Brightcove and Livestream Increase Live Streaming Video Capabilities

By Andrew Gauthier 

Livestream, a leading online video broadcasting platform, and Brightcove, a high-profile video publishing company, announced a partnership Tuesday, one they hope will open up live video streaming technology to an increasingly interested public. Feeding live video into the Brightcove system used to require that customers use their own live encoding system. Together, the companies have developed a plug-in that allows Brightcove customers access to feed directly from Livestream’s live video platform.

This is the latest example of development based on Livestream’s newly released open platform APIs, which enable the streaming service to be integrated into in-house or third party online video platforms and players. The Livestream Player API allows customers, programmers, and web agencies to build their own Livestream powered video players and clip libraries, using HTML, Adobe Flash, or Adobe Flex development environments.

Livestream, which counts Gannett as an investor, is relied upon by many major news outlets, including C-SPAN, which recently used it to broadcast live coverage of Justice Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings, and Fox 5 New York, which uses the platform for the online component of its daily “Good Day New York” broadcast. Brightcove’s customers include numerous outlets in print and broadcast journalism, including Hearst Communications, The New York Times, Comcast, and the Weather Channel.