Lets talk about a new app called Meerkat. Meerkat enables you to stream live video from your phone with very good quality. You can stream for an unlimited amount of time. And the most important, it is free.
Meerkat live video streams, which are being called “Meerkasts” (a word that Jason Hitchcock claims to have coined), are almost real-time. There’s a delay of about 30 seconds, give or take 20 seconds. Plus, you can schedule them so people know when to tune in. When you start streaming with Meerkat, it is automatically announced on Twitter in a tweet with a link to the stream on the MeerkatApp.co website. It’s also announced inside the app for users who are following you on Twitter and also using Meerkat. Replies to the tweet are treated as comments, which show up superimposed on the live-streaming video, at least for users who are viewing in the app.
You need Twitter and Apple’s iOS operating system to use Meerkat now. Twitter is required for user identity and comments. The streaming feature is only possible with iOS. But Meerkat has released an unofficial Android app for viewing Meerkat streams, but it doesn’t work very well yet. We Expect full Android support will coming next. The company that makes Meerkat is called Life On Air. The Meerkat CEO, Ben Rubin, says a huge number of people watch Meerkat videos for hours every day. It’s super compelling to watch Meerkat videos. And it’s super compelling to stream them.
Meerkat has achieved that rare balance of features that make it a crowd-pleasing hit. After using and rooting for Google’s Video Hangouts and Hangouts-on-Air features (the latter being a live-streaming video service), I believe I understand why Hangouts-on-Air never took off and why Meerkat will.
source: computerworld, imore