shows as well (including audio and/or video chat). See the FAQ for specific formats and such allowed.

Now if you create a show (we hope you do!) then please drag the “link” object to the working area and add your Business Card URL or your Community Profile link (please use http:// and not https:// in the link) as I did in my first show on the channel. At the end of each month we will review all the published shows (we will moderate your show so it won’t be published automatically) and then reward points for it, 40 is our thought right now but that can change based on what you produce.

You can also create your very own channel, just add the link to your profile and we can follow along as well there, but no points sorry! 

So jump over and check it out and start your very own video blog through one of these channels today! Nothing fancy to get started at all! 

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Nice new feature.  Now I have a GOOD reason to get a good digital video camera.  I'll take my request to the "Home Treasurer" and see if I can get some funds released.

      Thanks for the excuse to be a bigger geek!


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Just don't mention I did it with a 7yr old Logitech webcam (you know the "ball" one) LOL

      Looking forward to the first show from everyone else!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      As Quack said...I got a good reason too to bought myself a nice video camera -:D



      Author's profile photo Thomas Jung
      Thomas Jung
      I posted a show to the SDN Channel on Kyte today as well. It is just something about what I am working on this week - TechEd sessions.  I give a little preview of one of the sessions I am creating - CD251: Updating your ABAP skills for NetWeaver 7.0.

      I was a little worried if the screen captures would be readable at the lower resolution of the video - but they turned out OK.  I used the VP6 video codec on the FLV encoding (Variable 2-pass) to try and keep the quality up. It took a few trial and error attempts at encoding to find the settings I really liked.

      Also I changed into the same "I'm Blogging This on SDN" shirt that Craig was wearing in his video.  Perhaps this will start some strange Internet Cult around the shirt. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Suresh Datti
      Suresh Datti
      Thomas: Thanks for that nice preview.
      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
      Well, since Craig created a BPX TV channel, I thought I'd wear my BPX Shirt.  Also a few false starts as my webcam wasn't very cooperative, but I was easily able to capture with my digital camera a short video.  I also used Camtasia to see if I could demo the wiki screens, resolution too poor, I'm afraid, so I'll have to fiddle with the codec as you suggest, Thomas.  I also created my own BPX channel just for fun but I will certainly be using the BPX Community one Craig created almost exclusively: it's moderated and branded and also is  Thanks Craig!  I think this will be a breakthrough for even those of us who are a little digitally challenged, or shy, or grandmothers.
      Author's profile photo Oliver Kohl
      Oliver Kohl
      When I saw the first individuals like Scoble produce shows on kyte I thought this is a cute little tool to quickly produce small shows. But Craig, to bring this to SDN and give our members a unique place to present their stuff is plain awesome. Thanks!!

      If someone is looking for getting notified about new shows here are the RSS feed urls:




      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      So where is everyone else?

      Thanks for the RSS links Oliver!

      Author's profile photo Abesh Bhattacharjee
      Abesh Bhattacharjee
      Add one more to the list ! This is way cool ! kudos to you for this great job Craig. In the mean time let me see if I can "widgetise" this 🙂
      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
      Cool...and helpful.
      Author's profile photo Mark Finnern
      Mark Finnern
      Hi Everyone,

      Didn't post yesterday because I couldn't find the direct link:,channels/9638

      Hope you like it and yes Tim O'Reilly is going to be at the Community Day for a Q&A session in the afternoon. Very cool.

      Sign up and see you all there, Mark.

      Author's profile photo Abesh Bhattacharjee
      Abesh Bhattacharjee
      Hey all,
      Check out . Download the application on your handset and watch Kyte on your cell phone 🙂