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Live Streaming Video Sharing

Published 05/15/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Bambuser is a mobile sharing platform that helps individuals and businesses reach larger audiences. The application gives the user a quick way to share updates, breaking news and other developments with an audience all over the world. Users can broadcast live streaming video through numerous popular networks, including Facebook, WordPress, MySpace, Twitter, BlogSpot and RSS feeds. The application offers geo-location tagging as well as support for Symbian, Nokia Maemo, Windows Mobile, iPhone OS and Android devices. Users can also visit the Bambuser website to explore a collection of available broadcasts sorted by age, location or device. Users can also view videos listed under recently added, most viewed, crew picks, maps and highlighted tags.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Bambuser was founded in May of 2007 by Jonas Vig and Mayns Adler. The application is widely used by both professionals and individuals as a video sharing platform. Finnish broadcasting channel YLE began using Bambuser in 2010 as an alternative for online and news broadcasts. This placed more live coverage on YLE’s website. Bambuser was also listed as one of the finalists in the European Startup Awards in November of 2010. The service was also used by the Swedish Pirate Party to broadcast its five year anniversary celebration on January 1st, 2011.

What are the differences to other apps?

Bambuser has made a name for itself by offering a diverse, reliable way to broadcast live streaming video on the web. The service appeals to a wide range of users because it covers all the most popular networks, including Facebook, Twitter and WordPress. The application has included features like geo-location tagging that gives users more ways to share and find content that is relevant to them. Bambuser presents its users with a powerful way to broadcast live events and news as they happen while sharing with a large audience.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Bambuser has a nice, relaxed feel to it without losing touch with its professional possibilities. The service is used by many organizations and individuals, and the interface manages to cater to everyone. Bambuser is very clean with no clutter and plainly marked categories to help the user navigate. Anyone can easily explore Bambuser and learn how to find and share live broadcasts without spending an entire afternoon figuring out the interface.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can join the large Bambuser community by clicking the “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the page. The form on the following page asks for a username, email address, password and country. The user must also verify that they are at least 13 years of age by checking the box provided. The user is automatically signed in and can begin linking mobile devices and other accounts. A blue button is also provided to the left of the registration form for users who prefer to sign up with a Facebook account.

What does it cost to use the application?

Bambuser invites any casual user to sign up and broadcast for free. The website notes that the user’s operator might charge a fee for data transfers, but this is not related to the Bambuser service. Professional users can choose from three premium Bambuser subscriptions. The first is the Starter plan which costs €99 per month and includes one account, up to 250 viewing hours, no advertisements, extended statistics and the ability to modify the player. The Medium plan costs €199 per month and includes two accounts, up to 2,000 viewing hours, monetization options, API access, support and the option to un-list accounts. The Large plan costs €499 per month and includes five accounts and up to 6,500 viewing hours.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Bambuser is ideal for anyone who has live video they would like to broadcast. The application manages to appeal to both casual and professional users with its many features and account options. Casual users can sign up and broadcast personal streaming video for free. Professionals can access more features, customization options and support by choosing one of three premium paid memberships. The service has a lot of potential and has already serviced a number of well-known clients.

  • Share live streaming video to a large audience
  • Broadcast video content across popular networks, including Facebook and Twitter
  • Geo-tagging available to add more relevancy to videos
  • Wide range of video content can be viewed on the Bambuser website
  • Users and events can be browsed along with videos

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FREE - Permanently free version
Cheapest plan (per month) : €99.00
Most expensive plan (per month) : €499.00

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