Koyaanisqatsi Arrives on a Computer Near You
"This is the perfect movie for the IP Multicast Summit," says Mayra Langdon Riesman, founder of Film Scouts LLC. "It harks back to the silent-film era in its lack of dialog, and yet it shows the power of the medium and how well it can be merged with the Internet as a broadcast vehicle. This is really the merging of two worlds, the Internet and the motion picture; just as sight and sound merged to give us motion pictures, we are now seeing the beginning of a new medium on a new frontier."
Philip Hoschka, of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), declares that "this will prove that IP multicast is a viable technology for TV-like content on the Internet. I worked with Film Scouts during the Cannes Film Festival on IP multicast, and their dedication to this technology is exemplary in the industry. They are truly pioneers."
Low-bandwidth Internet users able to receive audio and limited video; higher-bandwidth users will have the best video experience. The highest-bandwidth (300 Kbps and above) users must be connected to a multicast-enabled ISP to make full use of the transmission. The online screening is being supported by Broadcast.com, Stardust Forums, Hughes Network Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Real Networks, Sprint, UUNET, and Microsoft.