Grab your broadband ringside seat to the US Election with Livestation

October 30, 2021

As the race for the White House reaches its climax, Livestation is offering a unique, interactive experience. With some of the best global news channels available in one place, Livestation viewers can benefit from a wide choice of coverage, multiple perspectives and the chance to use the Livestation chat functionality to influence how live, on-air programmes develop.

“I will be eagerly watching Livestation to see how the world watches the election of the century.”
Chris Cramer, Global Editor, Multimedia, Reuters News

During the election, Livestation viewers will be able to watch the action live, on their desktops, anywhere in the world, and chat in real time with other viewers as well as journalists and producers from our partner channels such as Riz Khan of Al Jazeera.  Most of our partners are planning 12-hour TV specials, offering news, analysis and studio discussions as events unfold. Here are some of the highlights of the coverage on election night. Read more

ITN On joins Livestation’s partner channel line up

October 17, 2021

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News, including sports and entertainment top stories available to anyone with a broadband connection

17 October 2008: ITN On one of the world’s leading producers of news and entertainment content for multimedia platforms joined Livestation today.

Livestation viewers can now access ITN On’s made-for-broadband 24 hour channel, the only channel of its kind in the UK. Users can catch the latest national and international news as a well as showbiz and sports content.

Nicholas Wheeler Managing Director, ITN On said: “As a platform focussed on news, it makes sense for ITN On to stream our channel on Livestation. It offers us a great opportunity to expand our business and brand globally. We also believe users will see the real benefit in viewing a made-for-broadband news channel over linear TV models online.”

ITN On joins a growing list of Livestation partners who include Al Jazeera, BBC, Bloomberg, C-SPAN, Deutsche Welle, euronews, France 24 and Russia Today.

“ITN On is a perfect partner for Livestation, with its continually updated news summaries and top sports, entertainment and business news. It’s an ideal addition for the growing choice of news perspectives offered via Livestation. We’ve particularly enjoyed working in partnership with the team at ITN On to make this happen and are confident that Livestation viewers will value our latest addition.” Matteo Berlucchi, CEO, Livestation

About ITN On
ITN On is part of ITN, one of the world’s leading news and multimedia content companies. ITN On is the UK’s leading supplier of news and other video entertainment content to broadband, mobile and radio platforms. ITN On pioneered video news on mobile in Europe, launching with 3 and was the first UK company to create made-for-mobile news and weather channels. ITN On’s key business partners include, Vodafone, 3, Orange and T-Mobile as well as established online operators including Yahoo!, MSN, Telegraph Media Group, Bebo, YouTube and blinkx. ITN On’s radio division IRN supplies news to over 250 commercial radio stations throughout the UK with a combined daily audience of 24 million. www.itn.co.uk

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Joost comes out in a flash

October 14, 2021

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Joost has finally completed it’s second coming.  Right, Joost updated it’s offering by moving to a new social web site plus a web plugin a month ago… but what everyone was waiting for was for the new Joost flash based solution.

Over the last few days Joost has been testing the new client… sometime rendering it’s service unusable in the process… for example triggering a schizophrenic page reload in a loop.  But now all appear stable and running just fine with the new flash based player.

Joost finally saw the light regarding flash.  I had proposed they move to this platform a year ago but was told by a few people that this was not on the roadmap and that a plugin was more in line with the vision… obviously they where right and I was right ;-) but in the long run I am sure that only the flash flavor will remain.

As soon as the flash solution became available I removed the plugin from my system.  I hate to see it consume CPU cycles after I leave Joost web site.  Now with the flash client all is done when I leave Joost site.

What kind of technology does Joost use?  Apparently a simple flash front-end to an mp4 encoded h.264 video stream and AAC audio.  If I was Joost I would be a bit worried about getting my content “captures” as one can easilly download the whole file and save it to the HD be simply using QT to open the same web link the player use.  For example: link to joost source video.

Joost apparently corrupt the h.264 video stream making it very hard (but not impossible) to edit.  It is also possible to upload it to other platform like youtube (Joost… be nice to me, I am only pointing the obvious ;-)).  Uploading the Joost saved video linked above to youtube give the following result:

The video quality in the flash player is the same as what you use to get with the plugin… therefore I suspect you get the same file as the plugin minus the encryption bits.

This is truly the second coming of Joost and is a welcome one.  Hopefully more and more content deals will now be made to make Joost a viable competitor to hulu… or at least a viable complement of hulu… essentially filling the space that is currently left empty.

Update:

I noticed Joost is employing download throttling on the video download to only serve up fast enough to allow for continuous realtime playback.  This is a sort of deterrent to Joost video copy as it make it painfully slow to copy content… essentially you can’t copy faster than realtime.

