A webcast is a media file distributed over the Internet using streaming media technology. As a broadcast may either be live or recorded, similarly, a webcast may either be distributed live or recorded. For the band see Broadcast (band Broadcasting is the distribution of audio and/or Video signals which transmit Essentially, webcasting is “broadcasting” over the Internet.
The generally accepted use of the term webcast is the "transmission of linear audio or video content over the Internet".
A webcast uses streaming media technology to take a single content source and distribute it to many simultaneous listeners/viewers. Streaming multimedia is Multimedia that is constantly received by and normally presented to an end-user while it is being delivered by a streaming provider (the
The largest "webcasters" include existing radio and TV stations who "simulcast" their output, as well as a multitude of Internet only "stations". Simulcast is a Portmanteau of " simul taneous broad' cast' " and refers to programs or events broadcast across more than one The term webcasting is usually reserved for referring to non-interactive linear streams or events.
Rights and licensing bodies offer specific "webcasting licenses" to those wishing to carry out Internet broadcasting using copyright material.
Webcasting is also used extensively in the commercial sector for investor relations presentations (such as Annual General Meetings), in E-learning (to transmit seminars), and for related communications activities. However, webcasting does not bear much, if any, relationship to the idea of web conferencing which is designed for many-to-many interaction. Web conferencing is used to conduct live Meetings or Presentations over the Internet.
The ability to webcast using cheap/accessible technology has allowed independent media to flourish. Media Transparency is the concept of determining how and why Information is conveyed through various means There are many notable independent shows that broadcast regularly online. For the band see Broadcast (band Broadcasting is the distribution of audio and/or Video signals which transmit Often produced by average citizens in their homes they cover many interests and topics; from the mundane to the bizarre. Webcasts relating to computers, technology, and news are particularly popular and many new shows are added regularly. Technology is a broad concept that deals with a Species ' usage and knowledge of Tools and Crafts and how it affects a species' ability to control and adapt
"Webcasting" was first publicly described and presented by Brian Raila of GTE Laboratories at InterTainment '89, 1989, held in New York City, USA. Raila recognized that a viewer/listener need not download the entirety of a program to view/listen to a portion thereof, so long as the receiving device ("client computer") could, over time, receive and present data more rapidly than the user could digest same. Raila used the term "buffered media" to describe this concept.
Raila was joined by James Paschetto of GTE Laboratories to further demonstrate the concept. Paschetto was singularly responsible for the first workable prototype of streaming media, which Raila presented and demonstrated at the Voice Mail Association of Europe 1995 Fall Meeting of October, 1995, in Montreux, Switzerland. Alan Saperstein (Visual Data, now known as Onstream Media (Nasdaq:ONSM), was the first company to feature streaming video in June of 1993 with HotelView, a travel library of 2 minute videos featuring thousands of hotel properties worldwide.
The term webcasting was coined (in the early/mid 1990s) when webcast/streaming pioneers Mark Cuban (Audionet), Howard Gordon (Xing Technologies), William Mutual (ITV. Mark Cuban (born July 31, 1958 in Pittsburgh). He is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, an NBA Basketball team, Howard Gordon (born 31 March 1961, Queens New York New York, U net) and Peggy Miles (InterVox Communications) got together with a community of webcasters to pick a term to describe the technology of sending audio and video on the Net. Peggy Miles was an early pioneer in Webcasting and digital media commencing in 1995 . . that might make sense to people. The term netcasting was a consideration, but one of the early webcast community members owned a company called NetCast, so that term was not used, seeking a name that would not be branded to one company. Discussions were also conducted about the term with the National Association of Broadcasters for their books - Internet Age Broadcaster I and II, written by Peggy Miles and Dean Sakai. National Association of Broadcasters (NAB is a trade association representing the interests of for-profit over-the-air radio and television broadcasters in the United States
The actual word "webcast" was coined by Daniel Keys Moran in his 1988 novel The Armageddon Blues. Not to be confused with Daniel Keyes. Daniel Keys Moran (born November 30 1962 also known by his initials DKM is a computer programmer : ". . . DataWeb News had done an in-depth on it not two weeks ago, and tourists had been trekking up into the New York hills ever since the webcast. " -- page 191 of the Bantam paperback.
Virtually all the major broadcasters have a webcast of their output, from the BBC to CNN to Al Jazeera to UNTV Webcast in television to Radio China, Vatican Radio, United Nations Radio and the World Service in radio. Cable News Network, usually referred to by its Initialism CNN, is a major English language Television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner For the English-language channel see Al Jazeera English Al Jazeera (الجزيرة al-jazīrah,, meaning "The Island"
A notable webcast took place in September 1999 to launch NetAid, a project to promote Internet use in the world's poorest countries. Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) NetAid is an anti-poverty organization It started as a joint venture between the United Nations Development Programme and Cisco Systems but became independent in Three high profile concerts were to be broadcast simultaneously on the BBC, MTV and over the Internet; a London concert at Wembley Stadium featuring the likes of Robbie Williams, George Michael; a New York concert featuring Bono of U2 and Wyclef Jean; a Geneva concert. MTV ( Music Television) is an American Cable television network based in New York City. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. original Wembley Stadium was a football Stadium in Wembley, a suburb of north-west London, standing on the site now occupied by the Robert Peter Maximilian Williams (born 13 February 1974) is an English singer Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (Γεώργιος Κυριάκος Παναγιώτου (born 25 June 1963 best known as George Michael, is a two-time Grammy Award winning New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous Wyclef Jean (ˈwajklɛf ˈʒɑn born Nelust Wyclef Jean on October 17, 1972) is a Haitian American Musician, Actor Geneva (Genève is the second-most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich) and is the most populous city of Romandy (the French -speaking
More recently, Live8 (AOL) claimed around 170,000 concurrent viewers (up to 400 Kbit/s) and the BBC received about the same (10 Gbit/s) on the day of the 7 July 2005 bombings in London. The growth of webcast traffic has roughly doubled, year on year, since 1995 and is directly linked to broadband penetration.
Connecting Media was one of the first companies to do live webcasting using a special IFP Van (Internet Field Production) dedicated to webcasting.
Today, webcasts are being used more frequently and by novice users. Live webcasts are allowing viewing of presentations, business meetings, and seminars etc. for those that telecommute rather than attend. Telecommuting, e-commuting, e-work, telework, working at home (WAH, or working from home (WFH is a work arrangement in Such sites as WebBroadcastingLive. com for example, offer live broadcasting as an affordable solution to public speaking events that expands the viewing audience to anyone that has an internet connection. For the band see Broadcast (band Broadcasting is the distribution of audio and/or Video signals which transmit Public speaking is the process of speaking to a group of people in a structured deliberate manner intended to inform influence or entertain the listeners
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