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The way I’m watching Bonnaroo from my living room has nothing to do with how we’ve defined live TV for so long. Instead, the music festival is flowing into my TV thanks to broadband and an easy-to-sync-up array of gadgets from Apple to Samsung HD.

Bonnaroo for the Living Room
photo: Rex Hammock

Look at that photo on the left.

You are looking at the future. Well, actually you are looking at the present. Or, at least it was a “live stream” when I photographed it.

Technically speaking, you are seeing a photo of a Samsung HD TV displaying one of two channels of the Bonnaroo Music (and Art) Festival being live-streamed via YouTube. (For the record, Bonnaroo, which runs through Sunday night, is an hour or so southeast from where I’m writing this, but about two or three decades away from the last time I desired to be in such a massive crowd.)

The reason you are able to see that photo of the concert on my TV has nothing to do with the way we’ve all thought of “Live TV” in the past — as in, what we see on TV being from a cable or broadcast network.

These two Bonaroo channels are flowing into my TV thanks to Internet tubes and an array of gadgets that are quite simple to sync up.

Let’s see: I’m using Wi-fi to pull the stream into my iPhone and then, using Apple Air Play, the video and audio is being magically beamed to an AppleTV and into my TV. (I could make this happen easier if I had a Mac Mini hooked up to the TV, but what fun would that be?)

The sound is HD quality and is being pumped out via a Yamaha Soundbar I have connected to my TV (because it fit precisely in the space I had to work with).

Oh, yeah. On the website, it says Intel and Dell are the sponsors, so I guess I should thank them, also.

The picture is of varying quality. It can go from being near HD quality to being pixelated (unlike the near constant HD quality of the Masters Golf Trounament which I watched using their iPhone app in much the same way).

So why is this the future? Well, I’ll let Doc Searls explain what will happen when Apple’s screen resolution is added to the mix and how it will turn “the Net’s top into TV’s bottom.”

Did I mention I haven’t seen any commercials?

Did I mention they have two feeds from different stages?

Did I mention how comfortable and air-conditioned the family room in my house is compared to hanging out with 85,000 concert goers in the heat and/or rain that seems never to bother those who actually go to Bonaroo, bless their hearts.

Rex Hammock is founder/ceo of Hammock Inc., the content marketing, strategy and media company founded in 1991 in Nashville, Tenn. He is also founder/helper-in-chief of the wiki, SmallBusiness.com. He started RexHammock.com in 2000, and you can follow him on Twitter @r.

This article originally appeared in RexBlog.

  1. how did you manage to find the live stream on the iphone? cant seem to plug in the right search terms to find it

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