The Livestream User Experience Initiative is officially underway. Today’s public beta launch marks the beginning of a comprehensive program designed solely to enhance the Livestream experience for you and your viewers.
Please feel free to add /beta to the end of any channel page and take next year’s model for a test drive today. Put the top down, let the wind blow through your hair, kick the tires and please give us your feedback. This is a Beta release so don’t be alarmed if you find a bug or two on the windshield.
Livestream Channel and Clip pages have been completely redesigned. We hope that you find the new look cleaner, friendlier and more intuitive. New clip page URLs will also be shorted for easy sharing.
Livestream now offers control over the appearance of user channel pages. Broadcasters may now choose colors or background images to fully customize the look of their channels. Coming very soon is the addition of control over the foreground color as well.
The new player offers full page widescreen expand mode…
a new pop-out feature…
and all elements of the new embeddable player are now customizable for seamless integration. Color, size and even such specifics as auto-play and auto-mute are all customizable. Players have been designed so that multiple players can be embedded into the same page and the embedded thumbnails are also constantly updating live in real-time when the players are inactive.
And don’t worry. The old embeddable player will continue to be available. We will continue to support the old player as long as is necessary.
Livestream has introduced a revolutionary new player-side chat companion. Users can discuss live videos in real time using Facebook, Twitter or the soon to be released updated Livestream chat. Some advancements of the new livestream chat include a new cleaner look, ability to embed the chat separately, login required option for chatting, IP banning, easy moderation within the chat window itself (no need to use the studio) and the ability to promote any user to chat moderator. This chat widget will also be embeddable very shortly.
Sharing videos and channels has never been easier with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digg and Delicious just one click away. Customization of the new embedded player is also accessible from the new Share page.
NEW VIDEO LIBRARY
The new browsable searchable Video Library makes it infinitely easier for viewers to find videos. And because the new library is HTML, search engines are now able to crawl and return results for individual videos.
Visit the live page »
WE HOPE YOU ENJOY!
Just add /beta to the end of any channel page to experience all of these changes. We hope you enjoy the new pages and look forward to your feedback. Please use the new Beta section of the Livestream forum to report any bugs and any issues you may have while exploring the new pages.