Many businesses have a need to screen cast quick webinars, podcasts, and updates about their services. Ustream offers a fast solution that you can deploy in the next few minutes.
It starts at the homepage where you can either take the tour or jump right in. Most of us know how to sign up for a web service, but with Ustream you will want to pay close attention to the following options:
- Channel Name, because it should reflect your brand or at least the product you are talking about.
- Remote, This is if you already have the gear to video podcast and want to use it to conduct the web cast.
- Account, Where you will add the social media platforms for the announcements to go out when you begin a broadcast.
Please note that Ustream does offer a player page, which you can readily share. If you wish to direct traffic to that page you can do so with even less set up. It has been my experience that many webcasts happen on people’s own websites for tracking reasons.
Free versus Premium…
I have seen nothing to bar me from recommending either service, if you regularly broadcast then the premium offer even more options:
- From 100 to 5,000 viewer hours on a sliding cost scale that ranges from $99-$2000 per month.
- Ad-free broadcasting
- HD broadcasting (up to 720p)
- Phone support
- Video embed control
- Channel password protection
- Channel customization
- Facebook and Twitter integration
As for the free service if you are new to broadcasting it’s a great way to get familiar with the tools and offer a nice web cast.
Live streaming video by UstreamExample of embedded player (Above) which I can readily broadcast to.
All in all lets say it’s a wonderful service, and a potentially good fit for your businesses web casting needs.
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