The New Years Eve Times Square webcam was a USTREAM live stream setup for a couple of hours.
What used to be an expensive effort, is now an easy and affordable process.
A popular encoder is the Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder, which is easy to setup and free.
Even better, USTREAM provides a downloadable XML configuration file, which the encoder can simply load, and you are ready to stream.
Obviously professional needs are different, and events like the World Cup have different requirements, but as Tech Crunch reported, Livestream provided the offical live broadcast for Times Square NYE.
It could indicate a slow shift from traditional live streaming models to more integrated offerings.
His broadcasting schedule swelled from one or two hours a day to appearing live in four two-hour sessions. “I was using up around 70GB of data each month, and I’m with Verizon so you know that’s not cheap.” He was addicted to the interaction with the audience, but couldn’t afford to keep up with his costs.
So he sent a letter to You Now, which put him on its partner program, allowing him to earn money when his fans left digital tips and gifts. Cashier broadcast has several hundred people following live at any time.
USTREAM, maybe unintentionally, allows to modify the encoder profile, upgrade the bitrate to 800kbps, and the screen resolution to 720p.
The quality difference is literally night and day compared to the Mac Book Pro webcam.
One advice would be not to mimic my setup on the right though, it was experimental at best, and certainly adds a certain level of stress.
“At first, it got to be enough so I could cover my phone bill.
Now I make more every month on You Now than I do from my work at the store,” Abuhamdeh tells me. We become friends.” A couple of times he’s broadcast from his bedroom while sleeping. They want to see everything that you do.” You Now launched back in September of 2012, but for its first year and a half struggled to find traction.
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