I stream, do you stream?
Better yet, do you know how to Ustream?
Knowledge IS power, and today is your lucky day to bulk up on some broadcast know-how. Welcome to my weekly How-to blog series, nicely packaged in a Cliff-Note format – for those whose heads immediately begin to throb when the conversation gets too technical.
Let’s start with the basics shall we?
Yesterday, we went back to school… and boy have things changed! Paperback books, heavy binders, multi-colored pens for note-taking, even lockers — all things of the past. Instead, students are given iPads, classrooms are set up with big TV screens, and even the library looks like a lounge!
Now this just isn’t any ordinary school (nor is it the high school I went to). Tucked at the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains and wedged in between Watsonville and Gilroy, is the 100-acre digital Disneyland, formally known as Monte Vista Christian School (MVCS). Home to nearly 1000 students (middle and high school), MVCS fuses old and new, bridging the gap between education and new media.
Peter Kadlot is a colourful personality who’s interested in endless kinds of things from IT programming to fine arts, from social science simulations to new media, from hijacking space to startuping. Right now, his main object is to take in San Francisco’s true colours and real startup environment at Ustream’s office.
‘I’m interning here for a month and great mentors watch us all the time. It’s a fantastic opportunity as I can work not only as a designer but also as a front-end developer, which makes me able to deal with a problem from lots of angles’ he says adding later he’s intending to spend one or two weeks going to meetups, hackerspaces and other IT events.
Laszlo, or Laci as his mates call him, has a lucky star. He finished pretty easy his studies at Budapest University of Technology and Economics which is one of the most difficult unis of Hungary. He was able to attend other, very-hard-to-get-in IT courses and now he’s the first fellow of Bridge Budapest getting experience at Ustream.
‘I still can’t believe that I’m gonna make it. Going to the US for seeing how a startup really works is a dream come true for me’ he says. Of course, he doesn’t believe that his path is entirely a game of chance but he does share the motto of Bridge Budapest’s founders. So you have to work hard for your dreams and that’s what makes you lucky.
Cisco regularly tracks and forecasts the impact of the rapidly growing Internet video industry. In its latest 2013 Visual Networking Index (VNI) report, the networking giant notes that Ustream, YouTube and other video-streaming services – also known as content delivery network (CDNs) – are becoming the dominant method of delivering online video to computers, TVs and other devices.
While CDNs carried an estimated 53 percent of all global Internet video traffic in 2012, Cisco expects that figure to reach 65 percent in 2017. By then, it forecasts, consumers around the globe will be downloading or streaming three times more online video to their PCs than they did in 2012, or more than 46,000 petabytes a month. That’s enough to fill more than 1 billion DVD discs.
What is the most memorable thing you have seen on Ustream in four years?
Having covered all different aspects of curation at Ustream for such a long period of time, this is a question I am constantly asked, and I am always ready with the same response:
I remember sitting down at my desk in the morning, turning on my computer, and one of the first channels to catch my eye was a black screen that for some reason had 20,000 simultaneous views. I checked the profile for a location and it was located in Egypt. We were witnessing in live time a whole nation’s cry in the dark for help. The power of Egypt’s chants for freedom resonated loud and clear, and we soon realized we were witnessing a nation’s history being written. That morning we watched the birth of Egypt’s Arab Spring.