ComVu of Canada has created the world’s first live video broadcast solution from a mobile device to a global audience. With the push of a button on a camera phone, bloggers, citizen reporters, family members, friends and corporate professionals can broadcast live events to their communities that can then watch the live feed on mobile devices or PCs with Windows Media compatible players. The solution is simple and inexpensive.
It’s offering free webcasting services for mobile phones running Windows Mobile 5. The software includes some sweet features such as tag support, geo-positioning data to allow viewers to locate the transmission point on a map, automatic video-blog functionality, and instant group notification via SMS, IM or email. The company is banking on video as the logical evolution of the phonecam newsgathering trend.
In creating a live mobile broadcasting solution, the Canadian company has pioneered two fields: transmission from a mobile device and ”do-it-yourself’ video network. The mobile service integrates the following key components: “one button” live video streaming capabilities, video archiving on ComVu servers, and a personal broadcast page directly accessed by viewers.
CNN is already promoting its citizen reported media; it’s only a matter of time before all newspapers and broadcasters will seamlessly tap into the ‘on the spot’ video feeds streamed live from camera phone users-this is exactly the capability ComVu enables.
According to ABI Research, camera phones will steal the low-end digital camera market within two years. The research group says the typical 1.3 megapixel camera phone will be ubiquitous and 5 megapixel models will not be uncommon.