The barriers to entry for live-streaming branded video content have never been lower. It's easier than ever to broadcast a live event out to an engaged audience, but there are many factors to consider such as cost, delivery and accessibility.
The largest cloud video network on the planet is yours to use for free! YouTube is amazing – you can use Hangouts for quick-n-dirty webcasts, or go into a more complex setup mode for real professional web-casting. But is being free to use a sustainable business model for anyone except YouTube?
There is a rabid fan base out there consuming billions and billions of live video streaming minutes each month. You might have an idea of the site, which draws on average, 45 million unique viewers a month, and you might not. They have grown from a category, into a spin off, into a major Internet video force and they show that when you build it right, as in really, really right, they will come, and continue to come for months and years.
Every level of business seems to be using live streaming video for one thing or another and it makes perfect sense because there's no more immediate way to communicate as much information as fast than video and live streamed means it can be more real-time and interactive all around. Are you using it for your business communication? Is it just a Skype call on occasion or are you going into full blown video conferencing rigs in board rooms?
Sony is tearing down, or more accurately, building a gate in the walled garden that is the Playstation 4 HDMI stream. They announced recently that a couple updates would allow for video capture via the HDMI signal in the near future. Plus, some better collaboration with Twitch and Ustream. Are they getting soft on video copyright protection? Ha! Don't make me laugh...this IS Sony after all.
In a new report on the power of live-streamed video as a business tool, 78% of business executives surveyed confirmed that they did consider it effective, with 45% in upper management positions the most positive about the medium.