updated 12:15 pm EDT, Wed May 31, 2006
Podcasting system debuts
Intelligent Assistance has released Intellicaster, a turnkey automated podcasting system that records TV or radio broadcasters' locally originated programming and publishes it to the Web. Intellicaster is a intelligent hardware/software combination that automatically records specific time intervals -- evening newscasts, morning, or afternoon programming -- that optionally deletes commercials, encodes for podcasting, and uploads/publishes the programming repeatedly on a daily basis. Hardware encoding to iPod format is also available as an option on some configurations. Complete systems, including installation, start at $4500, and all Intellicaster systems include a Mac.
Intellicaster comes in a variety of hardware and software combinations which depend on the type source available, as well as the speed of output required.
Users can link Intellicaster with klickTab's RSS commerce solution, allowing local broadcasters to gain additional revenue from podcasts by using micropayments within the podcast infrastructure. Subscribers can pay for episodes or shows when they download in common software, such as Apple's iTunes.