Dive on the Desktop
WHEN TORI AMOS PERFORMED for free at the new Virgin Megastore in New York City, the Net was watching from Atlantic Records' Digital Arena (http://www.atlantic-records.com/). And no one needed any hardware or software besides a Java-enabled Web browser. That's because Atlantic used Thinking Pictures' new Rockpipe software to broadcast video on the Internet. Rockpipe uses Netscape's server-push feature to transmit 12 frames per second at 28.8 kbps, and smooth video on high-speed connections (like T1 lines). The rest of the arena consisted of inspired uses of low tech: an Atlantic employee armed with a cell phone described the event and interviewed audience members, while someone back at the office typed his commentary onto the Web site. Next up in the Digital Arena: The Tragically Hip on May 31.