What’s a podcast? The underlying technology used for podcasts called RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a feed capable of containing any type of media besides audio. New audiences can subscribe to a podcast and receive new episodes automatically through an RSS feed. Podcasting consists of publishing XML files which contain references to media (called “enclosures”) to a website. Podcast aggregators (often referred to as “podcatchers”) read these XML files and download all the linked enclosures.
Unlike terrestrial and internet radio, podcasts are time-shifted, meaning listeners have control over when and where they hear their favorite programming. In addition, podcasts can have designated destinations such as iTunes or other subscriber-based distributors where episodes are delivered automatically to a subscriber so the latest updates are always readily available with no effort required by the listener. Podcasts offer the same freedom and level of control audiences are familiar when listening to their own personal music collections. Film Festival reViews podcasts are recorded at Wheatsheaf Productions and on remote locations.