Live video broadcasting service Bambuser has launched a number of updates today.
A new ‘maps’ feature uses Google Maps to show where in the world live broadcasts are being made from. In addition, it’s possible to find broadcasts previously made from a specific location.
Hans Eriksson, Executive Chairman of Bambuser, said “The Maps update is a very exciting addition to the Bambuser experience. This gives our users and visitors to www.bambuser.com an opportunity to search for live and historic broadcasts in any specific geographical area in the world. I can see a very interesting opportunity here when anything of global impact, like the protests in Egypt or hurricane Irene, takes place. You can now immediately go to Bambuser and search the map to find live and historical broadcasts from the chosen area.”
The company has also upgraded its chat function, which allows anyone watching a broadcast to send an on-screen message to the user’s mobile phone. From today, this chat history will be archived and available when watching a video on-demand. Anyone entering a live broadcast can see chat messages that were posted before they joined.
Finally, Bambuser’s unique ‘Complement Data’ technology is being simplified. Bambuser automatically varies the number of video frames transmitted depending on the connection quality. Frames that aren’t transmitted live are stored on the mobile handset. Now, when a broadcast has ended, users will be prompted to upload the dropped frames. These will be inserted into the original video, resulting in a higher-quality experience when watching the images ‘on demand’.
|Hans Eriksson recently completed a 24-hour live broadcasting challenge that used Bambuser to help him explore London. We spoke to him just before he started; you can listen to the full interview on our website, via iTunes or by downloading the MP3 file.