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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times releases video streaming iPhone app


September has released a free iPhone app for live video streaming on the iPhone 4 and 3GS. Approximately six weeks ago they released and Android app that has been very popular. joins Qik and USTREAM in providing live streaming video on the iOS platform. Livestream, another popular streaming service, has an app for viewing video but does not provide a branded app for broadcasting. Through a partnership with Qik, however, live broadcasts to Livestream channels is possible.


I didn't have a account so I set one up from within the app. The setup was simple and later I logged in on my MacBook to add graphics and customize my channel.


The app itself is very easy to use and the interface is simple and uncluttered. I especially like that it uses the whole screen in landscape mode for shooting video. It also provides for access to the built in LED light and allows use of both front and rear-facing cameras. Switching between the cameras while streaming also is possible.

A small quote bubble is the button to bring up a chat interface where you can interact with your audience. Streams can be shared to Facebook and Twiiter automatically or with one click. Two video quality settings are available, normal and high, with the latter only available when connected to WiFi.

The accounts are free and like other free streaming services the broadcasts have advertising. I found's adds, however, to be less intrusive than the others.

Streaming video continues to gain momentum as mobile devices and mobile broadband networks become more robust. I predict it won't belong before sharing status updates through text on Twitter and Facebook will be replaced by instant video uploads or live streams. Knocking Live Video already is headed in that direction.


[Last modified: Friday, September 17, 2010 12:13pm]


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