Ustream is Introducing Some Additions to their Pro Broadcasting Service

Ustream Pro One of the growing trends among the online video services including YouTube and Ustream is to offer pro services. During NAB Ustream is introducing some additions to their Pro Broadcasting service Ustream Cloud Platform including:

  • live playlist
  • hd–enabled web broadcasting console
  • video on demand upload
  • new player technology
  • live close caption

The Ustream’s Pro Broadcasting service also now includes a linear programming capability which allows the broadcaster to take a recorded program and then run it on a continuous loop 24/7 or schedule to broadcast at a specific time. Ustream also has an integrated social stream, which allows the broadcaster to moderate a chat while the viewers can chat using either Twitter and Facebook.

The Ustream Pro Broadcasting Service has over 5000 global customers. One of the new partners for the Ustream Pro Broadcasting is Discovery Communication which will offer a 24/7 broadcasting of Animal Planet Live.

Ustream’s CEO Brad Hunstable will be moderating a panel at NAB “Re-inventing 24/7 Broadcast Media with Live Video Streaming Solutions” in South Hall Room S224 on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. If you are there it will be a panel worth going to.

GNC-2012-04-13 #757 Are you an Enabler?

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Are 30 Second Ads Hurting uStream, Livestream, Justin.tv?

Ad Dollars

It’s the cost of doing business – advertising pays the bills. However, when you have a live show where someone clicks on – and is ready to move on when they don’t get instant gratification, 30 second ad might make them move on before they even see the show. Is 30 too long and what is the magic number?

But Hulu Does it…

Hulu, of course, has really cornered the market on stream TV. And most people will wait through the ads. Each ad is 30 seconds.

Some of them are longer and give you the option to watch the longer commercial to avoid the commercials at the breaks.  Some of them are only 10-15 second ads, too.

There are 7 commercial spots in a 1-hour TV show on Hulu. It’s network content from NBC, ABC, FOX (and soon CBS on HULU Plus). It’s not live content, so nobody misses a thing (Same thing with YouTube – pre-recorded, so an ad can easily go in without losing content time).

We might even expect and accept network TV ads simply because it is coming from a major network.

Why it doesn’t work on uStream, Justin.tv

Whereas Hulu contains studio productions that can take a pause 7 times a show, uStream and Justin.tv contains live content. Every extra second an ad takes, you lose what is being done or said.

For a person trying to start great content on this system, a 30 second commercial in the foreground could cause loss of viewership. The person, in turn, could just nix the idea and move on simply because it’s harder to get an audience.

Refresh

If the content freezes or if the system crashes, then when you head back to the site, you have to endure another 30 second ad. Would that make people feel the need to come back to the site?

How should they make money?

I’m not talking about taking away the ads – just remember that people will not only leave a show, but also leave a website because they are not entertained.

10-15 seconds ads sound palatable. Add the pop-up ad every now and then – You’ve got a winning combination. Maybe when the show is off-line, content is played with breaks – 15 seconds every 5-10 minutes of content.

Browser Blocker add-ons?

Yes – if you install an add-on blocker in your browser, you could avert those ads. Personally I wouldn’t do that. It is a free service, after all. They need to make money to keep it free.

Pay a Premium?

What if the content producer paid to do their show? Would that in turn be good or bad for companies like uStream?

If the consumer was asked to pay, you might get a few that do it for a while. Most would want to go somewhere else for their content. You can only ask and see what happens.

While sites like uStream, Livestream and Justin.tv need to make money, long ads in front of the videos might not be the answer. Re-thinking the ad sounds like a better idea. break up off-line content -Play an add every 5-10 minutes in a pre-recorded show. Pop-up video ads that are not too invasive. That is what is needed in a live “See it now” environment.

GNC-2009-12-11 #535 Are you ready for the 24hr Podcast?

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Windows 7 on USB Stick!
Dragon Dictation on iPhone Awesome!
Clearwire Network Outages!
Facebook and your Privacy?
NASA Sky Mapping mission Short Delay.
AT&T wants you to Throttle back data Usage.. My idea crush em!
AT&T to charge more for more data usage on iPhone!
Android Root Hack!
We consume lots of Bandwidth every day!
Want a mini electric car?
Underwater robot makes it across Atlantic!
Gift for iPhone Gamers.
Magic of LitePanels.
Free iPhone apps that get good reviews.
Mozilla Dependent on Google.
Asa Doltzer brings out guns?
Is this Rational Thinking?
iTunes to be Web Page Based Soon?
How companies are cashing in on iPhone.
Google to buy Twitter?
500 Chrome Extensions!
iPhone Google Application Updated!
FCC gets spanked hard by GAO.
A little Malware for your Computer.
9 Lives in Appeals?
Spirals in the Sky did someone say BlackHole from Hadron?
HootSuite for Business Twitter Users.
iPhone gets Video Streaming Finally.
SpaceShipTwo Rolled out.

