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Videoconferencing + Live Streaming on YouTube, Google, and Livestream

April 1, 2013 | Telepresence Options


Story and Images by David Behrens / Yorkshire Post

FED up of all the repeats on TV? Why not start your own channel instead?

In this digital age, broadcasting to the nation no longer requires a studio or transmitter - or much of anything else, for that matter. If you have a camera and a computer you can go live pretty much any time you like.

Why would you want to? Well, unless you're planning to have Tony Bennett or the Chuckle Brothers round any time soon, you may not want to reach out to the whole world - but a family get together or business conference for a few select invitees is a distinct possibility. And with a continuous live video from your house to your office there's hardly a need to turn up for work; your colleagues can talk to you as if you're in the next room.

Skype calls over the internet are fine for one-to-one conversations, but conferences or special occasions are events you'll want to view time and again - and that's where dedicated streaming services come in. These not only transmit what you're filming live on to the internet but also save them online for future enjoyment.

Perhaps the best known is Livestream, a website which lets you in real time without any specialist knowledge or equipment. Though it has some domestic uses - especially for children, who will find it tremendous fun - its chief function is as a business application. Channel "owners" can televise conferences and other events and then save them in a library, even scheduling them to replay automatically at set times to create the illusion of continuous broadcast.

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