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

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: Live Streaming Overview, streaming basics, streaming equipment

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: Live Streaming Overview, streaming basics, streaming equipment

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

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

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

Bit Rates and Live Streaming: What is the connection? How to choose?

Posted by Ryan Campbell on Dec 22, 2015 6:35:37 PM

Take a look at bitrates and how they affect playback during a live or on-demand broadcast.

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Topics: Live Streaming Overview, streaming basics