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  • USTREAM Broadcaster: Live Video Broadcasting Comes to the iPhone

    No, there isn't a family guy USTREAM channel, I just couldn't resist.


    Earlier this month
    , we had discussed the new Video Broadcasting iPhone app called 'Knocking' that brought live streaming to the iPhone. Despite being one of the first to enter the AppStore with streaming video, it was only able to do iPhone to iPhone broadcasting. Unfortunately we learned that it was somewhat of a disappointment, considering it hardly ever worked right.

    If you've had a Jailbroken iPhone for awhile now, you may recall the USTREAM apps that had been available via Cydia. These apps were eventually pulled from Cydia and we had seen no activity since. Today, USTREAM has released an official App, available now in the AppStore, that enables live broadcasting from you iPhone to the USTREAM's web service.

    The iPhone app gives you the option to both stream live as well as share video as a recording. The app works via both 3G and Wi-Fi, and it even works on both the iPhone 3G and 3GS. It's a little laggy on the 3G, which is expected, but it works flawlessly. (Well almost, the audio is a little bit delayed, again this is on the 3G so it might be better on a 3GS.) You also have the ability to tweet your videos, share on facebook, and participate in live chats for your broadcast. USTREAM has said to be working on adding more social features to the application soon.

    Ustream, established March 2007, is a website which consists of network of diverse channels providing a platform for lifecasting and live video streaming of events online.[3] The website has over 2,000,000 registered users who generate 1,500,000+ hours of live streamed content per month with over ten million unique hits per month. It received $11.1 million in Series A funding for new product development from DCM and investors Labrador Ventures and Band of Angels.
    USTREAM these days, is more known for its live broadcasts of shows like Diggnation and the Brian Bushwood Show. More and more celebrities are using USTREAM now as well, such as Bands, Artists, Actors, MTV Icons, and so on, drawing anywhere from 2,000-80,000+ viewers at one time. Everything is interactive and the broadcasters usually watch the chat room fill with questions and try to answer them. Not only do all of these networks seem to flock to USTREAM these days, but what made USTREAM so popular in the first place was "during the 2008 United States presidential election, the website was used by nearly all the main candidates to help their campaign, by allowing a larger amount of voters to ask political questions." Now YOU can start your own broadcast from your iPhone. If only it had a front facing camera

    All of this seems to coincide with the release of Knocking, and how it somehow removed the rule of "no live streaming" from Apple's List of Commandments. Perhaps this means we will see more apps coming out that support such streaming features. Will they finally loosen those ropes? We'll see, maybe Sling will come back.

    USTREAM Live Broadcaster requires an iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS running OS 3.1 or later and is available as a free download from the App Store.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: USTREAM Broadcaster: Live Video Broadcasting Comes to the iPhone started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. nagyg's Avatar
      nagyg -
      Quote Originally Posted by fmt View Post
      Did you all forgot about Qik?
      The version of Qik on cydia also do live streaming.
      The version on the appstore just record and upload to their site.
      Qik with live streaming does the job very well and is easy to use.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      well after downloading/agreeing to legal/setting up account w/ email and password/finally being able to experiment. it is extremely limited. enables video for 3G, however you can only upload to twitter facebook and youtube.....oh yeah and ustreams servers.....useless.
      well than i'm glad i didn't download it. I've heard before that it doesn't really record live video.

      However, which did you download? The "viewer" or the "live broadcaster"?
    1. stlcaddie's Avatar
      stlcaddie -
      I love my qik, I use it at work almost everyday to show my boss problems I come across in the field.
    1. triniflavaforya's Avatar
      triniflavaforya -
      Damn!! I guess nothing for the iphone 2G huh??????
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Qik did all that and better ages ago.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      well than i'm glad i didn't download it. I've heard before that it doesn't really record live video.

      However, which did you download? The "viewer" or the "live broadcaster"?
      live brodcaster. should i have downloaded viewer? doesnt look like the viewer or recorder versions do anything entirely different. they just have fewer star ratings.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Quailitynoob View Post
      ERRR..... USTREAM recorded videos........ doesn't Youtube do this????? Nice marketing tool that will get alot of traffic to their site, but it's nothing more than recorded video theres nothing "LIVE" about this app @.@
      actually it is live. this isn't ustream viewer this is the broadcaster. i've already tested this out and works great but a lil laggy when ppl are viewing you live.

      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      live brodcaster. should i have downloaded viewer? doesnt look like the viewer or recorder versions do anything entirely different. they just have fewer star ratings.
      The live broadcaster is the correct one. ive tried it and works!

      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      Qik did all that and better ages ago.
      qik is not live and does not connect to ustream which is the more popular streaming site.

      the interface for ustream broadcaster is great and allows for chat and polling.
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      I noticed a glitch, where if I use backgrounder to run USTREAM Broadcaster, it starts to stream my springboard and anything i do on it while the app is running in the background.

      Anyone else notice this? I'm on a 3G