On Tuesday, I visited the offices and studios of MN1.com in Dallas.
Located at InfoMart, the company has not only has its sales and marketing offices, but a real TV production studio where they broadcast live financial and business news via the Internet. They also have 3 remote production trucks so they can broadcast live, on location, just like old school media does.
While there are many Internet-based TV shows, this is the only one that I know of (tell me if I am wrong here) where they are not just doing "live" TV, but doing it in the setting of a professional studio and doing it for hours and hours on end.
Sure, there are services like UStream that let you broadcast live Internet TV, but these guys are not doing UStream.
Think of CNBC with a set, reporters with industry expertise, a bit of commentary and fun, and guests who don't have to be on the set for interviews, for they are streamed in using SightSpeed.
The company's focus is on Microcap and Small Cap stocks.
But that's not what really interested me.
What blew me away was the fact that I kept thinking that I was a traditonal broadcast TV studio like CNN, CBS, NBC, or ABC. So what these guys have done can be applied not just for finanical news, but sports, lifestyle, religion, kids, etc.
There is some proprietary technology the team has developed and with my being under NDA I can't go into too much detail on how they are doing this.
What is compelling and disruptive, is that they are producing content, at times even beating the likes of Dow Jones and Reuters on under the radar financial news, selling ads, and developing some new IP based technologies that I've yet to see.
Check out MN1 not just for financial news, but to get a sense for the potential of real broadcast over IP television programming.