Live streaming involves the use of:
- normal television equipment, whether it be a simple webcam or a full multi-camera rig
- a bit of software to encode the picture and sound into a format which can be distributed via the internet
- a link to a computer running a distribution server which has an extremely high bandwidth connection
- a transcoder which takes the incoming programme and outputs it in a format suitable for the device and network it will be seen on
- the final viewer’s computer, set-top box, tablet or smart phone
At Collie Productions we have all of the components necessary to deliver the programme right down to the end-user’s viewing platform in a wide range of bandwidths and resolutions. We use software on our dedicated streaming distribution server to ensure that the programme is matched exactly to user’s available bandwidth automatically and seamlessly. Not only do we have a computer with immense power necessary to handle the video, but it “lives” on the European backbone, so we can handle many thousands of simultaneous viewers.
By using our satellite uplink, we are pleased to be able to provide an affordable live streaming service which does not rely on the decidedly variable broadband uploading. One of the main difficulties with live streaming has been the nature of broadband. High speed down… (enough for anyone viewing), but frequently less than 500k up the way. Streaming, even in standard definition, needs at least at least 2 Mb/s headroom. So we no longer rely on any one else’s network. We bring along our own with 6 Mb/s, enough for full high definition.
Add two, three or even four cameras, plus Telestream Wirecast and the Wowza distribution server and we have your event covered: conference, meeting, sports, music, theatre… . We can handle it all.
In addition we can automatically record all live programmes on the server so they are available for replay the moment the live broadcast finishes, and in all the available resolutions.