Help me make an online TV channel for user-submitted content a reality.
February 2, 2011 5:36 AM Subscribe
Attempting to create an online "television" for a massive online course that would rotate through content created by the course participants. Similar idea to betamaxmas
but will probably include static visual content like Flickr feeds as well. Hoping to not have to build this completely from scratch but coming up blank on all searches. Read on for the dirty details
posted by genial to Technology (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The original idea was to use something like Livestream
to have an offline video rotation and then we could "go live" with Skype sessions and any other random broadcasting participants wanted to do. That's what we currently have on the site
. The site is on Wordpress with a basic embed. The video library Livestream offers is nice. But the huge problem is ads. We're uploading user content and allowing them to wrap it in ads and then dare to charge $350/month for the pleasure of removing them (and the ads are extremely intrusive, preroll, popover banner, the works). So now we're trying to think through a different approach.
Perhaps we keep Livestream around for the one-off live broadcast but what's more important is that the site be an experience where course participants can come "watch TV" and see original user-generated content. We don't necessarily have to host it if we can point to Vimeo and Youtube embeds, but it's the automatic rolling from one video to the next and building a library or database of all this content that has me stumped. It's a tough nut to crack and I'm open to any and all suggestions. The solution doesn't even necessarily have to be free, but shouldn't cost hundreds per month to maintain.