Apple Live Video Streaming of September 1st Event – for Mac’s & iOS only!

by Klaus on September 1, 2010

in Apple

Awesome! For the first time since early 2000, I think, Apple is back with online streaming from one of their events and it’s all going to happen today/tonight (depending on where in the world you’re located, it’s tonight for me).

An interesting twist though, Apple’s press release on the matter states that:

Apple® will broadcast its September 1 event online using Apple’s industry-leading HTTP Live Streaming, which is based on open standards. Viewing requires either a Mac® running Safari® on Mac OS® X version 10.6 Snow Leopard®, an iPhone® or iPod touch® running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad™.

While I will probably not use any of my iOS devices (iPhone/iPad) to watch it, since I’ll be glued to my Mac at that time of day anyway, TUAW mentions that about 90% of the Internet is missing from the statement above – and that’s everyone who’s running on a Windows PC.

Apparently Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming thingy is not available for Windows yet. Why did Apple pick that technology then? I don’t know, but a (weak) theory could be simply to limit the amount of viewers to start out with. I remember that the experiences from the last few live streaming events were not very good, the quality was low and it had a lot of buffering going on most of the time, at least if you were watching from Europe.

But we’ll see how it goes later. It begins at 10:00 am PDT, that’s 19:00 CET for some of us based in Europe.

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Sathish @ TechieMania September 2, 2010 at 08:49

19:00 CET. Are you from Europe? I thought you are from India.
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Klaus September 2, 2010 at 10:11

I am from Europe, yes. Why did you think I’m from India? 🙂
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[email protected] hard drive September 9, 2010 at 04:27

with a name like Klaus it is quite a strange asumption

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