The StreamSpot Blog

Insight, news and reviews from the StreamSpot staff

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

Wired Recap: Camera Options for Streaming

Posted by Laura Duerring on Nov 10, 2017 11:29:50 AM

This week on Wired, StreamSpot was joined by streaming experts Tess Protesto and Paul Richards from our partner, PTZ Optics. The self-pronounced "Stream Geeks" demonstrated the latest and greatest cameras in their lineup, as well as gave great tips on how to choose the best camera for your venue. 

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Topics: streaming equipment, streaming basics, Live Streaming Overview

StreamSpot "Wired" Talks Facebook Live with Wowza, VideoRX

Posted by Laura Duerring on Oct 30, 2017 12:40:20 PM

Did you know that nearly 80% of online audiences are already watching streams on Facebook Live? How about that Facebook Live audiences are now watching live content three times longer than pre-recorded content?

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Topics: streaming equipment, streaming basics, Live Streaming Overview

StreamSpot Wired - Episode 1: Welcome to the Show

Posted by Laura Duerring on Oct 10, 2017 8:27:22 AM

Welcome to StreamSpot Wired, a show dedicated to live-streaming.  This is not a commercial for StreamSpot.  In fact, a majority of our guest will be from other streaming companies.  Instead, we'll focus on the technology, features and trends of the ever-changing live-streaming market.

In our introductory episode, host Jeff Adams interviews StreamSpot's co-founder & CEO Brian Duerring and discusses streaming analytics.

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Topics: StreamSpot Wired

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

Migration to the world's largest content delivery network? Check!

Posted by Laura Duerring on Jul 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Patent-pending automation software for simple setup and flawless streaming? Check.

Turn-key equipment bundles, preconfigured and delivered to your door? Check.

Unmatched technical support? Check.

Migration to the world's largest and most trusted content delivery network to ensure the best possible streaming experience for our viewers?

Check, check, check.

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Topics: Official StreamSpot Release

Compression, Codecs, Keyframes, and the Basics of Stream Quality

Posted by Corey Taylor on Jul 10, 2017 4:42:51 PM

A/V technology, particularly as it relates to streaming, has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. In the last few years, shooting high-quality video has gone from an investment in particularly expensive capture equipment to something achievable by much more practical and affordable equipment, while still producing a high-quality product. However, this great quality has some downsides, including the fact that high quality translates to a very high data rate (or bitrate), with some as high as 5TB an hour! These files are too large for most user’s internet connections, even those who may have incredible download speeds, and most devices your viewers are watching your stream on aren’t designed to play these videos in the format in which they are shot. The solution to all these problems? Video compression.

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Topics: Live Streaming Overview, buffering, streaming basics, Faith-Based Streaming

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, streaming equipment, turn-key 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, buffering, http-live-streaming, hls

"Why Should I Live Stream?" A Biblical Perspective

Posted by Ryan Campbell on Nov 14, 2016 12:26:14 PM

As Operations Manager at StreamSpot, the number one question I hear from houses of worship is a fairly basic one: “Why should I stream?” It’s a question that all streaming providers in the industry are asked, and from a technology standpoint, we all mostly answer it in a similar way: in addition to discussing the ability to stream in today’s world, we speak about reaching out to those who cannot make it to services, due to difficulty or distance: those who are sick, homebound, traveling, and cannot make it to services. These are all great reasons, but I recently felt compelled to look deeper as to the “why,” not only why from a practicality standpoint, but from a biblical one. I reflected on the underlying question, “what does the Bible say about live streaming?”

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Topics: streaming basics, Live Streaming Overview, Faith-Based Streaming