Find out where to catch all the Obama action online.
UPDATE: This story was updated with new links and live video embeds. Check out The Ultimate Video Guide to the Democratic Convention.
It’s hard to believe this marathon of a presidential election is just getting warmed up. Blue folk will descend on Denver over the weekend as the Democratic National Convention kicks off on Monday. Not a delegate? No worries, you can catch all the action like never before thanks to the wonderful world of web video.
The Democrats themselves will be streaming the whole shebang in HD-quality at DemConvention.com (along with a Spanish language simulcast). [digg=http://digg.com/politics/Where_to_Watch_the_Dem_Convention_Online]
Ustream will be streaming live coverage from “The Big Tent” at the convention. The Big Tent will be a gathering place for new media journalists and bloggers, as well as home to the Digg stage, which will feature speakers such as T. Boone Pickens, John Conyers and DailyKos’ Markos Moulitsas. Until showtime, you can watch The Big Tent being built (thrilling!).
Normally stodgy C-Span is jumping into the online video game with both feet as it unveils a new video site that will incorporate citizen journalists’ YouTube videos and Qik livestreams along with its normal coverage.
No Live Streaming for YouTube? Sources tell SAI that despite Steve Chen’s previous comments, the company never seriously considered adding the service. From a YouTube spokesperson: “We have nothing more to share at this time.” (Silicon Alley Insider)
Joost CEO on Net Neutrality; Mike Volpi writes about building new networks to increase competition. (Joost Blog)
NBC Considering Removing Delay for Phelps’ Swim; network may show his potentially historic race live, from coast-to-coast. (TVNewser)
Siano Raises $17.5 Million; Israeli mobile TV chip maker’s third round was led by DFJ Tamir Fishman Ventures and brings the company’s total funding to $52 million. (peHUB)
ScanScout Partners with PointRoll; two companies team up to offer clients ad units with dynamic data, geo-targeting and RSS feeds. (MediaPost)
Blinkx Re-launches Video Search Portal; free service lets you find full-length videos from major broadcast networks. (Beet.TV)
G4 Puts X-Play on Xbox; video game show to get weekly version of the video game show. (Variety)
Update: All the channels mentioned in this story are down, replaced by the message “Content from this channel removed at the request of the copyright holder. This channel will be accessible again in 24 hours.”
As we’ve been writing all week, tape delays are an excellent way to ensure that people find a way around the official means to watching the Olympics. So, for instance, if you were to head over to Justin.tv right now (which often carries unauthorized sports footage, which tends to conclude before the DMCA notice makes it out of the lawyer’s office), you could see multiple live streams of the tail end of the opening ceremonies and ongoing soccer matches.
We’re not condoning this behavior, but we have to say we’re mighty frustrated to see evidence that the Olympics is happening all around us, but when we turn on NBC, we get Today Show hosts yapping about Chinese breakfast foods.
Post-mortem: The Justin.tv channels were taken down, but that was just after the fireworks concluded — a.k.a. when it ceased to matter. And as commenters are noting below, more channels are springing up there and elsewhere. I just spoke with Brian Stelter at the New York Times, and he said the U.S. is the only country he can find where the opening ceremonies were tape-delayed. Between the two of us, we didn’t find evidence that hundreds of thousands of people were using these illicit streams, so maybe we’re making a mountain out of a mole hill — and this could be considered successful anti-piracy action. The reality, though, is tape delay is a total anachronism.
However, my conclusion is that NBC missed the opportunity for the biggest live-streaming event to date. With all the work they’ve put into NBCOlympics.com and all the lucrative advertising they’ve sold, they could have had millions of people watching simultaneously this morning, feeling that global togetherness/warm fuzziness at the same time as everyone else. Instead we have to settle for stale warm fuzzy feelings tonight on tape delay. Lame.
Another update: Here’s Brian Stelter’s article.
Live mobile streaming service Qik goes into public beta Monday, adding support for many more phones, including those running on the Verizon and Sprint networks.
We broke the initial story on Qik back in the day, and played around with a tester phone when we went to the Webby Awards. Our take? Live mobile video may not ever become a mainstream phenomenon, but it’s an incredibly interesting application of technology with all sorts of potential uses.
Along with its public release, the Foster City, Calif.-based company is also building out the features of its service, such as a Kyte-like player that feeds in the latest video and a groups option where users can limit either the contributors or viewers of videos. It also now includes an option (not by default) to speed up the time of transfer (while reducing the quality) to 1.5-3 seconds from a previous setting of 2-5 seconds. Another coming feature is SMS and email notifications — especially important because things worth live-streaming are often serendipitous and unplanned.
There are always two ways to look at a competitor getting into your market: It either validates what you are doing, or it could spell the end of your business, depending on the size of the competitor. With Cisco now entering the enterprise video market, you have to wonder what startups such as Veodia are thinking.
Today, Cisco announced Enterprise TV, which is a YouTube-like service for business. Companies can capture video of corporate meetings or training sessions and broadcast them live or keep them on-demand. Veodia is a small startup that offers — you guessed it — live streaming and video-on-demand services for the enterprise for things like corporate training. Both also support MPEG-4/H.264 and Flash 9.
Though Veodia has roster of clients including BEA, IBM and APC, I can’t help but feel as though Cisco is the Wal-Mart to Veodia’s small mom-and-pop shop. But I talked and emailed with Veodia CEO Guillaume Cohen this morning, and he didn’t seem too worried.