The problem, he said, that traditional media has with online media is that ‘they don’t get you can’t just put plastic robot anchors on and expect people to take it seriously. The younger audience doesn’t buy it. That’s our advantage; we’re honest with the audience, and they can tell we’re real.’
Uygur is host and creator of “The Young Turks,” a political show on YouTube and carried by Current TV. The 42-year-old has built up a large and loyal fanbase in the last seven years. He does a daily live stream — “TYT” has 413,00 subscribers who have watched its videos a whopping 850 million times — and since December 2011, “TYT” has had a nightly one-hour show on Current TV. But Uygur, whose show is focused on politics, hasn’t stopped there. In the last two years, “TYT” has added eight other shows to its fledgling network, ranging from a film review show to a sports show and a college-focused show. The Young Turks Network is a modern video network, all owned and operated by Uygur and team, and it runs through YouTube.
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The Telegraph Media Group has redesigned its studio to handle live streaming, struck a content deal with the AP Video Hub and hooked itself up to London’s communication hub, the BT Tower, in an effort to bring live video to its audience during breaking news events.
However, the Telegraph won’t just be a live streaming studio affair.
Various reports mention that journalists will have a “backpack device allowing high-quality live video to be sent over 3G networks.” In other words, this traditional print publication will soon have video reporters out in the field streaming back to the mothership.
I don’t know what the Telegraph is using but I’ve used one of these “backpack devices” from LiveU.
They basically work like this: you connect your camera to the broadcast device via Firewire. Inside the device are multiple 3G cellular uplinks from different providers (eg., Sprint, AT&T, Verizon) and a software layer that disaggregates your video among them. That way, each of the multiple cellular uplinks handle just parts of the video instead of all of it. Having multiple carriers means that if any one has a weak signal, more video is pushed toward the others.
On the receiving end of the signal is a server that reconstructs the disaggregated video and pushes it back out for Web, mobile and tablet audiences to view.
It’s all very neat stuff and has been used by media outlets to cover events ranging from the Grammy’s to the World Cup to this year’s presidential election race. — Michael