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Webcasting

Webcasting the term that is used for live streaming of your event to the rest of the campus or beyond. Any format can be used for a webcast, but the most popular are Real Video, Windows Media and Flash.

Find out more about webcastnow

Things to considering when thinking about a webcast are:

  • The size of your audience (both local and who you want to be able to see your event outside of the room.)
  • Who is your audience? Are they on campus with a high-speed connection, or in a foreign country with a low-data (i.e., phone dial up) connection.
  • How many options would you like to present?
  • Where is your event on campus, and have you contacted our production group to record it for you? Do you need assistance from Audio/Visual?
  • Do you have a website that you would like to post the link for your audience? Do you or someone in your department have administrative rights to post the link?
  • Will your event be on the MIT homepage? If so, the size of your audience may be affected by this. You may need to plan accordingly.

When your webcast is over, you will receive an on demand streaming video link for people who weren't able to watch it live.

Here are some examples of our rates. Please contact us for your specific event for pricing.

A single stream would be one mode of delivery (such as Real Media or Flash) Two or more streams would be independent webcasts on different formats (such as a Real Video 350 and a Flash Media 200, etc.)

Prices are estimated based on the number of potential viewers and concurrent streams. For large webcasts of three or more streams, please contact Webcasts for special rates.

  1 stream
under 50 viewers
2 streams
under 50 viewers
1 stream
50-200
2 streams
50-200
60 Minutes $195.00 $330.00 $375.00 $675.00
90 minutes $275.00 $460.00 $537.50 $962.50
120 Minutes $355.00 $590.00 $700.00 $1,250.00
240 Minutes $675.00 $1,110.00 $1,350.00 $2,400.00
480 Minutes $1,350.00 $2,150.00 $2,650.00 $4,700.00

Please note that cost includes posting of the archived event after the fact for on demand viewing with 6 months of hosting. These links are available within 24 hours of the conclusion of your event.

Hosting
Longterm (post 6 mos) TBD

webcastnow

webcastnow is MIT's rapid-deployment solution for live webcasting. This solution reduces the number of planning steps and decisions needed to get a live event out on the web: webcast events have gone from decision to live broadcast in a matter of hours. Based on the ubiquitous Flash video format, webcastnow events are viewable on the broadest range of computing devices in current use.

To watch a webcastnow live event, simply direct your viewers to http://web.mit.edu/webcastnow and tell them to watch either channel 1 (for 4:3 standard TV viewing format) or channel 2 (for 16:9 widescreen events.)

  • Capacity: Up to 300 concurrent high-bandwidth (384kbps) connections are supported.
  • Video appearance: New streaming technology and codecs allow for higher quality webcasts in either a standard 4:3 or widescreen 16:9 viewing window.  
  • Duration:  The base duration of a webcastnow event is one hour. By prior agreement, the event can be extended to a total of three hours.
  • Viewing requirements: Computers connecting to webcastnow video need to have Flash player version 10 or later. There are versions for most browsers on most operating systems.
  • Requirements: webcastnow live broadcasting requires that video and audio signals are conveyed to AMPS encoders. Please contact AMPS for supported locations and alternative signal delivery solutions.
  • Archiving of the video: A high-quality WindowsMedia archive file is created during the event. While not suitable for on-demand viewing, the file may be reprocessed to provide an on-demand video. There is an additional cost for this service should you want on-demand viewing of your event.
  • How webcastnow differs from AMPS standard webcasting service: This service is restricted Flash video, and is transmitted at only one data rate.  AMPS standard webcast services provide a wider range of options, including formats like RealMedia or WindowsMedia and on-demand archive files are included at no additional charge in the AMPS standard webcast process.  Additionally, assistance is provided to integrate links and video players in your own website.
  • Cost of webcastnow:  $150 for the first hour, $100/hr for each additional hour with a maximum length of 3 hours in duration. 

Want to book a webcastnow event?  Email: webcast@mit.edu