Onstream Media Corporation an online service provider of live and on-demand Internet video, has announced the successful completion of 15 day webcast of The Allman Brothers Band's historic 40th Anniversary concert series at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, that was held between March 9th – 28th for a number of fans living across the globe.
This innovative, live and in-person event shows that entertainment can have a much broader online audience than what the barriers of physical attendance offers, resulting in extending the reach of any act's performance to potential viewers around the globe simultaneously. The event was shot in high definition and seen live by the fans of Allman Brothers over the Internet in rich TV-like quality and CD-like sound. The multi-day concert also generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in incremental revenue for both the band and Moogis.com. In the era where free online music sharing affects album revenue generation, this new onsite/online format offers the entertainers other ways of earning on their material and further shows that fans are willing to pay for quality and original content.
The 15-night sold-out event featured the world’s legendary music stars like Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Bruce Hornsby, Trey Anastasio, John Popper, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Taj Mahal, Boz Scaggs, John Hammond, Stanley Clarke, Bruce Willis, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and many more. It is because of their presence that fans watched the live concert via high definition television monitors attached to their home computers which was delivered through moogis.com. Onstream Media set up a pay-per-view online system for Moogis.com to register subscribers and grant access to the performances, and also additional content, for six months. New members that subscribe to Moogis.com can also watch the concerts on-demand. Moogis has announced that it is extending the viewing period during which the concerts will be made available on demand to subscribers until October 31, 2009.
Unified communications is all what the people talking about these days, especially when businesses are looking to optimize productivity and reduce costs. However, people still want to know what is unified communications? You will definitely find different answers from various people. Many would simply say it is voice, video, email, and data (web) collaboration with some business processes or rules applied. At a high-level this is an accurate assessment, but not all implementations of unified communications are the same nor do they all encompass the same communication mediums. Sadly there are some UC systems that only work with fellow co-workers and therefore are an island onto them when dealing with customers who cannot participate in the unified communications platform for collaborative meetings.
Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 7.0 is a true premise-based unified communications platform which can handle voice, video, data /web collaboration, and even wireless mobility capabilities for when you are out of the office. It’s worth noting that Unified MeetingPlace delivers its voice/video/web collaboration functionality as part of the Cisco Unified Communications suite. Other Cisco Unified Communications offerings actually deliver the IP telephony and wireless capabilities for MeetingPlace. Nevertheless, Cisco’s extensive Unified Communications suite is very modularized and designed to be integrated with other components very easily to meet customer’s needs, Cisco Unified MeetingPlace 7.0 supports hosted on-demand meetings with outside customers via its new WebEx integration.
Users can choose to organize the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace solution as a standalone on-premises voice, video, and web conferencing solution or they can choose to integrate it with Cisco WebEx web conferencing services. Combining them grants you the cost savings advantages of on-premises voice conferencing with the productivity benefits of on-demand web conferencing delivered over the renowned Cisco WebEx MediaTone global network. With the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace conferencing integrated with Cisco WebEx web conferencing, a presenter can initiate integrated voice and web conference recordings directly from the Cisco WebEx interface.
Altaf Alimohamed, the Managing Director of Media Solutions says,” Web conferencing can save time, money and increase productivity”
Business travels are certainly a good way to understand the business trades and strategies among the partners face to face but on other side there is huge consumption of time, money and energy especially during the economic crisis. Web conferencing can surely help cut down huge cost of a meeting.
Alimohamed says that a web conference meeting brings an immediate solution to enhancing productivity levels, reducing lead time to decision-making and managing a positive balance sheet.
Susan Black, CSP Vice President of Momentum Conferencing Corporation, said that she has witnessed a 20 percent increase in demand for web conferencing applications in the last year alone.
“The economic situation is a huge part in that growth, along with the desire by most businesses to ‘go green’ and to play a role in reducing the carbon footprint,” said Susan Black.
Black said that InMotion is a web application that brings business associates from multiple locations together to share information in an interactive environment over the Internet. InMotion is available in the UAE from Media Solutions.
“Sophisticated video conference systems are still in use in big companies, but for smaller companies with small business budgets, these options cost a fortune and are almost out of the question. InMotion is a high-end video conferencing system with multiple user sessions, and is very affordable.
Susan Black added, “Green is another value-added factor. InMotion enables clients to make a positive impact on environment. The meetings held using web conferencing can connect geographically diverse teams, employees and customers, without any major negative environmental impacts,”.
The Cable Show ’09, the annual convention and exposition of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, will give attendees a hands-on opportunity to experience HD video conferencing systems as part of the Broadband Nation technology showcase. Broadband Nation will be the centerpiece of The Cable Show’s exhibition floor, where a variety of systems from LifeSize Communications have been selected to demonstrate the applications for HD video conferencing technology using the cable industry’s nationwide broadband infrastructure.
According to Craig Malloy, CEO, Lifesize Communications, “The wide-scale deployment of cable infrastructure makes high-speed broadband available to 92 percent of U.S. households, opening the door to technologies such as HD video conferencing to change the way Americans live and work,”. “LifeSize delivered the industry’s first HD video conferencing systems and, with the ability to offer a true-to-life video experience over existing cable broadband networks, we’re leading the industry with solutions that will make video communications persistent.”
Broadband Nation demonstrated in concrete ways how broadband enhances the everyday life of Americans, and how it can it help improve healthcare, education, and other important social goals. Three interactive exhibits in the Broadband Nation showcase were demonstrated on how consumers and organizations can leverage video conferencing technology in the home and office, as well as for specialized applications including healthcare and education.
High Definition video communications were demonstrated in applications to include LifeSize telepresence for immersive meetings face-to-face, LifeSize workgroup conferencing featuring the “virtual attendant” in the Broadband Nation Visitor Center, as well as LifeSize personal video conferencing solutions in the “Suburban Home” and “Dr. Al Better” rural clinic exhibits. In each case, attendees will see and hear how the LifeSize video communications experience allows anyone with dispersed colleagues and operations to collaborate more clearly and effectively.
The users that are facing the problem of outsiders peeping into videoconference meetings can turn towards PictureTel. The product has just finalized a licensing agreement for public-key encryption technology from Cylink for use with its videoconferencing equipment.
Talking about the licensing deal, the transmissions from PictureTel's System 4000 videoconferencing products are secure over both public telephone lines and intra-business networks. The agreement comes at a time when an increasing number of companies, concerning about the communications security are trying to implement more products with stronger encryption.
The System 4000 line is now available the cost ranges from $30,000 to $45,000. Adding the encryption software costs an extra $575. The encrypted System 4000 automatically generates new keys, or encryption codes, for each session.
The System 4000 products use Cylink's 56-bit encryption, which exceeds the State Department's limits on legally exportable encryption technology. This means that PictureTel must now apply to the federal government for export licenses on a case-by-case basis; so far, the company has been granted only the right to sell the encrypted systems to overseas branches of U.S. companies.
Current law classifies encryption and encrypted products as munitions and in most cases forbids the export of encryption codes over 40-bits in length. However, the current regulations are under fire in Congress from legislation known as the Pro-Code Bill that would eliminate controls on encryption technology. The bill is supported by a coalition of U.S. software companies and civil liberties groups.
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