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.
Right after their Season 2 premiere, the cast of TNT police & detective drama Southland spoke to their fans live on Facebook, using the Livestream Facebook application. The cast discussed with fans their reactions to the premiere episode and answered fan questions.
Cast members Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King, Benjamin McKenzie, Tom Everett Scott and the rest of the cast answered questions like “What makes the cast’s chemistry on the show so great?” (see below for Ben McKenzie’s answer)
This event was another great example of a TV network maximizing the effect of a premiere episode event by incorporating a live chat. Jesse Ventura also recently spoke to fans via Livestream after the premiere of his new show Conspiracy Theory on TruTV.
Since this chat was embedded at TNT.com, the online viewers were able to watch preview clips for other TNT dramas leading up to the broadcast, allowing the network to promote other shows debuting mid-season.
Ben McKenzie answers a fan question:
Glassnote Records recording artist Secondhand Serenade will broadcast a series of webchats on Livestream, to be held on Friday, February 27 and Thursday, March 4. Both chats will take place at 7:00pm EST / 4:00 pm PST. You’ll be able to watch & interact live with the artist, John Joseph Vesely, at http://livestream.com/secondhandserenade as he broadcasts live from his recording studio.
Vesely, who has been experimenting with his sound since he started the solo project in 2004, has had two previous releases and has also toured the festival circuit, most notably in 2007 at Bamboozle. He is currently working on his upcoming release Party Liars, due later in 2010.
Tiger Wood’s live press conference at the PGA Tour Headquarters this morning was a truly viral event. The world’s best golfer has been in the midst of gossip and scandal since November 27th 2009, and for the first time since, publicly addressed those issues.
Traditional and online publishers publicized the event heavily–on Livestream alone over 10 news organizations made the pool feed available to their communities (see our homepage’s screenshot below!). Among them, Associated Press Live (aplive), USA Today (usa_today1) and Canadian broadcaster Global TV (globalnewsnow) streamed on Livestream.com, embedded on their websites and Facebook, and utilized Livestream’s integrated Facebook and Twitter chats.
Watch the recording of the event on AP Live’s channel:
And here are a few screenshots from the event:
On Friday February 12, Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft and philanthropist, spoke about “the need for greater investment in innovation for energy and climate solutions” at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California.
Shortly after his speech, he answered questions sent to him via Twitter hashtag #BillatTED live in a short webcast at http://www.livestream.com/billgates. Using the Livepack solution, Gates was able to set up a quick, informal chat at a moment’s notice, live on location.
Beginning Saturday February 13 at 10am, Livestream will be broadcasting a live roaming camera from inside the tents at Bryant Park during Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. Watching on Livestream is the closest you can get to your own seat in the front row: our cameras will bring you to the shows, sit you at the lounges, and bring you exclusive interviews with designers, stars, and reactions from attendees. Our host is Mary Rambin, Fashion Week veteran & publisher of lifestyle website More Than Mary. Even New York Magazine‘s The Cut has listed our coverage in their guide of “where to watch online.” (see screenshot below)
Catch the shows and all our coverage at http://livestream.com/morethanmary. Here’s the daily breakdown of when our cameras will be live and what shows you’ll get to see in full! (all times listed are Eastern)
Saturday 10am – 12pm
- 10 – Lacoste
- 11 – George Chakra
Sunday 2 – 5pm
- 2 – Rebecca Taylor
- 3 – Herve Leger
- 4 – Diane Von Furstenberg
Monday 10am – 2pm
- 10 – Carolina Herrera
- 11 – Carlos Miele
- 12 – Jill Stuart*
- 1 - Tracy Reese
Tuesday 10am -3pm
- 10 – Badgley Mischka
- 11 – Vera Wang
- 1 – Pamella Rolland*
- 2 – Max Azria
Wednesday 10am -12pm, 2-4pm
- 10 – Michael Kors
- 11 – Nanette Lepore
- 2 – Phillip Lim
- 3 – Milly
- Isaac Mizrahi
[*interview with the designer pre-show]
To find out more about New York Fashion Week, visit their official site.
