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|Foundation date||New York, New York, United States|
|Headquarters||111, 8th Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10011, United States|
|Key people||Max Haot (Chief Executive Officer)
Dayananda Nanjundappa (Chief Technical Officer)
Phil Worthington (Chief Product Officer)
Mark Kornfilt (Chief Architect)
|Slogan(s)||Discover & Experience Live Events|
|Alexa rank||1,256 (December 2013[update])|
|Registration||Optional (to broadcast)|
Livestream, formerly known as Mogulus, is a live streaming video platform that allows users to view and broadcast video content using a camera and a computer through the internet. It offers a free ad-supported service and multi-tiered premium services.
Livestream also offers wireless HD broadcasting in the form of a device combination called Livepack, described as "a satellite television truck in a backpack."
In September 2009, Livestream started providing custom channel pages to stream events like concerts from Kina Grannis, Pixie Lott, Eric Gales, David Gray, and Foo Fighters. These pages integrated live chat, Twitter, and Facebook. Livestream has been used to stream content by Gannett Newspapers and by the World Economic Forum, and some local TV affiliates, usually for local news and storm watch.
Livestream was cofounded as Mogulus in 2007 by Max Haot, Dayananda Nanjundappa, Phil Worthington, and Mark Kornfilt, and has offices in New York, Los Angeles and Bangalore. It launched with a free streaming service, and introduced its white label “pro” service in April 2008 with Gannett Newspapers as its first customer. In July 2008, Gannett invested in Mogulus with $10 million in funding. In May 2009, Mogulus re-branded as Livestream.
Livestream is both a virtual television studio and embeddable video player, offering users the opportunity to produce and broadcast Web video in the manner of a television network. Users can stream live video or broadcast pre-recorded video in their channels, utilizing multiple cameras and on-screen graphics. Users may also collaborate with other producers anywhere in the world.
Gannett Newspapers’ Indianapolis Star used Livestream to stream live coverage of the 2008 United States presidential election. Livestream also broadcast the 2009 Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration as a live stream from New York City, while the Times Square Alliance embedded the Livestream player on its own site for simultaneous viewing.
Other users of Livestream to stream events include the Conservative Party of the United Kingdom. It is also used by Columbia University. Oracle, a multinational software development and consulting corporation, has integrated a customized Livestream page into its online presence.
On October 30, 2009, the Foo Fighters played their first internet-only live concert from their studio space Studio 606 in Los Angeles. Viewers were able to interact directly with the band, ask questions, and requests songs through a custom Facebook page with an integrated chat feature. The band played 2 hours and 45 minutes of greatest hits to more than 150,000 viewers around the world.
Rock band Saosin performed an exclusive acoustic performance inside Livestream’s offices followed by a live chat. On September 16, 2009, Boys Like Girls also played an interactive performance on Facebook and Livestream. The following month, American rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars, composed of actor Jared Leto and brother Shannon Leto streamed a live interview with their fans, which was also available for viewing on the iPhone. An in-store performance by rock band Motion City Soundtrack was streamed live from New Jersey record store Vintage Vinyl on January 20, 2010.
Livestream also broadcast a panel discussion between renowned hip-hop and reggae artists. Rapper Nas and reggae star Damian Marley discussed Distant Relatives, their album and documentary about the shared African roots of hip-hop and reggae. DJs Kool Herc and Red Alert and dancehall legend U-Roy and dub-producer King Jammy were also on-hand to discuss the historical and cultural connections between the two genres of music.
Livestream released Twitcam which allows users to broadcast live streaming video using their Twitter account. When someone replies to a tweet that includes the link to the show, Twitcam counts it as a reply. It then compiles these in a single place where everyone watching the broadcast can see the entire corresponding conversation. Broadcasts using Twitcam are saved with a unique URL.
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