Brian spoke on behalf of Watchitoo at CES2011 and wanted to share a few thoughts:
“Just before the start of my CES Tweethouse panel Campaigns that Connect, Scoble asked the audience “so, what do you what us to talk about?” At that moment, I realized a few things: first, this is a very wide ranging topic; second, this is going to be a lot of fun, and; third, let’s talk about what I want to talk about — collaborative live streaming.
We are at the beginning of an explosion in the consumption of live video on the web. People are more comfortable viewing live events online than ever before, the necessary bandwidth is becoming widely available and, most importantly, platforms are being developed that can deliver truly meaningful experiences. No one is saying that viewing an event online is as good as being in the room (though I can argue that in certain situations, it can be.) But, great technology combined with an intelligent user interaction can create an experience that is a whole lot better than not being there at all. Doing this right requires both science and art. This is a subtle, purely human interaction we are trying to replicate. Its not an easy thing to do. It requires much testing, both in the developer’s sandbox and out in the real world. That’s why we keep innovating and why we are constantly seeking to push the limits of what can be done.”