The Ocean Race

2:10 PM -- Jokingly, I asked Redback Networks Inc. , "What are you going to do now that you no longer have the San Jose Grand Prix?"

I didn't expect a real answer, but it turns out they've got a good one. Parent company Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has two teams in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-9.

That's a sailing race around the world, starting in Alicante, Spain, on October 11, 2008, and finishing in St. Petersburg, Russia, around 10 months later. Here's the map and schedule.

And Redback wants to broadcast it. "We're having some conversations as to what we can do in terms of live video from the boats," says Dan Lieberman, who handles product development for Redback's video architecture group.

During the last Ocean Race, teams showed they could edit footage on the boat and beam it via satellite for daily TV updates -- an idea bigger in Europe than in the U.S. Redback's job will be to package that video on the Internet in a cool way.

Live video feeds are a possibility. But there will be some slow times, like the two-month China-to-Brazil leg that passes through some empty-looking southern seas. "Day 43: Here you see the water to the north of us, and heeere [turning camera] is the water to the south of us..."

Actually, the race looks extraordinarily grueling, not something to joke about. The Website's top banner flashes the quote, "I am never, ever, ever doing this race again." Sounds like it's make for some great viewing.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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