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Virgin Media to Monitor Users P2P usage.
UK Hacker Extradition to Proceed.
iPhone Worm Developer now building iPhone Apps.
Silverlight for iPhone versus Flash?
Windows 7 Passes OS X
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Is Coke in Trouble?
Microsoft going after Copyright Violators.
MPAA thinks we the public is Liars.
Kindle 2 gets PDF Support.
Mininova shuts down illegals Torrents.
Best and Worse Gadgets.
Climategate?
More Black Friday Ads.
Godfather of Spam goes to Jail.
Verizon thinks their King of 3G?
Microsoft and Apple users play games.
Some people question everything?
Weird is all I am gonna say.
Apple wants Psystar shut down now.
Black Friday Camera Deals.
Joost is in Trouble.
Run Chrome OS on a USB Stick.
Shuttle finishes up at ISS.
iPhone App Rejected see the List.
No more Space Tourist for now.
Google Wave and Why.
US Zip code Map scribbled.
Cuban on the Economy.
Deal Roundups.
Electric car you are going to want.
Robo Suit in Action.
Bad Black Friday.
Windows 8 Time Line Questioned.
Bing Does Video.
Mac Sales Price.
Ustream comes to Android.
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Why I Don’t Like those ‘Who’s Online’ Toolbars

Who's Online

It all started with Facebook. A little blue bar on the bottom saying who was online. I turned off the online chat. Then MySpace did it. Then YouTube did it.

I don’t mind that they have these little “Widgets” around the site. Still – You should really ASK me before assuming I want that option turned on. Especially if you add the bar.

It’s not that I don’t want to connect with friends. It’s not that I don’t want to be social. However, when I am deep in work, I really don’t want people messaging me at the wrong moment. Especially since some of these items create sounds – with no way to turn off.

Think about it. You are showing your Boss how to do something. You are on a GotoMeeting session showing off some websites that help with your brand. You get up on Facebook to show how that cool application will post to the social network site, when you get and IM “Dude – This girl does all kinda crazy http; // bit . ly / someurl”.

OK, maybe you as the masses might not be on that level yet, but you might in a couple years. I wasn’t there last year, but now I am doing more online meetings and PC requests than ever. I got off of IM’s like Yahoo and MSN Messanger because of this phenomenon; The ability to contact someone at anytime.

I did it because I have a little bit of ADHD. If I am engrossed in a project, someone might message me and we’ll get into a long back – and – forth conversation. In the meantime, I may loose focus on what I am doing. It’s not a multi-task issue. I multi-task all the time. Just now, I am working on remixing some music I recorded, adding to my own Podcast show notes and writing this article.

Maybe it’s because of the special attention – The conversation happens in real time as oppose to something I can write – then review – then post. Don’t take too long on replying to a message, or else you might just get a “Dude – you still there?” post. Sometimes, websites take certain advantages to our good nature.

For example: Have you ever gone into Facebook and turned off ALL email notification, then a month later find that they are emailling you again? You go into the settings and find they put up a new radio button on how to contact you and turned it on?

These are small privacy issues, but we are still talking privacy here. If Twitter was to inform people that I was online, I would most likely ask for a privacy button, or stop using the program alltogether.

Now I have said this before: If you are online, in some ways you forgo your privacy. I could run a program that could tell me everytime you use your computer, then send you a list of when and where you use it from. I would need specifics from your computer to do that, which would take a bit of legwork to do.

I will go online to talk at times. Then I can choose my program and turn it on. When I go on uStream, for example, I would like to talk to people. When I call up my IM – same thing.

There are those who love the toolbar; For that I say “Use it to your hearts’ content”. However, don’t assume I want to use it. Ask me if I want to use it – That way I am not surprised when someone says “Check out this Hottie…” when my boss is looking over my shoulder at my computer screen.

How the Video Presentation has Changed

Last night I went to a local awards ceremony. We sat there and watched as each winner was called off, came up and received their award. But what was cooler was how the presentation as a whole has changed from even 2 years ago.

You walk into the theatre and you saw the curtain with a screen attached to it. As the presentation started, the curtain rose and the band was playing. Behind them was the video of that band playing.

Band ends, curtain goes down and the Master of Ceremonies comes out. The first award is getting ready to present and they flash all the nominees on the screen in a Multimedia spectacular. The winner is announced and another presentation is displayed.

All of this is getting taped for television. Not for Major network release, but for local access channels. Best part is it won’t look like a recording coming from a VHS tape that was used and erased about 50 times – it will have the feel and look of a major awards ceremony.

I remember a few years back when we were going to re-do some videos at work. These were training videos that were first recorded in 1977 or something like that. Plaid jackets and video that was falling apart. We replaced that antiquated video production unit with a nice Sony DV camera.

Even some of the YouTube videos shot with a webcam have better production quality than a few years ago. We recorded SDRNews video of the CMSExpo last week with a Quickcam Pro 9000. What was even more interesting, that Saturday I stopped at Bucketworks – a community club for geeks in Milwaukee, WI – all their video was being shot and uploaded to uStream using the exact same cameras.

It’s what made the CES videos work so well. We were lugging around a big bulky camera, but the smaller cameras were giving just as much production. We also produced 3-4 times more content than just from one camera. You even got to see what it was like in the hustle-bustle of CES in Las Vegas.

All you need is 1-2 cameras, a Mac with CamTwist and you can produce a great show. Heck, you can even use a PC with SuperWebCam.

By the Way – I shot a Backchannel style channel using my AIPTEK HD camera, so you can get a feel of what it was like at the event. Gotta love the new age of Media.

BTW – The even was the Madison Area Music Awards. I did recieve an award last night for Unique Song of the Year with local artist Art Paul Schlosser.