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Live Streaming on the Big Screen: TV Apps, OTT, and the Future of Television

Posted by Michael Wilson on Oct 19, 2018 3:43:52 PM

Multi-Platform Streaming

It has been said, "if you aren't everywhere, you're nowhere." This holds some level of truth in many industries, and the world of live streaming is no exception.

No matter what kind of content you produce, in most cases, you probably want people to see it. The most important step you can take in making that happen is putting your content where (and how) people want to see it.

Thanks to advances in modern web-video technology, your StreamSpot broadcasts play well on computers, tablets, smartphones, and more. Pretty much any device that can open a standard web browser these days can view a live stream. The days of third-party plugins are gone, and on the mobile front, dedicated apps are becoming less prevalent in favor of responsive, mobile-friendly websites.

It's easier than ever to provide coverage of your event to laptops, desktops, phone and tablets, all with one website. What's left?

 

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Topics: integrations, OTT, over the top, roku, chromecast, appletv, Amazon Fire, features, http-live-streaming

High Holy Day Streams: Beyond the Numbers

Posted by Laura Duerring on Sep 18, 2018 12:12:27 PM

There are several times of year when the StreamSpot Team is busiest supporting its customers, providing both fast and accurate responses to support requests, and also proactively monitoring every broadcast on the platform to ensure each is a success. Understandably, many of these busy times of year fall in sync with holiday schedules of our large house of worship customer base, which means that the last few weeks have been dedicated to proudly serving many of our Jewish customers who utilize StreamSpot to stream the High Holy Day services of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to those who cannot make it, often due to difficulty or distance.

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Topics: high holidays

Webinar - High Holiday Live Streaming: What you Need to Know About Music Licensing

Posted by Ryan Campbell on Aug 14, 2018 9:41:14 AM

High Holiday services are streamed live to viewers all over the world.  StreamSpot and JLicense have partnered to ensure the music contained in each broadcast is licensed properly. 

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Topics: Synagogue Streaming, Union for Reform Judaism, webinar, jlicense, music licensing, integrations, high holidays

The Life (and Death) of Autoplay

Posted by Ryan Campbell on Apr 20, 2018 11:34:36 AM

In recent months, many of the major web browsers, both on desktops and on mobile, have made the change to startblocking auto-playing video with or without audio. For browsers like Chrome, this is due to a set of polls that Google has taken from its users that showed an overwhelmingly negative experience for videos with auto-play enabled on websites.

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Topics: streaming basics, players, autoplay, features

Will Live Streaming Hurt Church Attendance?

Posted by Ryan Campbell on Feb 14, 2018 2:00:00 PM

 

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Topics: Church Live Streaming, attendance, hurt, Faith-Based Streaming

StreamSpot Wired Recap: Osprey Talks Talon Encoders, Previews the Raptor Series

Posted by Laura Duerring on Feb 12, 2018 1:05:16 PM

Shelby Smith of Osprey Video joined StreamSpot Wired to cover their hardware encoder and capture card product lines. Osprey has 20+ years of experience in the video capture and streaming market, with more than 1,000,000  capture cards sold. Osprey products are widely known for their quality and reliability.

The Osprey Talon series is a popular option here at StreamSpot. On today's show, Smith explained why the Talon line is great for streaming then how it easily integrates with those on the StreamSpot platform.

When asked about Osprey has coming down the pike, Smith gave some clues on their new upcoming line of capture cards, the Raptor Series. Smith teased the affordable pricepoint, along with the sheer power behind it, will be the big draw to their new capture card line.

Smith, along with hosts Jeff Adams and Ryan Campbell, wrapped by discussing what they're most anticipating at NAB this spring, which is just a few weeks away! Campbell perhaps said it best, saying he's excited about the things that he's not even thinking of yet.

We're looking forward to visiting Osprey and many of our StreamSpot partners at their booths at NAB soon!

 

To check out the show archive in its entirety, take a look at the video below, and stay Wired!

