Oct 22, 2010 9:32 AM –
Ustream.com is the leading live interactive media platform on the web. The free Ustream Viewer enables you to watch live and recorded Ustream shows while on the go (for all Android versions).
Pros & Cons:
- Watch live or recorded streaming video in high quality
- See live chat comments within the live stream
- Filter and search video content
- Lack of quality content
- Cannot participate in chat, only view
- There are reports that it doesn’t seem to Samsung Galaxy S line of phones
Ustream Viewer is a beta app by Ustream.com which allows you to view a live or recorded broadcast on your smartphone. Even over 3G cellular networks the stream shows pretty good video quality without skipping, if you’re connected to Wifi the quality enhances. It has chat read-only capabilities which can be toggled on or off. Chats are those from the desktop stream and are not yet available from the mobile app to participate. One common gripe is the lack of quality content available.
Ustream Viewer Live Broadcasts List
Ustream Viewer Recorded Broadcasts List
Ustream Viewer Change Search Filters
Ustream Viewer Live Streaming Video with Social Stream
Ustream Viewer Live Streaming with Social Stream
Usefulness & Frequently Used:
Ustream is a great tool for broadcasters using the service to connect with their fans. You don’t have to be glued to a desktop or laptop to view and interact with your favorite live streaming broadcasters, yet have it on the go or view from anywhere using a smartphone or tablet. It may not be useful to the broad scope of folks, however in time I foresee services like Ustream becoming as common in our lives as YouTube is.
Ease of Use:
Once loaded you’re presented with two lists; one for Live broadcasts and another for Recorded broadcasts. Either scroll through each list for content or if you know the broadcaster you’re looking for pull the menu tab from the bottom and scroll it up to reveal more filters. There you can filter Channel Type, Category, Subcategory, but the more useful filter is the text search.