  • Joost gets Flashy, works with virtually any web browser
  • Joost Turns On Its All-Flash Website. Is Anybody Watching?
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Livestation client 2.1.1 ready for download

October 9, 2021

This is just a short post to let you know that Livestation encourage all current users to upgrade to 2.1.1.  This is the stable patched version of the new 2.1 client code.

Support to previous version stream (in particular 1.0) will be dropped soon as the small team is focussing on the new 2.0 code base.

  • Livestation Brings Streaming TV to All Platforms
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Livestation adds 7 new partner channels

October 3, 2021

Livestation has added 7 new partner channels to its live, interactive online TV service:

  • BBC Arabic
  • C-SPAN
  • Rusya Al Yaum (Russia Today Arabic)
  • France 24 (Arabic)
  • Euronews (German, French and Arabic).

Livestation works together with its partner channels to explore the potential of live TV online by offering new interactive features, driving traffic back to the broadcasters’ sites and examining viewer behaviour in order to respond positively to new interactive broadcasting opportunities. In that spirit, Livestation and Al Jazeera English recently co-hosted live, instant chat room discussions during the presidential and vice-presidential candidate debates.

Livestation partners now include Al Jazeera English, BBC Arabic, BBC World News and BBC World Service radio, Bloomberg Television, C-SPAN, Deutsche Welle TV and radio, euronews (English, French, Italian, German, Russian, Arabic and Spanish), France 24 (English and Arabic) and Russia Today (English and Arabic).

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YouTube getting ready for live-streaming

October 2, 2021

On November 22 2008 YouTube will host a live streaming event as advertised below:

A comment by Steve Chen about YouTube working on a live-streaming product to be released this year was reported back in February.

  • YouTube to host live-streamed event in SF
  • Google nixes Steve Chen’s YouTube live video plan [Bad Ideas]
  • YouTube cofounder casually promises to wipe out Ustream, Justin.tv [Steve Chen]
  • YouTube Getting HD in Three Months [Upgrades]
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REVISION3 Joins Joost

October 2, 2021

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Revision3, the TV network for the Internet generation, will begin syndicating its entire content catalogue of shows including Tekzilla, Diggnation, Wine Library TV, and The Totally Rad Show to Joost™—the world’s first broadcast-quality Internet television service. The shows can also be viewed at Revision3 and on each show’s individual site. Fans can tune in to Joost™ for their daily dose of these shows and more.

“Web entertainment is about putting the viewer in charge, letting them watch ground-breaking material wherever and whenever they want – on any service,” says Jim Louderback, CEO of Revision3. “Joost offers one of the most enjoyable ways to experience online video, and we’re proud to be a part of their offerings.”

Both Revision3 and Joost are committed to bringing their viewers excellence in innovative programming. Joost makes it simple for people around the world to watch high-quality video content for free. Taking advantage of the convenience of the Joost, Revision3 will make each show accessible in multiple, high-audio-and-visual quality formats.

Danny Passman, global head of programming for Joost, said, “Our goal is to help users create communities around our compelling content. Great shows like Diggnation and Wine Library TV – shows that appeal directly to our audience – will find big audiences from around the world on Joost.”

About Revision3:
Revision3 is the first media company that gets it. Born from the Internet, Revision3 is a TV network for the web, creating and producing shows for a new audience: passionate fans who want to watch shows about technology, modern culture and music that entertain, educate and help to expand their life experiences.

The company was founded in 2005 by technology visionaries Kevin Rose, Jay Adelson and David Prager, because they couldn’t find anything they wanted to watch on traditional television. The company is now led by Internet TV pioneer Jim Louderback. With more than 35 million downloads, Revision3’s programs can be found everywhere from Revision3 to a wide range of platforms, including Apple iTunes, Bittorrent, DivX, YouTube and PyroTV. Shows can be watched on any device, from a cell phone to an Apple Nano, on a computer or a TV.

Source: http://revision3.com/blog/2008/09/23/revision3-joins-joost%E2%84%A2/

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C-SPAN joins Livestation as a partner channel

October 1, 2021

C-SPAN, the US cable TV network dedicated to airing non-stop coverage of government proceedings and public affairs programming, today joined Livestation as a partner channel. The C-SPAN channel will be available to anyone outside the US.

C-SPAN becomes the tenth partner channel to join Livestation, the destination for live TV and radio over broadband. Other partners include Al Jazeera, Bloomberg Television, Deutsche Welle TV and radio, euronews, France 24, Russia Today, BBC World News and BBC World Service radio. Read more