Webcasting: How The Sausage is Made

(Skip to the bottom if you really just want to know how the sausage is made)

Couch Tour returns!

This October we’re pleased to offer a slew of new opportunities to join us live from the comfort of your own living room, with or without pants.

The Front of House camera will be back in action for seven shows on the upcoming fall tour. Pristine sound board audio paired with a static HQ wide-cam video will ensure that your living room will be rockin’. Each show will be offered on an à la carte basis for $6.99 or bundle it with a umlive download and save $2. In addition, we’re trying out a new platform on our video player to improve the way UM fans connect and engage during the shows. Enhanced customized chat functionality, better social media integration, live fan polls, merch giveaways and more will all be part of the upgraded experience. We’re confident you’ll like the new digs.

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Curious to know a bit more about how the sausage is made?

Webcasting every show should be easy in 2013, right? You’d be amazed.

Solid, reliable internet connections are the single biggest obstacle we face when trying to bring you interruption free streams on a regular basis. The lack of quality bandwidth at most venues is staggering (think AOL dial-up speeds circa ’99). As a result, we are forced to get creative and Macgyver solutions when nothing obvious presents itself. We’ve grown tired of waiting for others to improve their broadband so we’re trying to take things into our own hands.

In the continuing tradition of UM experiments, we’ll be broadcasting this run using a portable, video-over-cellular backpack. In a nutshell, we’ll be bonding together cellular service from all major carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint etc.) and uploading our live stream from there. Will it be 100% perfect? Probably not. But we’re not going to let perfect be the enemy of the good on our quest to bring you more of what you want…HQ live webcasts. Thanks for joining us on the journey as we constantly strive to improve and expand all things UM. And as always, thanks for your continued support.

Pants off,
Kevin
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