The last minute audio coverage from St Lucia last month was great, and very much appreciated. Apparently, given more lead time to set things up, it may have been possible to have a live video stream as well. There's a week to go before the game in St Kitts. Anyone hear anything about audio or hopefully video streaming arrangements by CSA / Sportsnet? (no expectations of "broadcast" quality, I'm sure everyone here would be happy with "family vacation handheld" video quality :-)
It won't be on Sportsnet TV, though they are sending John Molinaro down to cover it.
I saw something on twitter from one of the guys at CSA or SN who set up the audio from St Lucia indicating that video might have been do-able given a day or so more lead time. This was just prior to the audio stream, I just wish i could remember who 'tweeted' it.
IIRC, the available bandwidth turned out to be better than we had been led to believe by the locals beforehand.
I'm hoping that this time around we might pull it off with a bit more lead time.
How much bandwidth does a webcam requires over the internet?
"Charmaine Hooper... the best player ever"
lol - not much. That's the thing. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. I don't need fancy camera work etc. If someone set up a stationary camera with a view of the entire field, and streamed video through that, along with audio similar to last time in St Lucia, I'd be happier than if I'd won an all expense dinner at Phillip's Bakery.
8-1 And We're Still Here
Seems like a good time for me to chime in with the latest.
Here's what we know:
- Sportsnet are hard-at-work working with 'Lime' the telecoms company down there to get a 'broadband' line installed in the stadium
- Based on reports at this time, we believe that the stadium in St. Kitts is in even worse shape than the one in St. Lucia in terms of being able to support this kind of line
- Sportsnet are sending a camera man, as well as Gerry Dobson and John Molinaro. If the line is capable of supporting a video stream, they will do so and they will also call the game
- If they don't feel that the line can support a video stream, Gavin and I would step in again to do an audio broadcast
- Failing that, we will be restricted to tweeting off of our blackberries and mobile phones...
Just as an FYI: the reason we opted for audio last time was simply because it was the only service we could provide without worrying about things cutting in and out.
As you guys know, even in high-quality broadband areas you can still have trouble with Skype, live streams and other streaming video. When you are working down there with patchy internet infrastructure across the board, you need quite a high quality line for something reliable.
Will keep you guys in the loop as we learn more. We will likely pay our first visit to the stadium in Thursday.
Awesome. Thanks for the update Max. Here's to hoping everything works out with Lime. Put a broadband connection in the stadium and drink it all up.
8-1 And We're Still Here
Sportsnet has gotten a lot of criticism here in the past, often justifiably, about lack of effort in broadcasting matches. I have to give them a lot of credit though for the amount of effort they are making in trying to get some sort of broadcast of this game. I doubt they will come anywhere near recouping their expenses for this so I appreciate the effort.