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Is there a way to watch streamed live video of Apple press event on the internet?
January 26, 2010 7:46 AM   Subscribe

Is there a way to watch streamed live video of Apple press event on the internet?
posted by omaralarifi to Technology (14 answers total)
 
Probably not video, but Engadget is promising live coverage here.
posted by Artw at 7:52 AM on January 26, 2010


Apple does not live video stream their events. They stopped doing that many years ago with Jobs' keynote at MacWorld.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:54 AM on January 26, 2010


They might allow a ustream of the event tomorrow, but in the past there have only been live bloggings of press events, with the official Apple video of the event released later in the day. The live bloggings are pretty extensive, though, with self-refreshing updates and pictures. I'd also expect a live video stream to crash pretty quickly, as the text live bloggings sometimes strain under the pressure, and tomorrow's event is pretty hyped. Check gizmodo and engadget to get the dedicated live blog event URL. I'm sure there are others.
posted by sharkfu at 7:54 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Although there are no official streams, you can often find people streaming it unofficially through their webcams/jailbroken iPhones; you can find these streams by searching Twitter before/during the event. I watched the entire 3GS keynote this way.
posted by helios at 9:06 AM on January 26, 2010


The MacWorld live-blogging is usually good, too -- for Keynotes I switch between them (http://www.macworld.com), Ars Technica (http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/01/tablet-live-event-liveblog.ars), and sometimes Engadget. MacNN's live coverage used to be good, but I haven't watched them in a few years.
posted by wenestvedt at 9:12 AM on January 26, 2010


There's almost certainly going to be 3 or 4 deleted threads and then an "official" one that will stick that day, so you could just stay tuned to MeFi.
posted by Artw at 9:14 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also at some point during the Event some Ustream or Qik live stream in very bad quality usually surfaces in the usual channels.
You should be watching twitter #Apple, which will be a LOT of Noise, or you could filter for "#apple livestream" which will still be a lot of noise, but more bearable.

I usually don't bother with the poor quality stream. My perfect setup is as follows:
5 Tabs: Engadget live, Gizmodo live, gdgt live (was very good last time), arstechnica if the do live coverage, Twitter: #apple #keynote
Audio: switching between the iphoneblog.de/Bits und So audio stream and the geekbrief stream by Cali Lewis.
Chat: at least one of the above Podcasts/Blogs Chatroom
Also: Pizza

I have come to enjoy this method very much, It's almost better to when there where still Live streams of Keynotes.

The Full Video of the Event will be available later that Evening for streaming on the Apple Website.

You could of course go to the movies during the event, and pretend that it's happening 4 hours later and just watch the official stream then.
I've been meaning to do that, but couldn't resist for the last few times. I might try it this time.
posted by kall at 9:18 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yes, it will be interesting to see what happens with this event. My guess is that you'll have several people trying to live stream video using Qik or Ustream. This is the first major Apple event since we've had these resources available over 3G connections.

Other than that there are usually some live audio-only streams floating around on the various streaming sites (Stickam, Tinychat, etc.), and of course the endless number of liveblogs.

I do like kall's suggestion about pretending it's not happening and then watching the QuickTime when it gets posted later to Apple's site. I have a friend who does this and swears by it, but I can never muster up the patience to wait. Plus I'm not sure how he even gets to the QuickTime without spoiling himself first, considering whatever they announce will almost certainly be featured on the apple.com front page.
posted by joshrholloway at 11:01 AM on January 26, 2010


I'm thinking of going to the Temple (aka the 5th Ave Apple Store) since I just happen to be in NYC; wondering if they'll play the QT stream in the theatre at the SoHo store and if I should go there instead?
posted by m1ndsurfer at 11:36 AM on January 26, 2010


m1ndsurfer: If you're talking about a stream of the event live as it happens, no.
posted by joshrholloway at 12:55 PM on January 26, 2010


m1ndsurfer: as josh said, they do not do that anymore, which is a real shame. In the early days of the apple store, circa ~5 years ago, they used to stream the macworld keynotes in the stores and it was a really fun experience. There's nothing like a crowd of 40 nerds oohing and ahhhing over the New Shiny Thing. One year I even remember that Jobs announced the 14" iBook and immediately after the keynote the Apple store manager announced that they just got a call that a delivery truck was arriving with the first shipment of 20 of them, available to buy immediately.
posted by hihowareyou at 5:53 PM on January 26, 2010


joshrholloway: "I do like kall's suggestion about pretending it's not happening and then watching the QuickTime when it gets posted later to Apple's site. I have a friend who does this and swears by it, but I can never muster up the patience to wait. Plus I'm not sure how he even gets to the QuickTime without spoiling himself first, considering whatever they announce will almost certainly be featured on the apple.com front page."

No guarantee, but supposedly this is the direct link to where the keynote will appear. Not exactly sure when. I believe last time it was 2-3 hours after the end of the keynote.
posted by sharkfu at 8:16 PM on January 26, 2010


From working at an Apple store during a live event or Keynote, I can tell you that they (usually) are doing the exact same thing as everyone else--reading the liveblogs and checking the all the feeds they can find.
posted by sleeping bear at 9:42 PM on January 26, 2010


Yeah, meant that I was wondering if they'd play the presentation in the SoHo theatre after it was posted to the web.
posted by m1ndsurfer at 9:37 AM on January 27, 2010


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