“Wow, just Wow.” I keep telling myself as I watch the French band Phoenix performing live at the Coachella Music Festival on a channel created specific to stream the entire weekend. As a matter of fact, Coachella worked with YouTube creating THREE channels! Streaming live performance of nearly 75 artist through 3 days. Such acts include the aforementioned Phoenix, Blur, Teagan and Sara, Ginderman, Spiritulaized, Vampire Weekend, Franz Ferdinand, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and the first performance in some years of The Postal Service.
Being overseas with quality internet access is sometimes hit or miss, however in Thailand (Chiang Rai currently) I’ve had it pretty good, with good speed internet in most of my rooms. If not, I can walk to an internet cafe to connect. But this doesn’t mean I can view all streams or even re-broadcasts of performance, sporting events or quality televisions shows from the United States. I’d say one quarter of programming I’d like to catch up on when I have time is either blocked or unavailable. And no it’s not the Thai communications that are blocking it – it’s the states. Take for instant The 2013 NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament…not one game, not even the Championship game was streamed live for those OUTSIDE the US. Maybe there is not a total world interest in this (although I have to imagine that is changing) but surely there are servicemen, overseas workers, travelers or just the random other 6.7 billion person interested in watching online. Poor move on the NCAA’s part but then again there a number of other shortcomings I could bring up (like NCAA making millions upon millions of dollars on students who basically play for free)…I digress.
This is where Coachella 2013 and Youtube got it right. They are streaming the event in a number of qualities included HD 720p and 1080p. My connection is good but not stellar so I have to “settle” for a seamless 720p full screen on my laptop. Still outstanding. If you have an internet connection and your own country is not blocking the stream or YouTube (which most are not) you get to see the WHOLE weekend. Whatever band at their specified time, and of course the recording AFTER the live performance. Truly an WORLDLY event. And why Joup believes is a Worldly Jump.
Joe Grzesik (JGrez) is an artist developer focusing online on front end development and keeping up with new techonolgies. Photography has been his most recent and strongest passion. He’s shot thousands of photos throughout the years only recently display a larger portion of his library here on Joup.