WXUT has a new 24/7 online stream up and running, now in color! The new WXUT stream is powered by Ustream which “is an interactive platform that enables anyone with a camera and an Internet connection to quickly and easily broadcast to an online global audience…The partnership between Adobe and Ustream enables the platform’s live broadcasting and viewing. Adobe Flash is the world’s most pervasive software platform, used by over 2 million professionals and reaching 99.0% of Internet-enabled desktops in mature markets as well as a wide range of devices.”
Managing our online content is no easy task. Online streaming takes a heavy toll on University servers. Our previous stream was sent through Windows Media Encoder (WME) then a Microsoft Media Server (MMS) streaming protocol was created. MMS requires Windows Media Player or other plug-ins to view/listen. Due to bandwidth and software restrictions the former MMS stream only allowed 50 computers to view the stream at a time, turning others away.
With our new stream in place we now have the capability for unlimited viewers, better quality audio and video, along with text overlay, “social stream,” and chat abilities. Bandwidth while using Ustream is considerably less, our stream is fed to Ustream severs which distribute the stream out to the viewers. Our Ustream channel is embedded in a pop-up player on our website (Listen Now button), our Facebook Fan Page (my Ustream Tab), and on Ustream.tv (search WXUT). We also maintain WXUT 2 a special Ustream channel used for special events, including meetings.
Our WXUT stream is also available on iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android devices. The Ustream Mobile Viewer Application is available in the Apple App Store and the Android marketplace. To find our stream search “88.3” in the Viewer App.
Improvements for the future include integration of Ustream Producer Pro, giving HD, multi-camera capabilities along with enhanced on screen options, and higher quality audio. The usage of Producer Pro will be assessed when a computer upgrade occurs in the following months.
So enjoy the new stream without having anything installed on your computer besides Adobe Flash Player, and a high speed Internet connection.
Online Content Director