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rally1
06-12-2008, 12:35 PM
If you are like me and stream live sporting events, it's nice to keep an eye on the big dogs.

The recent Masters golf tournament was a quality Flash webcast, the first I have seen.

Right now the US Open and ESPN360 are covering the tournament with a simulcast of ESPN, plus dedicated pairs. Again Flash.

The USOpen.com feed was freezing up for me early, and the flash video looks to be stretched. The same feed looks much better on ESPN360 at a smaller size but same resolution.

Anyone else watching and critiquing?

Next big test will be the Olympics using Silverlight.

Jim_C
06-12-2008, 12:40 PM
Haven't seen any of those, I'll have to check that out. Thanks.

I am looking forward to the Bonnaroo webcast thru the AT&T BluRoom. They have really nice looking feeds on there of concerts/sports/etc.
http://www.attblueroom.com/home/index.php
Nice looking example:
http://www.attblueroom.com/music/mediaplayer.php?cid=182105


This is a pretty interesting article about the percentage of Flash/WMV being used by various businesses and corps.
http://digitalcontentproducer.com/videoencodvd/revfeat/encoding_best_practices_0609/

rally1
06-12-2008, 12:44 PM
Yeah, i forget that music does a lot of webcasts of events.

Nice article and website, plenty of relevant content.

Let me know how your USOpen stream looks, I am on 10MB fiber and it freezes for long periods of time.

a quick netstat of my connection shows that they are using Akamai to stream (port 1935).

rally1
06-12-2008, 01:04 PM
Did i say top notch. As they switched from ESPN coverage to NBC you hear the announcers say "I have no idea what we are supposed to be doing, are we live?" "That makes two of us" the second guy says. Then it has the full intro, classic lol.

Jim_C
06-12-2008, 01:08 PM
On my low powered email/Interent machine it plays fine unless I surf or check email....
Sitting alone it's smooth. I chose 'High Bandwidth' quality.

Bandwidth test shows 9138 kbps down here.

What an unattractive background for the announcers. All the beautiful scenery there and that's what they decided to point the cameras at..? Almost looks like a construction zone or something at first glance. :)

D3Cast
06-13-2008, 09:51 AM
...you hear the announcers say "I have no idea what we are supposed to be doing, are we live?" "That makes two of us" the second guy says.Now that sounds more like one of my webcasts! :D

BTW, seconded on the jaw-droppingness of the Masters webcasts in April. Just unbelievably satisfying viewing experience.

-steve

Paul Lara
06-13-2008, 09:58 AM
Speaking of high-profile webcasts, its' worth mentioning here that the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials (http://www.newtek.com/news/pressrelease.php?viewpr=62) this weekend will be streamed with TriCaster!