Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Bambuser blocked in Egypt as Government seeks to control news agenda

We can confirm that Bambuser was blocked in Egypt at 1 PM CET January 25th, as the local government seeks to control the news in the face of mass demonstrations by protestors frustrated by the poverty and oppression they face in the country.

Organised by internet savvy, young Egyptians using Twitter and Facebook to communicate and organise, Bambuser has proved to be the perfect tool for protestors to quickly and easily share content – live – to a watching world, on social media sites. Prior to services like Bambuser entering the field, protestors would record videos and upload them to YouTube when they got home; however, many never made it, as police confiscated phones. Now they can't operate like that, and instead have chosen to close the whole service in order to stay in control.

Here at Bambuser, we are proud to be a democratic tool for freedom of speech, and condemn the abuse of power that we are seeing today. We are working hard to ensure access resumes for the Egyptian community and stand by them in their quest for the right to protest.

UPDATE: These are some of the last broadcasts coming out of Egypt today, before we got blocked

New iPhone App Release

The new iPhone app update provides a combination of Bambuser's low latency and high quality live broadcasting. It supports hardware accelerated video streaming alongside on-demand frame rate enhancements; dramatically improving user experience when watching Bambuser videos live and on demand. The Bambuser iPhone app is compatible with the iPhone and the 4th generation of the iPod touch, and requires iOS 3.1 or later. To download the application, visit the app store.

As the smartphone market continues to grow, applications are becoming increasingly popular as consumers seek to ensure they have a truly mobile experience. Live streaming video is set to grow immensely over the next few years, with research suggesting 70% of data traffic will be video by 2014 as consumers and businesses alike seek to stand out online and share media in real time with friends, family and customers.

To support this, Bambuser, an interactive video streaming platform for consumers, media companies and brands, has updated its free iPhone app, adding optimised video and audio quality. With the Bambuser app, users can stream live content from their iPhones, over 3G or Wi-Fi, sharing experiences instantly with followers all over the globe.

"At Bambuser we have strived to make mobile video simple and fun, enabling anyone with a mobile device to share their experiences in real-time" said Jonas Vig, CEO, Bambuser. "By upgrading our application for the iOS platform we have continued our commitment to provide video solutions to consumers worldwide, and, importantly, have presented it in a combination that no one else has yet achieved."

With the Bambuser iPhone app, users can choose to broadcast in public or in private, receive live chat messages and geo-tag transmissions using GPS. The live video streams can also be shared seamlessly on social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, and can be embedded onto blogs and websites, enabling users to share their experiences as and when they happen.

Bambuser is for anyone and everyone to broadcast what is important to them, as it happens, no matter how big or small it is. As such, Bambuser currently offers several different solutions, starting with free accounts for consumers, which includes unlimited ad-supported streaming. In addition, small businesses, media and larger organisations can opt for a premium or media account, which both offer controlled distribution, ad-free streaming and opportunities to monetise the content. More information on the different accounts is found at http://bambuser.com/business.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Holiday Competition: iPhone4 Winner

Thanks for your participation in our Holiday Competition! We had a great international turnout, enjoying broadcasts from all over the world. We also learned a lot about how different cultures celebrate the winter holiday season.

Some of the highlights were being taken on a beautiful scenic & snowy car adventure in Norway, to hearing live piano music in Brazil, to watching New Years Eve fireworks in Sweden …
It was tough to make the final call.

While considering the number of views, the video that received the most appreciation from the Bambuser Crew and was one of the holiday favourites was....


We loved watching the holiday unfold in Romania & getting a glimpse into the festive spirit of the local culture there!

Congratulations again to Blogatu for winning the iPhone 4 – we hope you’ll make the most of it.

Thanks again to all the participants – we’ll roll out a new set of exciting competitions for you to engage with, in 2011 – stay tuned!

Friday, 7 January 2011