August 29, 2011 0

The Techcast Focus Network Reviews BG Live

By skip in Live Streaming

The Techcast Focus Network (TTFN TV) provides education/training, video production and consultancy to organizations and companies in the UK and Europe, and we provided Mark Johnson, TTFN’s streaming guru, a trial account of BG Live so he could test it out and get feedback from his followers on Twitter.

Mark wrote an initial review based on first impressions and will be adding more over the upcoming days and weeks. Read the first installment of Mark’s review of BG Live and find out why he wrote, “While not perfect (you really need 1.5 Mbps for this) for the talking head type shot everyone thought the video was good, very good or the best they had seen on the web!”

TTFN’s First Post About BG Live

November 3, 2010 0

New Pricing for Single and Multiple Events

By skip in Uncategorized

We at BitGravity have become the trusted provider of live streaming for organizations around the globe that want to deliver high-quality, live streams for mission-critical online events. Now we’re offering new pricing for single and mutliple events.

Over the past several years we’ve streamed Strikeforce MMA fights for Showtime, Cloudforce for Salesforce, the Alliance VII Tournament for CCP Games, a variety of conferences for IDG, and more. Why? BitGravity offers live streaming with the lowest latency and highest-quality streaming with no frame skipping. Customers retain the full rights to their content and we never overlay ads on live streams.  We offer pricing flexibility for small events and scalability for larger audiences. Best of all, technical help to get your stream started, as well as 24/7 phone and email support before, during, and after events is included at no extra charge. The bottom line is that organizations that want the peace of mind that their event will be flawlessly streamed around their country or around the globe select BitGravity.

Pricing for one-time events now start at $1,000 per event in North America or Europe. Purchase an add-on pack for more events and receive up to a 50% discount on the price of those events. Contact our sales team to discuss your requirements and to receive details.

July 19, 2010 0

You Want Your HTML5

By skip in Flash, Innovation, Video

Thanks in large part to Steve Jobs, HTML5 has been getting a lot of attention over the past few months. HTML5 is an emerging standard that covers video and too, provides new tools that allow Web browsers to largely replicate functionality provided today by runtimes such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight. Since HTML5 requires the developers of the major browsers, including Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, and Opera, to implement the standard,differences in implementation and incompatibilities can emerge. These differences also relate to how HTML5 video is supported by the various browsers. At present there is no single HTML5 compatible video format supported by all browsers on the market.

To learn more about HTML5, we suggest checking out http://diveintohtml5.org/, an excellent resource for developers and novices alike. For video-related topics, check out the subsection at http://diveintohtml5.org/video.html.

July 15, 2010 0

First it’s the Tablet and Now Ubiquitous Video Conferencing?

By mangesh in Innovation, Live Streaming, Products

Reality is stranger than fiction and right now, in 2010, I can faintly hear Kirk utter a famous line from an episode of Star Trek, “…a dream that became a reality and spread throughout the stars…” Or in this case, two dreams.

Two days ago we at BitGravity announced a partnership with Palo Alto-based ViVu in which together, we’ll bring 1:100k HD video conferencing and collaboration to desktops around the globe. Video-based communication and conferencing is not a new concept. Yes, there’s been discussion about videophones for a long time and they’ve never become a reality. But then, tablet computers were a well-worn concept when Apple launched the iPad earlier this year. Video-based communication, conferencing and collaboration is finally coming of age just as did tablet computing. Why now? A number of vectors are driving the conditions for this perfect storm:

  • Computers and smartphones now have the horsepower to encode video streams in real-time
  • Adequate bandwidth and Quality of Service in now available in the cloud to transmit video streams with minimal latency
  • Adoption of open standards has helped make the ‘any stream on any device’ vision a reality
  • Growing bandwidth and other capabilities (e.g. cameras) are now available on edge devices

We are still some ways off from an experience that combines the easy-of-use of a Skype call, the quality of a Cisco Telepresence video conference and the convergence of usage across office computers, family room TVs, and 4G smartphones. However, there is no doubt that we will see a rapid change in how consumer–as well as enterprises–use video for communication, conferencing and collaboration in the near future. The days of installing expensive equipment and setting up dedicated video communication channels are numbered; the big wave will be about ubiquitous and cost-effective video communication.

BitGravity brings some key building blocks to the rapidly evolving world of cloud-based video communication. We have a unique cloud-based fabric for setting up and transporting real-time data streams across the global with minimal latency. This cloud-based fabric has very high throughput and scalability, is protocol agnostic and highly resilient and fault tolerant, making it ideal for a variety of real-time interactive applications including high quality video broadcasts, video conferencing and collaboration.

We are partnering with innovative application companies such as ViVu, which has developed a video-centric desktop conferencing and collaboration application. By deploying ViVu’s application on BitGravity’s global HD video network, we can offer enterprise customers a very compelling solution that can be used for a variety of applications, from high-quality global CEO broadcasts to multi-person video conferences enriched with application and desktop sharing. This is an exciting direction, so watch this space!

June 18, 2010 0

The BitGravity Difference: Technical Support

By skip in Uncategorized

If you’ve worked with other CDNs, you probably understand how painful getting responsive, effective support can be. BitGravity is the first and only CDN built from the ground up specifically to deliver HD and SD VOD and live streams around the globe. Because of our focus on video, our customers expect and receive a level of service not provided by alternative providers. Here’s what we offer:

* Presales Support: Our prospective customers span the range from organizations new to video delivery to global media companies wanting to monetize video assets. Regardless of experience or size, BitGravity spends the time needed up front to ensure there’s a great fit.

* Video Expertise: Because BitGravity is the only CDN focused on VOD and live streaming, our team has the knowledge and experience to quickly and effectively help you address any issues that arise.  24/7/365 Phone & Email Support: We’re here to help our customers by phone and email around the clock.

* We Go the Extra Mile: We’re global, yet we’re eager to keep you a satisfied customer. Have a question about encoding, reducing latency, or codecs? We go the extra mile to get and keep you on BitGravity.

* It’s Included: Unlike an Web-only storage and CDN provider, 24/7/365 phone and email support is included for all our customers—even those that take advantage of our bundled VOD and live packages.

Contact us to find out how support and everything else, is different with BitGravity.

June 14, 2010 0

BG Live Helps Power 19 Entertainment’s, ‘If I Can Dream’ Web Reality Show

By skip in Uncategorized

In February, 19 Entertainment, the media powerhouse that created ‘American Idol’, launched ‘If I Can Dream’—a Web reality show that invites the world to follow five aspiring artists as they pursue their Hollywood dreams. At the core of the show is a unique system for online broadcasting that provides the audience with a choice of watching the contestants through 60 cameras positioned throughout the ‘If I Can Dream’ House and streaming live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

19 Entertainment worked closely with partners to innovate, create, and execute ‘If I Can Dream’, including BitGravity which provided proof of concept support and provides 60 HD on-demand live streams to the show’s visitors from 211 countries around the globe. In building this window into the lives of aspiring artists, ‘If I Can Dream’ and BitGravity have introduced a whole new way of producing and delivering live content.

Check out the aspiring stars live.