Listed on The Cut:
Alternative rockers AFI will host a chat for fans on Thursday, February 11 at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT. Band mates Davey Havok, Adam Carson, Hunter Burgan, and Jade Puget will chat with fans via Facebook and Twitter, while also unveiling the Director’s Cut of their newest music video for “Beautiful Thieves”.
AFI, also known as A Fire Inside, broke into the mainstream when their sixth studio album Sing the Sorrow hit #5 on the charts in 2003. Since then, hit tracks like “Girls Not Grey” and “Miss Murder” have made them a worldwide phenomenon. With the success of their latest release, Crash Love, the band will be touring in Japan and Australia next week.
Only viewers of this exclusive “Fireside Chat” will see the Director’s Cut of “Beautiful Thieves.” Don’t miss this live broadcast at http://livestream.com/AFireInside and on Facebook. You can learn more about AFI at http://www.afireinside.net.
Livestream will be broadcasting the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences‘ announcement of the 82nd Academy Awards Nominations. Tune in on February 2 at 8:38 AM ET / 5:38 AM PT when the full list of nominees will be announced live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills by Tom Sherak, president of the Academy, and actress Anne Hathaway. Watch the announcement on http://www.livestream.com/academyawards.
Social Media Week’s second annual conference launches on February 1 and lasts until February 5. The event will take place simultaneously in New York City, Berlin, London, San Francisco, Toronto and São Paulo and be streamed only on Livestream all this week. The five day conference will explore the profound impact that social media has on culture, business communications and society at large. For a schedule of events, visit http://socialmediaweek.org/newyork/livestream and to watch visit http://www.livestream.com/smw_newyork.
UK electronic outfit Hot Chip will broadcast a live session on Friday, February 5 at 9:30 PM ET / 6:30 PM PT. This session marks the release of their upcoming full-length album titled One Life Stand, which sees a proliferation of influences as diverse as the burgeoning UK funky scene to soul music, modern R&B, Northern Soul, Gospel, Golden Age Electronica, and House. This broadcast is brought to you in partnership with Astralwerks and Myspace and can be watched at http://www.livestream.com/hotchip.
AP Live will interview actor Victor Garber on Thursday, February 4 at 5:00 PM (ET). Garber is an Emmy-nominated actor of stage & screen, with roles in Titanic and cult TV favorite “Alias” among his credits. Also being interviewed this week were fashion PR mogul Kelly Cutrone , whose agency People’s Revolution produces top fashion shows every Fashion Week, and actor James Van Der Beek. Last week’s AP Live broadcasts include New Kids On The Block, Michael Vick and James Roday. Make sure to watch these exclusive interviews live or on-demand at http://www.livestream.com/aplive.
Irish rock band Ash will broadcast an exclusive performance live from the band’s own Atomic Heart Studio in NYC. Immediately following the performance, the members of Ash—Tim Wheeler, Mark Hamilton and Rick McMurray — will interact with their fans via a live Q+A session where they will answer questions submitted via Twitter and Facebook. In October 2009 Ash launched the A-Z Series, which will see Ash release 26 singles in one year. Tune in to catch this exclusive live performance and webchat on February 3rd at 3:00 PM (ET) / 12:00 PM (PT) at http://www.livestream.com/Ash.
On Tuesday at 7:00 PM (ET), NY Tech Meetup will be streaming their live forum “Rally for The Future” regarding where the technology world will be in 10 years. This discussion will include responses from Alliance of Youth Movements, Clay Shirky, and many more. Founded in 2004 by Scott Heiferman, the NY Tech Meetup has over 8,000 members, representing people from all parts of the New York technology community. They hold events every month to help promote technological start-up companies and their projects. Make sure to tune in at http://www.livestream.com/nytechmeetup to join the conversation.