Live video broadcasting has had the wind in its sails for a while now. A few weeks after the launch of Google Plus and its Hangouts, Skype and Facebook partnered
to offer one-on-one video calling to users. And recently, start-up Tinypay.me went a step further with GroupChat.tv
, an application that allows up to 50 Facebook users to video chat at the same time.
Other established platforms have jumped on the live group video streaming bandwagon. The latest one to date is Stickam. Yesterday, the company announced
the launch of a new application that lets users interact with fans directly on their Fan Pages thanks to group chats.
With this application, Page owners can choose to ‘Fan-gate’ the Stickham player. This means that visitors have to like the Page before they are able to actually watch the live broadcast / group chat.
“Facebook just surpassed one trillion page views, so it makes perfect sense to offer Stickam’s most popular interactive live video offerings within the social network,” says
Hideki Kishioka, co-founder of Stickam in the press release announcing the news. “The new option to require ‘likes’ is a great way to capture some of those eyes.”
The Stickam Facebook application is free. To install it on your Fan Page, visit http://apps.facebook.com/istickam/
Stickam is currently holding a contest — only open to U.S. residents. Members have until September 12, 2011 (at noon PDT) to submit a unique and innovative 30-second video of their “Stickam Group” media player with all 12 camera slots filled. Prizes at stake include a MacBook Air and 50 custom-designed T-shirts for the members of the winning group. For more information on the contest, visit http://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/141917
Named “Top Video Destination for Teens” by Nielsen, Stickham was launched in Los Angeles, California, in 2005. The platform serves the live video streaming needs of more than seven million registered users. For more information, visit www.stickam.com