So you can’t wait for all of the drama, snow, and Russian delight of the Sochi Games? Same here. Don’t exactly want to catch all the excitement whenever your TV dictates? We know the feeling. There’s an option this year to watch the competition live online.
In the US, NBC is broadcasting every single event online. However, you need to have a cable or satellite subscription to access with one of NBC’s partners (Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Direct TV, Dish, AT&T U-verse, among many others), but once logged in, you can set up Replay Video Capture to record video directly to your hard disk. Simple, huh?
There are a couple other options if you are not in the US of A. Mainly, BBC and CBC, which are also streaming the Games for those with an IP address in the UK or Canada.
It’s like spandex to ice skating, skis to downhill moguls, erm… weird bathrooms to Sochi accommodations? Basically, Replay Video Capture is the perfect partner for your 2014 Olympic viewing needs online.
If you don’t have Replay Video Capture yet, download the free version here and get out your country’s flag for all of the international winter sports your heart desires.
Capturing CNN Live Online
While I am at work I can’t watch TV – but that doesn’t mean I want to miss live coverage of major events as they unfold. Thanks to live streaming news sites like CNN – and our professional quality screen recorder Replay Video Capture – I don’t have to.
I had CNN streaming live on my Windows 8 desktop and Replay Video Capture, our super easy screen recorder, was capturing all the coverage as it happened. Later today, when my work is done 🙂 I’ll be able to watch the news as it happened. Which is how I like it.
The image above is from my recorded video from earlier today – look at that gorgeous quality. That’s Replay Video Capture! Don’t miss another live event as it happens. Replay Video Capture is the prefect screen recorder for capturing all live streams – and any other streams you can’t download like webinars, encrypted sites, video chats, etc. Enjoy.
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards
As most of you know last Sunday, February 10th, was the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. And conveniently for many it streamed live online on a variety of sites:
just to name a few.
And as many of you also know, Replay Video Capture, our professional quality screen capture program, can capture live streams beautifully. It would have been the perfect program to use to capture the 55th Annual Grammy Awards particularly since Replay Video Capture has a scheduler. It’s easy to set up Replay Video Capture to record a live stream at a particular time.
But I didn’t do that.
Monday I went online to find a site that was re-broadcasting the Grammy’s. I thought for sure CBS.com would be. But no.
No one is.
The Grammy’s aren’t online anywhere that I can see. I even wrote the Grammy’s to find out where I could get a copy of the broadcast. I still haven’t heard back.
The moral of this little tale – capture what you can when you can because tomorrow it just might not be there.
So Google just announced their Google TV. It’s not like this is a surprise, and it’s nothing really revolutionary. It’s essentially a Windows Media Center combined with the ability to play YouTube-like on-demand clips on your TV.
From our perspective, we saw this coming for a long time. We used to advertise heavily on Google Adwords, until one day the criterion for advertisers magically changed and we were blacklisted. Now, you can’t run any Google ad that links to Applian.com. Even our corporate credit cards have been banned. Why did this happen? It’s very likely that Google has been negotiating content relationships with the big studios, who HATE anything having to do with recording media.
If Google could show these big guys that they too hated recording, it would help smooth the way towards getting these deals signed. Curiously, some of our competitors still advertise on “record streaming media” and other similar searches.
Legally, Google has the right to refuse to run any ads they deem unfit. However, if they are blacklisting specific advertisers to protect another part of their business, then it’s my understanding that this practice is illegal. Any IP lawyers out there want to chime in?
Despite Google’s efforts, our business is thriving, as we have many different ways of recording streaming videos through our Replay Capture Suite – all of them legal. Our Replay Video Capture will always be able to record Google TV legally, no matter what kind of copy protection scheme they put on top of it.
Technology often moves faster than the news! Here’s an example:
We were featured in an article done by Reuters on September 26, mentioning how Replay Media Catcher was able to download movies from Amazon’s new VOD (Video on Demand) service.
Apparently, Amazon was asked for comment, and shortly before the article hit the wires, they had updated their system, making Replay Media Catcher (for now anyway) unable to record. Other aspects in the article are still valid though, but Amazon was a particularly big part of the story.
Nevertheless, there are other ways to record from Amazon — we recommend WM Capture. As this is a real-time high-quality recorder that works by capturing videos directly off of your PC’s screen, there’s no way it can be blocked.
The other interesting thing is how the story got going in the first place, which we’re still trying to figure out. Stay tuned!
Alex has looked into more of the technical details behind how NBC is streaming the Olympics, and has made an interesting discovery. Apparently the stream formats are different for live streams vs. pre-recorded streams. This means that you can make digital recordings of live events, and record from the screen for “rewind” or cached events. Below is his technical summary.
The Silverlight NBC Olympics server uses Windows Media Player for live streams and VP7 for prerecorded videos. VP7 is the format used by web sites like abc.com or fox.com and can provide very high quality (lossless) video compression including HD. The problem with this format is that it cannot be reliably streamed for longer periods of time like the live broadcasts. The math used to compress the video and the audio does not allow recovery when packets are lost which results in out of sync audio. Currently Windows Media Player is the only format that can do this. The live stream Olympics can be recorded with WM Recorder or Replay Media Catcher but the prerecorded clips can only be recorded with WM Capture.
This year NBC has teamed up with Microsoft (MSFT) to provide a wealth of Olympics footage at NBCOlympics.com. If you’re really into specific events that aren’t shown over your broadcast TV station, then you can likely watch them online. Very cool.
The Microsoft contribution is via the Silverlight video player, which you must install in order to watch video. Few video providers use Silverlight, which is why there are no programs (yet) that can record those feeds via stream capture.
If you’re looking to record some of these events and save them forever, the best program to use is WM Capture. This on-screen recorder makes great quality videos from the Olympic feeds.
To burn these recordings to DVD, try the new Replay Converter 3.0, which is currently in beta. You can also make iPod format videos, or AVI files to import them into your favorite video editor.
Oh yeah – Go Team USA!
UPDATE: I noticed that you need to enter a zip code and your Cable provider to watch some online feeds. Try 94118 and ComCast Digital if you’re disallowed access.