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Live streaming continues to give digital protestors a global voice

by david.nunes

London, 17th October 2011: Live streaming continues to give digital protestors a global voice

Equipped with little more than their smartphone and access to a 3G or WiFi service, increasing numbers of tech-savvy activists are using live video streaming to give their cause a digital, global voice.

This weekend’s anti-capitalism protests saw over two thousand pieces of video transmitted instantly onto the live broadcasting service Bambuser.

Hundred of thousands people clicked onto the site to watch live broadcasts from a range of countries including Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, France, The Netherland, Belgium, Sweden, the UK, the United States, Canada and Mexico.

“These numbers are unprecedented and emphasises how Bambuser has become the activists’ digital tool of choice,” said Bambuser Executive Chairman Hans Eriksson.

“The uptake of live streaming is spreading incredibly quickly as the public take the opportunity to share developments in their cities in real time.”

“It’s apparent that people across the globe are eager to share what’s happening not only on Twitter and Facebook but also through live and interactive broadcasting. As the saying goes, a picture paints a thousand words.”

A sample of the weekend’s broadcasts include:
– a protestor walking past a burnt car in Rome
Julian Assange talking to the crowd in London (starts approx 30 minutes into the clip)
police surrounding London protestors
– street protests in Toronto, Berlin and Portugal.

“Activists in the ‘Arab Spring Uprising’ were the first to recognise the advantages Bambuser has to offer in terms of simplicity, quality of vision, adaptability and low latency,” said Hans Eriksson.

“This recognition will continue to grow as increasing numbers of the public leverage the benefits live streaming offers.”

Bambuser Executive Chairman Hans Eriksson will be speaking at the Streaming Media Europe conference (http://www.streamingmediaglobal.com/conference/2011/) in London tomorrow (Tuesday 18th October) and will be available for interview

For further information, images and interviews, please contact:

Kevin Maxwell
t:   +44 (0) 20 7099 6975
m: +44 (0) 78 9600 4155


–        Bambuser (http://bambuser.com/) is a free, simple-to-use live video service that allows users to broadcast live video directly on their own blogs or favourite social networks
–        Bambuser works on over 320 smart-phones model and many web / DV-cams and boasts an average delay time of only 1.5 seconds
–        Earlier this month Bambuser released groundbreaking new features – a Google Maps mashup that traces the origins of broadcasts; an enhanced ‘chat’ function; and the ability to automatically maximise the quality of broadcasts relative to the quality of the available 3G / WiFi signal.
–        Bambuser was recently named by the Daily Telegraphas one of the world’s top 100 upcoming tech companies.
–        The Financial Times wrote “What Bambuser has brought to the table is nothing short of revolutionary .. it’s really fascinating technology. A glimpse of the brave new world of live video webcasting. It’s flavour of the month – it may well be flavour of the year – it could even be flavour of the decade.”
–        Wired magazine described Bambuser as “one of the hottest start-ups in Stockholm”

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