EBS AC2000 and AC2001 Videos

The book "Securing the Network: F. Scott Yeager and the Rise of the Commercial Internet" tells the story behind the creation of key concepts behind the media-rich commercial Internet of today.

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Each year in January, Enron held a regular Analyst's Conference, and significant effort went into developing a presentation for the January 20th, 2000 event. McKinsey and Company, the global management consulting company where Enron President and Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Skilling had worked, was the driver of the financials to be presented. The consulting company insisted that Enron revisit and justify everything.

 

The Blockbuster VOD service, up and running by year-end 2000, was demonstrated at the 2001 Enron Analyst's Conference. Numerous videos244 showing this infrastructure and how it worked in early 2001. Within a year, David Cox and his team, Frank Bay and Steve Barth, deployed the entire Video on Demand (VOD) system on a Motorola set-top box. The video clearly shows it was the equivalent of what Netflix and every RBOC in the U.S. would look like many years later.


The story of Enron became lost in the scandals and false claims of the prosecutors. Prosecutors claimed that the BOS and EIN technology at EBS did not exist, wasn't real, or didn't work. Nothing could be further from the truth.


The technology and innovations at EIN were real, and the future envisioned at EBS was accurate. It's all around us today. Today's Commercial Internet grew directly from those innovations. The Commercial Internet includes media-rich streaming content to enable e-commerce and engage large audiences via all devices.

AC2000 Raw Footage

VOD AC2001