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Livestreaming is all the rage today, be it from a handset or home computer with a webcam. But one of the major challenges is how to view that live content on a handset. Wouldn’t it be nice if a company could provide a method for livestreaming […]

Livestreaming is all the rage today, be it from a handset or home computer with a webcam. But one of the major challenges is how to view that live content on a handset. Wouldn’t it be nice if a company could provide a method for livestreaming to mobiles without a lengthy re-encoding process? Lo and behold, enter Livestream, which today announced its Procaster beta application for Mac and PC at NewTeeVee Live, our annual online video industry conference. Using the iPhone’s native H.264 HTTP streaming, Procaster allows for near-instant broadcasting to iPhones — there’s roughly a 20-second delay from live broadcast to the devices, and multiple handsets can tune into the same stream. Watch NTV Live by clicking here or going to iphone.livestream.com. Here’s a video demo to see how Procaster works:

http://www.youtube.com/v/Vz34SDuq-ls&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0&hd=1

I took the Procaster software for a short test drive, and I was broadcasting live from my Mac in under five minutes using an integrated webcam and microphone. Procaster can use any attached webcam or microphone, so you don’t have to limit yourself to integrated audio or video capture devices. Once my broadcast was live, I simply pointed the Safari browser on my iPhone to http://iphone.livestream.com where I saw my personal channel. Tapping it opened up QuickTime where I saw a near real-time, high-quality view of my  broadcast. Even better: As a broadcaster, I was able to toggle between my camera setup and my desktop, a solution I envision as being useful for real-time training and presentations.

While there are other ways to view video on the iPhone, most involve a lengthy re-encoding effort. Livestream has cut that down to under a half-minute. And the best part? Procaster is simply using the native functions that Apple already provides to the platform. That’s a killer feature right there because it means people can begin to live stream to iPhones without any software installs on the handset.

  1. That is a killer app! I will be experimenting with this tool in the very near future.

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  2. I think live streaming into mobile and from mobile will bring interesting dimension into both of these future rich technologies. We at http://www.arijasoft.com built these technologies and catering to the needs of mobile tv applications and live video streaming from mobile to web on iPhone and Android.

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  3. [...] to the IPhone – Mashable: , “Livestream Brings Live Video to Mobile Safari” – Giga OM: How to Watch NewTeeVee Live From Your iPhone – Mac World: Livestream’s new service streams live video to the iPhone – Venture Beat: Stream [...]

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  4. The $1250 per month streaming from livestream that offers a capacity of 200 GB stream bandwidth can still be expensive for Professional broadcasters. Asssuming a 700 KBPS medium bandwidth at the users/viewer side,if 200 people view an event for 20 mins ave. time at this speed, the bandwidth consumption would be 168 GB, almost to the capacity.

    So one has to top up the again to $1250 when the 200 GB capacity is consumed for the above scenario!!

    The same type of streaming for the example cited above,whether broadcasting to the Web/Flash or iPhone for more than double the bandwidth and user(viewer) capacity can be done at half the price through some niche technologies!

    If you are a broadcaster looking at making *significant profit margins* with mid to large volume streaming over a period of time, better do your homework!

    Mike
    videometrix@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Mike

      Totally agree with you.

      Could you point out some cheaper alternatives?
      Livestream is just so easy to set up and manage :)

      Had a look at Wowza on EC2, that looks much cheaper and you only pay for what you use. But you have to set it up first.

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  5. [...] startup Livestream. With the recent introduction of iPhone streaming from Livestream (which was launched at NewTeeVee Live last week), viewers will be able to watch the video on their iPhones at [...]

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  6. [...] this point, the main limitation has been viewing this content on a handset, however, this week LiveStream announced its Procaster beta application at NewTeeVee Live, enabling near instant broadcasting to [...]

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  7. Congratulations to Livestream for picking up a pair of awards at tonights Streaming Media Magazine Reader’s Choice awards (and big thanks for turning on iPhone streaming with Wowza 2 Advanced).

    Hey Globetrotter- Please try out the new version of the “Wowza Pro for Amazon EC2 User’s Guide.”
    http://www.wowzamedia.com/resources/WowzaProForAmazonEC2_UsersGuide.pdf
    Let me know if the tips for using ElasticFox to setup your AMIs help (ElasticFox is a FireFox plugin). Please send document comments offline direct to me at:

    John [at] WowzaMedia {dot com}

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