 

 

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Topics: streaming equipment, streaming basics, Live Streaming Overview, cdn, capture cards

StreamSpot Wired Recap: CES Wrap-up and Interview with Mid-South Broadcasting's Michael Wilson

Posted by Laura Duerring on Jan 15, 2018 2:02:02 PM

The new year brought new and exciting topics on StreamSpot Wired, from recapping what came out of the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (AI, a power outage, the dazzling Intel Shooting Star drone light show, and the favorite of host Jeff Adams, the Sony Aibo robot dog) to a great interview to start the new year with streaming guru Michael Wilson of Mid-South Broadcasting. Wilson is a valued expert in the StreamSpot community, as well as many online streaming communities, for his insight and sheer volume of experience in live streaming events for his Mid-South clients. 

Wilson shared his take on what important factors should go in to choosing a streaming provider vs. opting to use a free streaming service, as well as what features are important to his company when live streaming, particularly when streaming high school basketball games. Wilson also shared his own clock-buzzer calls and moments of panic when streaming on location (we've all been there!) and why local recording has become standard practice in his business.

Not to be outdone by the robot dog footage at the top of the show, StreamSpot's own Goldendoodle-in-residence Max made a quick appearance to close out the show!

To check out the show archive in its entirety, take a look at the video below, and stay Wired!

 

 

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Topics: streaming equipment, streaming basics, Live Streaming Overview, cdn

Akamai Talks Content Delivery with StreamSpot Wired

Posted by Laura Duerring on Dec 18, 2017 3:42:32 PM

230,000 servers deployed in over 130 countries worldwide—Akamai Technologies knows a thing or two about content delivery! Akamai’s Jon Alexander joined StreamSpot Wired to talk about how the world’s largest CDN is constantly at work to provide the highest possible stream quality to all devices, and why that’s a great thing for StreamSpot customers.

Alexander stated that Akamai's goal is to put servers as close to end users as possible to deliver content to guarantee the reliability and highest possible quality to all desired devices the end users are using. Of interest, he noted the highest traffic event for Akamai occurred earlier this year, delivering 60 terabits of traffic simultaneously. Wow!

In looking towards the future, Alexander noted Akamai is forecasting and investing in services, new codecs, formats, and preparation of content to ensure they can support all devices with the best possible quality.

Akamai’s robust network of servers around the world is the perfect solution to ensure the best possible streaming experience for StreamSpot customers and their viewers, and we're thrilled to work with the team at Akamai Technologies!

Take a look at the video below for the full interview.

 

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Topics: streaming equipment, streaming basics, Live Streaming Overview, cdn

Wired Recap: Axis Communications Talks Security Grade Cams for Streaming

Posted by Laura Duerring on Dec 4, 2017 3:23:57 PM

This week on Wired, Axis Communications joined host Jeff Adams and StreamSpot ops manager Ryan Campbell to talk about the benefits of utilizing security-grade cameras for streaming in your venue. Axis invented the world’s first network camera in 1996 and is the market leader in network video. It's not surprising that security and streaming share the same requirements of reliable, built-to-last cameras, making the synergy of surveillance cameras for live streaming so dynamic. 

Axis Product Manager Steve Burdet gave great insight into the most important factors to consider when deciding if a network camera for streaming is best for your venue and needs and ran through the features of the new M5525-E models that will be hitting the market soon.

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Topics: streaming equipment, streaming basics, Live Streaming Overview

New Updates to the StreamSpot Player

Posted by Ryan Campbell on Nov 28, 2017 12:48:01 PM
StreamSpot is excited to announce the release of several upgrades to our custom streaming players. The upgraded player is the result of feedback from our customers, industry trends and playback standards, and the combined knowledge of our streaming experts. As we began to break down the player we began to think of new ways to implement features and ways to improve its functionality and ease of use. The result was a co mplete rebuild of the streaming player from the ground up. The upgraded player is faster, lighter and even more compatible with all devices and browsers.

The changes go beyond just the aesthetic look of the player, we have done away with the former slideout “menu", customers revealed that viewers were not sure how to access the menu and were not aware of the many options and features that existed on the player.

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Topics: New StreamSpot Features, enhancements, player, update