The Open Media Network launched Tuesday with a broad plan to enable many things we've been talking about here recently, like downloadable television shows, movies, and podcasts. Marc Andressen (a Netscape founder) is on the board and when I first heard about this, I assumed it would be a lot like Our Media, opening up content, streaming, and hosting to anyone on earth.
Despite the "Open" name and .org in their URL, it appears that Open Media isn't quite like that, built on Kontiki, a DRM-friendly media distribution system that keeps you from doing anything with files once you've downloaded them (I recall the first time I saw Kontiki, their product boasted features that would automatically delete downloaded movies after playing them x number of times).
The site doesn't work for me in Firefox and won't let me download a demo movie (which even includes "DRM" in the filename). In Internet Explorer, I'm asked to install a custom activeX control from a company I'm already having trouble trusting. Oh, and it's windows only.
I don't know how widespread Open Media adoption will be, but so far the early launch doesn't look too promising. Still, it's good to see more players in the IPTV space launching.