State Historical Society of North Dakota: Producing Facebook Live Streams: Where The Magic Happens. “Overseeing social media for both the agency and North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum’s pages, I’m always on the lookout for future or trending hashtags. When I saw upcoming national #AskACurator and #AskAnArchivist days, I knew we needed to participate with our staff experts in those areas. But how? My first thought was to do a Facebook Live session, but with some staff working from home and social distancing in the office, I wasn’t sure how that would work. Since Microsoft Teams has worked well for our meetings, I wondered if there was some way that we could do a Facebook Live stream via Teams. That’s when I turned to my best friend Google for help.”
TwinCities Pioneer Press: Holiday Arts Guide: From Blenders to Brickman, music traditions continue online. “Nearly all of this year’s holiday concerts are virtual, but many familiar faces both local (the Blenders, Lorie Line, the SPCO) and national (Jim Brickman, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) have planned online events to keep holiday traditions going during the pandemic. Here’s a look at what’s on tap.” These events are a mix of free and not-free.
Popular Science: How to livestream an event for all your friends and family. “Take my brother’s wedding, for example. He just married his fiancée (from Alabama) in Ireland (in case my byline isn’t enough of a hint, we’re Irish)….With travel and gathering restrictions in place in Ireland, limits on international travel, and other more individualized issues, more than three times as many people were prepared to tune in online as would actually be there. The livestream couldn’t be an afterthought—it was the main event for most people. At some point, this is likely to be the case for you. Whether it’s a wedding, funeral, birthday celebration, holiday gathering, or something else, getting the livestream right will be crucial.”
SaltWire Network: Sackville N.B.’s Singing Cook brings joy to people feeling down because of COVID-19. “Moyra Boone has combined her love of cooking and singing to bring joy to people feeling down amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sackville, N.B. woman was out of work and looking for something to pass the time when she began singing and cooking and sharing the experience on social media. Before she knew it, she had several hundred followers throughout the Maritimes and around the world – as far away as Australia.” Her Facebook group is here.
CNET: Facebook, Twitter CEOs to visit Congress again: How to watch on Tuesday. “The virtual hearing marks the second time Zuckerberg and Dorsey are to appear before lawmakers in less than a month. On Oct. 28, the executives, along with Google CEO Sundar Pichai, testified at a hearing on Section 230, a law that gives internet companies immunity for content posted by their users. That hearing strayed from its intended purpose, with senators challenging the trio on content moderation policies, including their responses to the New York Post story.”
Axios: Ex-Evernote CEO’s video service Mmhmm goes live. “Mmhmm provides a variety of tools that can be used in prerecorded or live video, allowing presenters to put up graphics, a la Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, among other tricks.The project began as something of a joke, Libin said, but got really serious amid the pandemic as workers started spending more and more time on Zoom and other conferencing services.”
Broadway World: Wiener Staatsoper Opens Digital Archive. “For the period of the temporary closure (3 to 30 November 2020 inclusive), the Vienna State Opera will offer video recordings from the digital archive as a stream free of charge.”
Leeds Live: Dance legend Dave Pearce backs Leeds entrepreneur’s mission to create ‘world’s biggest virtual nightclub’. “Top DJs from across the field of music have already signed up to back the trailblazing site and have started doing sets online which also allow fans to interact with them while they play their tunes. Fans pay a monthly subscription and they can then attend as many gigs as they want with DJs earning half of all profits. DJs already signed on with the site include BBC Radio One legend Dave Pearce along with stars of the Rave scene including Slipmatt, Creamfields and Ibiza regular Rob Tissera and the founder of legendary Retro club night Paul Taylor.”
Mashable: Instagram will let you livestream for up to 4 hours and archive for a month. “On Tuesday, the company announced it has extended the time limit for livestreams from 60 minutes to four hours. The change is global and applies to all Instagram users. The reason behind the move, Instagram says, is helping creators — yoga instructors, musicians, artists, cooks, and the like — to do longer sessions with their audience without being interrupted every hour.”
MIT Technology Review: AOC’s Among Us livestream hints at Twitch’s political power. “Just before 9 p.m. on October 20, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went on Twitch to play the hottest game in America: Among Us. ‘Hi, everyone! This is crazy!’ she began, urging viewers to make a plan for how they will vote with I Will Vote, an outreach program funded by the Democratic National Committee. After a few technical difficulties, Ocasio-Cortez spent three and a half hours playing the game with popular Twitch streamers as well as fellow Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar.”
The Gamer: Twitch Is Rolling Out The Beta For Soundtrack, A Collection Of Free Music For Streamers. “There is great news today for streamers as Twitch begins to roll out Soundtrack, a new collection of free music that can be used while broadcasting that is fully licensed, removing the potential for copyright claims. The new tool is a great addition for all streamers and offers a new way for artists to be discovered by audiences.”
Wired: How to Start Streaming on Twitch. “YOU MIGHT THINK you have to be a pro gamer to get started with Twitch, but that’s not true. Everyone from artists and musicians to comedians and crafters have channels where they create, entertain—and, yes, even play games for their audience. Here’s how to find yours, and how to watch ours.”
GBH: Chat Plays GBH Brings Popular Public Media Programs To New Social Media Audiences with Multiplatform Interactive Live Streaming Event. “GBH will bring the experience of some of its iconic public media programs to new audiences during Chat Plays GBH, a five-hour interactive live streaming variety show produced across Twitch, YouTube and Facebook. Throughout the live stream, GBH will bring together content from a series of nationally-recognized GBH productions, including NOVA, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, Arthur and Joyce Chen Cooks.” Those are all mashing up in my head and I’m kind of here for it.
KnowTechie: The best video game livestreaming platforms, ranked. “Once upon a time, video games and livestreaming were two separate ideas. Then, over time, they merged together to bring you a unique virtual experience. The success of sites like Twitch has shown that people enjoy watching other people play video games. In recent years, the streaming industry has expanded at an astounding rate. It’s an interesting time for game streaming services, however, as even big players like the Microsoft-owned Mixer has fallen to the wayside in the past year.”
SportBusiness: FIH and Nagra launch new Watch. Hockey streaming service. Please note this is FIELD hockey, not ice hockey. “The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has launched a new fan engagement app which will stream live coverage of matches and aims to be the digital ‘home of hockey’ for fans, players and officials worldwide. Produced in association with content and multi-screen video company Nagra, ‘Watch.Hockey’ is available free of charge, on the App Store and on Google Play. The timing of the launch coincides with the gradual resumption of international hockey, with the Pro League re-starting on September 22.”