TechCrunch: Twitch breaks records again in Q2, topping 5B total hours watched

TechCrunch: Twitch breaks records again in Q2, topping 5B total hours watched. “Twitch had already broken viewership records in the first quarter of 2020 amid coronavirus lockdowns, surpassing 3 billion total hours watched in a single quarter for the first time. In the second quarter, it appears that Twitch has broken that record and several others once again.”

Here is the future of music: monetized livestreams (Bandwagon)

Bandwagon: Here is the future of music: monetized livestreams. “Since the start of quarantine, there has been an influx of livestream content, with many artists flocking to platforms like Twitch, YouTube and Instagram to perform and connect with their fans. On Twitch alone, there was a 524% rise in viewership hours during March, on the platform’s music and performing arts category. Instagram Live also saw a 70% surge in usage that same month. Despite the increased interaction between musicians and their audiences, most of these online concerts come free of charge, thus, threatening how the music industry makes money.”

Pride Month: The Sims to host virtual Pride Parade on Twitch (CNET)

CNET: Pride Month: The Sims to host virtual Pride Parade on Twitch. “June marks the 50th anniversary of LGBTQI Pride Month, and during a global pandemic, many traditional in-person celebrations are moving online. In honor of Pride Month, YouTuber EnglishSimmer will host a Virtual Pride Parade livestream on The Sims’ Twitch channel. Players can submit their best Sims from the life simulation game styled for Pride to potentially be featured in the parade.”

Where Black Lives Matter Protesters Stream Live Every Day: Twitch (New York Times)

New York Times: Where Black Lives Matter Protesters Stream Live Every Day: Twitch. “When Shawn Whiting began documenting the protests over George Floyd’s death late last month, he started by posting photos and videos on Twitter and livestreaming marches on the social media service. But Mr. Whiting, 32, a video game designer in Seattle, quickly decided that Twitter’s video and audio quality wasn’t good enough. So he checked out other sites and settled on Twitch, a platform known for broadcasting video game play.”

CNBC: Amazon plans to air Premier League soccer matches for free on Prime and Twitch

CNBC: Amazon plans to air Premier League soccer matches for free on Prime and Twitch . “Amazon has announced that it is making all of its Premier League soccer matches free to watch on Amazon Prime and its live video streaming service, Twitch. The tech giant, which has the broadcast rights to four Premier League matches, said an Amazon Prime membership won’t be required to watch the games.”

Pitchfork: Lollapalooza 2020 Canceled Due to COVID-19

Pitchfork: Lollapalooza 2020 Canceled Due to COVID-19. “The city of Chicago is canceling Lollapalooza 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. The decision was announced today by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). The lineup for Lollapalooza 2020 was never announced. According to the mayor and DCASE’s announcement, Lolla will host ‘a weekend-long livestream event’ from July 30–August 2.”

Australian arts online guide: The best live streams and on-demand comedy, music, theatre, exhibitions and more (ABC News Australia)

ABC News Australia: Australian arts online guide: The best live streams and on-demand comedy, music, theatre, exhibitions and more. “Galleries started reopening last week (albeit with reduced numbers and scheduled attendance) with others to follow this month — but it’s going to be a while until we get back into theatres, and even longer until we can contemplate sweaty, shouty live music gigs. In the meantime, there is plenty of theatre, comedy, dance, writer’s talks and all that jazz to be found online.”

Australian arts online guide: The best live streams and on-demand comedy, music, theatre, exhibitions and more (ABC News Australia)

ABC News Australia: Australian arts online guide: The best live streams and on-demand comedy, music, theatre, exhibitions and more. “This guide focuses on Australian content, with occasional international gems thrown in too. There will be a genuine world-premiere, live streaming arts, streams from the archive, on-demand dates, bite-sized bits of content from Australian artists, galleries and theatre companies, and recommendations for the best ‘virtual’ exhibitions.”

State of Delaware: Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs launches At Home Concert Series

State of Delaware: Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs launches At Home Concert Series. “As part of a growing effort to bring Delaware’s historic places, stories and artifacts to life online, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs (HCA) has introduced a new digital feature highlighting local music and historic sites across the First State: The At Home Concert Series, now live on HCA’s YouTube channel. The first concert in the series, a solo, half-hour performance by singer/guitarist Mike Miller, was recorded live in the historic courtroom of The Old State House in Dover. The series will continue with additional concerts featuring artists from around the region performing in historic venues across the state.”

WTOP: Livestream concert calendar for May 30-June 13

WTOP: Livestream concert calendar for May 30-June 13. “What’s a live music lover to do? Live concert streams! There is something for everyone, from national acts playing in their homes for charity to local faves with a guitar and iPhone trying to keep the money flow coming in through PayPal and Venmo.”

News: Amnesty Goes Online For Shows With Eddie Izzard, Nish Kumar, Guilty Feminist & Goodness Gracious Me Reunion (Beyond the Joke)

Beyond the Joke: News: Amnesty Goes Online For Shows With Eddie Izzard, Nish Kumar, Guilty Feminist & Goodness Gracious Me Reunion. “Amnesty International is to put classic comedy moments online alongside new live Q&As with a week of Secret Policeman’s Ball Unlocked, which will include a special reunion with the Goodness Gracious Me team.” Starts tomorrow, June 1.

SE7EN: New web site creates one-stop store for locating streamers throughout platforms

SE7EN: New web site creates one-stop store for locating streamers throughout platforms. “Popdog brings collectively streamers from all completely different platforms into one easy-to-find area. On Popdog, you could find standard streamers, type by games, or search for esports competitions which can be dwell. The web site even features a trending part that exhibits which streamers are outperforming their traditional view counts, one thing that would assist smaller streamers who’re on the rise.”

PopSugar Fitness: Sweat It Out With Our Intense New Instagram Live Workouts, Premiering All Week Long!

PopSugar Fitness: Sweat It Out With Our Intense New Instagram Live Workouts, Premiering All Week Long!. “No space, no equipment, no time? Honestly, no problem. A step-by-step solution: First, to stay on track, add our Instagram Live workout schedule to your Google Calendar. Second, throw on some comfy clothes — that’s the only gear you’ll need. Third, show up in whatever area of your bedroom, living room, garage, or basement you have available. And fourth, head over to @popsugarfitness to join us for a fun, intense, and effective live sweat session!”

The Conservation: International film archives are streaming up a storm during lockdown. Australia’s movie trove isn’t even online

The Conservation: International film archives are streaming up a storm during lockdown. Australia’s movie trove isn’t even online. “Film archives began to be established in 1933 as archivists realised films needed to be safeguarded for their own sake, rather than for military or religious purposes. Nitrate film used from the early 1890s through the mid-1950s, and magnetic tape used from the mid-1940s to the early 2000s, cannot survive the test of time. So, in addition to managing storage environments, archives preserve films digitally. Commercial streaming services offer access to films, but they do not ensure this content is stored, saved and contextualised. They are not custodians of history or culture. Archives ensure recordings of the past remain meaningfully embedded in our contemporary life. In a time when the audiovisual is our primary mode of communication, the archive as an institution protecting and championing our shared history is more important than ever.”

Hindustan Times: Onoterusaki Shrine in Japan offers solace to those at home amid coronavirus pandemic lockdown

Hindustan Times: Onoterusaki Shrine in Japan offers solace to those at home amid coronavirus pandemic lockdown. “Shinto shrines, a go-to place for many Japanese to pray for good health and safety, have largely shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic. But one Tokyo shrine went online for those seeking solace. Onoterusaki Shrine in downtown Tokyo was live-streaming prayers on Twitter during a May 1-10 holiday, allowing those stuck at home to join rituals.”