Ustream.tv, the future of live video in action
Ustream is a free online service that allows users to create and watch live streams, as well as chat with other viewers online. It is extremely simple to setup, and only requires a webcam of your choice, preferably with sound, plugged into a computer to get up and running.
If you've been at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco this past week, you might have noticed Jeremiah Owyang, or Robert Scoble, walking around with a webcam on a tripod. They are actually running a live stream covering the event, all running off of the Ustream service. Everything has been running fine with the service. The audio seems to lag a few seconds, and video runs choppy when in larger conference rooms or away from strong signals, other than that the Ustream service looks really good. Scoble informs us that the students at Virginia Tech are actually using Ustream to broadcast events from around the school. Needless to say, it looks like personal content is slowly picking up, so we could see some big developments from Ustream pretty soon.
Jeremiah is using his laptop running his space inside Ustream.tv, with a webcam and an EVDO/3G card for wifi. You can check out what Jeremiah is using for his setup on his blog, and view the live stream there as well.