The advent of online video changed everything for us. In fact, it made us possible.
Since 2000, we’ve been live streaming meetings. However, the origins can be traced back much further.
The origins of live streaming meetings
United States President Harry S. Truman gave an important speech in 1951. Delivered at the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference, it ended America’s post-World War II occupation of Japan.
The speech also marked the first time a television program was broadcast from coast to coast (87 stations in 47 cities). It used microwave technology – an innovation at the time.
Another forty-four years would pass before live streaming (as we know it) took off. However, things escalated quickly.
Buffering through time
Progressive Networks facilitate the world’s first live streamed event. It was a broadcast of the Seattle Mariners vs. New York Yankees.
NetFlix.com launches. The DVD format was only a year old at this point.
Widespread video hits the internet with an AVI from USA’s Comedy Central.
Public-i was formed to help local government stay transparent and accountable.
We live streamed the Labour party conference with our event webcasting service.
Public-i introduced a choice of streaming: Real or Windows.
YouTube was launched to share videos.
Public-i develop a mobile streaming solution.
BBC launch iPlayer and Netflix introduce their video-on-demand service.
Public-i hit over 2000 live streams.
CMIS integration would follow.
We integrated popular social media feeds into Connect to help clients reach more people.
The Local Audit and Accountability Act is amended, allowing the public to film and report on council meetings.
Police and Crime Commissioners are elected. Sussex PCC begin streaming their Performance and Accountability meetings soon after.
We make things easier. AV integration, tablet control, automated slides and auto-archiving become core features of Connect.
Twitter’s Periscope live streaming app is born.
Public-i moves over to a HTML5 player – removing the need for Flash plugins for most viewers.
Facebook’s live streaming facility becomes Facebook Live. Chewbacca Mom breaks streaming records.