LiveStream No Longer Free, Now $45 Per Month

by Jon Davis 1. March 2012 13:18

This is not a developer post at all, I wanted to share it with the world to see if this might get this picked up by Google as I am somewhat bewildered that a Google search does not reveal this information at all.

I have been enjoying a side personal interest in video production for several months now. I recently found a venue to focus this interest—a weekly group event at my church. I’ve become the videographer there during Wednesday evening meetings, and I’ve restored the execution of the group’s vision to LiveStream the meetings by providing the tools needed to get the job done, i.e. connectors from my camera, converters to a PC, etc.

Unfortunately, after some recent changes to LiveStream that they are still undergoing it appears that with the “New Livestream” the ability to produce and publish live content or share video clips for free is going to be going away completely. This ability is apparently being replaced by “Producer Accounts” which will apparently cost $45 each month. This is what I posted on their Forums @ http://www.livestream.com/forum/showpost.php?p=31605&postcount=40:

There does appear to be a Search field at the top of the site, don't know if it was recently added or not, but it doesn't seem to work to find either of the two channels I support. I agree that category browsing MUST be returned.

My concern, however, is that the profile page on the "new" site shows nothing. The old page for http://www.livestream.com/{channelname} works "fine", but in the new site with http://new.livestream.com/accounts/79748 it's flat disabled. There is no support whatsoever for even producing live content for free. The messaging when logged in says, "Upgrade to a Producer Account to Create Events - We see that you currently have a New Livestream Viewer Account (Free). To create events and post text, video clips, photos and live video, you'll require a New Livestream Producer Account." Even video clips and live video requires a "producer account" which starts at $45/mo.

Presumably, the old site and its featureset are going to go away completely. So, apparently, it's over, guys. No more free LiveStreaming.

These observations could be temporary or perhaps misread, but it looked pretty obvious to me that this is what is going on.

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*click* on Upgrade Now ..

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 UPDATE: Heard back from LiveStream:

"The reason your channel is not showing up in search is most likely because it has not yet been verified. To be clear, the original Livestream isn't going anywhere. We plan to continue to offer free streaming for the foreseeable future.

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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
 
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

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