It seems as if the options for personal communications has expanded again. A group of students from the University of Texas at Austin have created a software package that allows anyone connected to the Internet to operate their own television studio.

The software, called Alluvium, uses peer-to-peer technology to let people stream video to multiple users nonstop — even without high-speed Internet connections. It’s not just for tech enthusiasts and struggling artists, says Joseph T. Lopez, a graduate student who co-founded the software project. Alluvium, he says, could serve plenty of prosaic purposes — like letting parents broadcast their childrens’ soccer games for family members, or helping community groups find a high-tech alternative to public-access TV.

Podcasting has rapidly become a tool for creating and distributing personal radio programs. Now we’re close to enabling people to create their own television shows. Considering some of the good material that’s been done with just audio, I’m really curious to see what creative people can do with "swarmcasting".

However, the whole concept caused my warped little brain to pull up memories of Weird Al Yankovic’s UHF. And that’s scary!