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Brian Duerring

Brian Duerring is the co-founder & CEO of StreamSpot. Here are 3 facts about Brian: 1) Brian claims to have had more jobs than anyone his age having started working on his 15th birthday. His past titles include Executive, IT Manager, Director of Advertising, Director of Product Development, Operations Manager, Carpenter, Landscaper, Server, Telemarketer (sorry), Chef and Drive-thru Attendant. 2) A self-taught programmer, Brian coded much of the StreamSpot platform you see today. 3) When not working (which is rare for any entrepreneur), Brian can be found spending time with his beautiful wife, Laura, and two children, Ella & Nicholas.
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New Analytics... More than Just Statistics

Posted by Brian Duerring on Aug 9, 2017 9:23:22 AM

When StreamSpot engineers began working on developing new analytics earlier this year, they did not plan on the project becoming the largest enhancement to the StreamSpot platform to date.  

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Topics: New StreamSpot Features, streaming basics

Streaming Bundles... Who'da thunk it?

Posted by Brian Duerring on Apr 5, 2017 5:05:19 PM


Who would want a "Streaming Bundle?"

When StreamSpot opened its doors in 2010, we knew that our streaming solutions had to be turn-key.  If customers were forced to research, purchase and configure individual pieces of equipment for their streaming solutions,  they wouldn't do it (or wouldn't WANT to do it :). Starting with our very first customer, we offered everything needed to produce high-quality live broadcasts in one convenient package.  

While our turn-key bundles have evolved through the years, the concept remains the same.  Provide a high quality encoder (the device that processes the audio and video signals and sends them to your streaming provider), reliable cameras and capture devices... Pre-configure the equipment to each customer's account and ship it to each customer.  All StreamSpot equipment bundles ship with easy-to-follow setup instructions and our support team works with each customer remotely.  In the rare event that an installation is too challenging, StreamSpot has partnered with integrators across the country that can come onsite and install everything for you... Now that's simple!

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Topics: Church Live Streaming, New StreamSpot Features, streaming bundles, turn-key equipment, streaming equipment

What causes those pesky "freezes" during a live stream?

Posted by Brian Duerring on Jan 30, 2017 12:32:26 PM

There are only a few words that have been banned from the StreamSpot offices.  The most notorious of them are "buffering" and "freezing". Nothing puts a damper on a live stream quite like a picture-perfect broadcast, only to be interrupted by a few-seconds of a frozen screen.

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Topics: Live Streaming Overview, hls, buffering, http-live-streaming

LIVE overview of StreamSpot's Chromecast Integration

Posted by Brian Duerring on Apr 13, 2016 11:57:04 AM

Join us April 14th @ 1pm eastern for a LIVE overview of StreamSpot's Chromecast Integration.  We will stream the demonstration LIVE to the player below and to our Facebook Page.  Learn how easy it is to cast both live & on-demand broadcasts to an HDTV using StreamSpot's direct integration.

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Topics: New Integration Available

Simulated-live streaming - how it benefits broadcasters

Posted by Brian Duerring on Jan 7, 2016 11:29:06 AM

INTRODUCING SIMULATED-LIVE BROADCASTS

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Topics: New StreamSpot Features

StreamSpot Welcomes vMix Integration

Posted by Brian Duerring on Sep 17, 2015 1:27:40 PM

StreamSpot customers can now utilize vMix Video Mixing Software to enhance the overall quality of their broadcasts.  vMix is a Software Video Mixer and Switcher that utilizes the latest advances in computer hardware to provide live HD video mixing, a task previously only possible on expensive dedicated hardware mixers.

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Topics: New StreamSpot Features

Open Broadcaster Software now supported

Posted by Brian Duerring on Aug 17, 2015 12:18:56 PM

StreamSpot officially supports Open Broadcaster production software:

We are pleased to announce that StreamSpot customers can now utilize Open Broadcaster Software, a free and open-sourced video production software using a PC, Mac or Linux-based computer.  Using OBS, StreamSpot customers can include many different sources into their broadcasts including:

  • Desktop capture
  • Game capture
  • Images
  • Capture cards
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Topics: New StreamSpot Features

Dynamic XML, RSS and MRSS feeds for player, app and iTunes integration

Posted by Brian Duerring on Aug 14, 2015 4:51:41 PM

New Integration Features to Make Your Broadcasts Successful:

We're pleased to announce the release of dynamic integration options for your live and on-demand StreamSpot content.  Customers can seamlessly integrate StreamSpot into their favorite player, app or third-party application for a 100% customized viewing experience for their audience.

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Topics: New StreamSpot Features

Live streaming is here to stay

Posted by Brian Duerring on Jul 17, 2015 10:35:00 AM

BROADCAST OVERVIEW:

On September 30, 1929 The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) made history by making the world's first live television broadcast.  Radio broadcasting was also in its infancy having premiered the first live news program less than a decade earlier (August 31, 1920 by station 8MK in Detroit, Michigan).  The development of live radio and television broadcasts was driven by demand for instant news, sports and entertainment.  Prior to live broadcasts, these items were mostly obtained on-demand by reading newspapers, sending letters and social interactions.

Almost a century later we are faced with similar circumstances.  The Internet has provided consumers with an "always-on" pipeline of infinite, on-demand information.  Live streaming is the natural progression of the Internet and live broadcasting.  Research predicts that 70% of all live broadcasts will take place on the Internet by 2020 (up from 30% in 2015)  In fact, its domination of the market has already started:

  • TOTAL INTERNET TRAFFIC IN 2014
    • 35% - Netflix
    • 14% - YouTube
    • 3% - Amazon Prime Instant Video

Over 50% of all Internet traffic in 2014 was consumed by on-demand video streaming.  The simplicity of streaming revolutionized the on-demand video market and the same will happen with live broadcasting.  Don't believe us?  Just ask Blockbuster what happened to all of their video stores.


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Topics: Live Streaming Overview

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