We've been using Watershed (Ustream premium) since September for special events and sports games. Overall, it works, but in my experience the image quality isn't great and there are no controls to adjust it. We use Adobe Live Media Encoder at high quality settings, but Watershed still seems to really compress it. I also find the support and documentation really lacking. It's hard to get a hold of someone for help. That doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement, but for simple setups it works decently.
I'm also interested in looking at other vendors. Edgecast looks interesting. They claim to support iPhone, iPad and Andoid, which I would love to do, but I have no idea what they cost. http://www.edgecast.com/services/streaming/#features_tab
Brown just signed up with Edgecast. We'll be live streaming commencement this year. We're actually running a test today, please check it out if you have a few minutes:
We also purchased a piece of hardware called a "Tricaster", which to my understanding allows you to do broadcast quality effects.
Wow, very cool, this is the exact setup I'm looking into. Works great on desktop, iPad and iPhone. What is Edgecast's pricing like? Do they have monthly plans, or is it based on viewer hours/bandwidth used?
I see your HTML5 stream playlist is hosted on your domain, but is the video feed running through Edgecast as well, or are you serving it directly from the Tricaster? Lastly, what Tricaster model did you get? Thanks!
We just had Commencement this past Saturday, and I'm determined to find a better streaming service for net year.