The 1.6 release of our iPhone app has just hit the AppStore. Here are a few of the reasons why you’ll definitely want to update.
- Robust stream stability, in part thanks to our global CDN partner Akamai
- Multibitrate streaming when using the latest version of Livestream Procaster
- Airplay support, so you can watch live on your Apple TV
- See who’s watching with you (via Facebook)
- Chat with the audience
- Follow channels to get push notifications when they’re live
- Design updates
If you don’t already have it, you can get the app here.
The official live feed of the countdown in New York’s Times Square is on Livestream! The Times Square Alliance brings you six hours of entertainment including a performance by platinum recording artist Taio Cruz. The action begins with the Confetti Test on Wednesday December 29 and continues to the Giant Switch Test on Thursday December 30, while the ball-raising ceremony starts at 6pm EST on the night. You can watch the festivities anywhere you are with our Times Square App, now available in the App Store and the Android Market! Be there as New York rings in the New Year, only at http://livestream.com/2011!
By Charlie White [from the original posted on Mashable on December 21]
Can’t be in Times Square for New Year’s Eve? The Times Square Ball App for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android could be the next best thing. The free app features a live video feed of the New Year’s Eve festivities from Times Square, offering six-and-a-half hours of bands, frolic and festivities without any commercials in between. There’s also a customizable countdown clock to 2011, situated front and center on the main screen of the app and adjustable for the time zone of the user.
Users can check in to Foursquare, Facebook and Twitter through the app, which will show them precisely how far they are away from Times Square. The app also invites users to submit photos of their revelry and debauchery, and then vote on photos submitted by other users. The photos with the most votes will be shown on the huge video screen atop One Times Square, just underneath the Waterford Crystal ball that makes its annual descent at midnight. [see below for a demo video of the app]
Produced by Monday Sessions Media, developed by HAAS/créa, and streaming components developed by Livestream LLC., it’s available now on the Android Market and App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and it requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Today, Facebook launched their newest product, Facebook Places, on their Facebook Live channel.
Places helps users share where they are, where their friends are, and to discover new places around them. With features like notifications when friends are near and integration with partners such as Gowalla, Foursquare, Yelp and Booyah, the product provides a whole new layer to the experience of sharing places.
The Facebook Live channel, with Livestream as its official live streaming partner, serves as the central online space to hear Facebook announcements, watch press events, take part in live chats with Facebook engineers & special guests and to watch the annual f8 developer conference. It also incorporates Facebook’s real-time Live Feed technology to facilitate interactions between the viewing audience and the speaker.
Livestream CEO Max Haot had this to say regarding the launch of Facebook Live:
“We are proud to be the official live streaming partner for Facebook Live and to help Facebook extend its events at Facebook HQ to the broader online community.”
To learn more about Places, click through to watch the replay of Facebook’s announcement now.
Starting June 7, Internet Week invites all interested companies and organizations to participate. Like the Web itself, Internet Week is open: anyone can throw events citywide. Over 100 events, ranging from parties and meetups to executive breakfasts and conferences will be hosted throughout NYC.
From the official headquarter space in Chelsea, to the official hotel, The Standard, in the Meatpacking District, to the many crowd-sourced events held citywide, this space will be both a place for attendees to meet, greet, and get a little work done, as well as hosting arts, technology, media and entertainment exhibitions and social events.
Events include the Microsoft Expression Studio 4 launch, workshops on user experience sells and social media, and a World Cup 2010 Kickoff party & tweetup. No organization is too big or too small to be included.
Experience open access for all live at http://livestream.com/internetweekny.
Yesterday we debuted a new live streaming application, built specifically for the Facebook F8 conference (held yesterday in San Fancisco). The event was an incredible success and we’re proud to announce the Facebook partnership. Now that the dust has settled we’d like to take you through a few of the product features in more detail.
1. Support for iPad & iPhone via HTML5
The entire F8 application can be viewed on iPad as well as on your desktop computer using HTML5 versions of the Livestream Player. While live, the streams were also available to iPhone, Android and Blackberry users via our mobile website.
2. Six Simultaneous Live Streams
As well as the primary keynote stream, users are able to watch any of four ‘Breakout Sessions’ as well as a live roaming camera hosted by Randy Zucherberg. Realtime thumbnails for each stream are available throughout the application for content discovery.
3. Roaming Camera powered by Livestream Livepack
Mobile live streaming is made possible using the Livestream Livepack, an elegant backpack solution for reliable high bandwidth mobile broadcast. Find out more about Livepack here.
4. Live-blogging from mobile devices
The F8 team are able to update live-blogs on each of the streams directly from their iPhones to keep viewers in the know. In addition, we made it possible for viewers to watch one stream while reading the live-blog of another.
5. Ask a Question
During the event viewers were able to ask questions from within the Livestream application directly to people being interviewed on the roaming camera. Randi Zucherberg could read and filter these questions directly on her iPad.