Yes you can now, thanks to Livestream and their Procaster application, stream live to the iPhone. Well actually you have to stream to your iPhone website and then iPhone users can pick up the streams from there.
Livestream says the great thing about it is that there's no application to install on the iPhone and no proprietary player, so the only way for people to find you is by you telling them or listing at the Livestream iPhone channels site (see below also)
Livestream, the leading live Internet video platform, today announced the immediate availability of its free service for streaming live to the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Using Livestream Procaster, users can stream live from their webcam, video camera or even broadcast their PC or Mac desktop. Livestream producers can start streaming live to the addressable iPhone and iPod Touch audience over 3G or Wi-Fi connections, with less than five minutes of setup.
Livestream is the first to offer a turn-key streaming service that uses the new H.264 HTTP live streaming functionality included in the native QuickTime player that Apple has pre-installed on the iPhone. This means that Livestream producers do not need to obtain iPhone App Store approval to launch their own iPhone live streaming channel, nor do their viewers need to install any application. Streams are viewed using the iPhone's Safari browser.
Livestream has also provided a simple Representational State Transfer (REST) API for developers to integrate live streaming into their own iPhone websites or their own iPhone applications. Livestream Procaster includes a free streaming encoder, which means that no third party application or license needs to be purchased in order to stream live to the iPhone using Livestream.
"A key breakthrough is that the service doesnâ€™t require any proprietary player or application to be installed on the iPhone. Â Producers are free to integrate the iPhone live stream with their own website, iPhone portal or iPhone application using the API provided," explained Livestream CEO and co-founder Max Haot.
Streaming live to the iPhone requires less than five minutes to install. Producers simply download and install Livestream Procaster for the PC or Mac from www.livestream.com/procaster, connect their video camera or webcam, select iPhone 3G Quality, and press Go Live. User can view the live streams on their iPhone or iPod Touch by pointing their Safari browser to the channel they want to view at iphone.livestream.com.
Now why am I telling you all this? Simple, because I know that some of you out there will have some great idea on how to monetize this. Whether it's something as simple as GPS-assisted video directions or as complex as real-time video-based first aid until Emergency services arrive, I'm sure some of you out there will find a way to make it work for you. So get moving! If you use either of those ideas, drop me an email.
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