Over the last couple years, Spreecast’s content creators have found innovative ways to use our interactive feature set to build genuine communities of viewers. Whether it be imparting valuable business wisdom, providing moral support or recapping last night’s game, there’s no doubt that Spreecasters have fostered unforgettable and valuable experiences for their audiences.
Today, we’re excited to announce Spreecast Donations, a new feature that will allow viewers to show their appreciation and give back, in real-time, to their favorite Spreecast content creators. On the Spreecast event page, before, during or after an event, viewers will now see a “Donate” button below the title. By clicking on that, viewers can send a dollar amount of their choice along with a personalized thank you message to content creators.
Donations made during live Spreecasts will be displayed prominently on the page, along with the accompanying note, as they occur. If a viewer makes a donation before or after the event, the content creator will receive an email with the message to make sure they feel the love!
If you’re a content creator interested in giving the Donations feature a try, check out our Help Center for some more information on how it will work or shoot us an email and we’d be happy to help get you setup!
Anyone who has been part of a live spreecast knows how vibrant the experience can be with our platform’s rich, genuine interactivity. As a team, we’ve been thinking hard about ways that we can bring some of that engagement to archived spreecasts and make it a more digestible user experience. Our new highlights feature does just that allowing viewers to seamlessly jump between key moments in a spreecast. So, for example, if you were on camera with Tony Robbins, you’d be able to skip right to the moment where you were brought on camera and even share that with your friends!
For archived spreecasts, you’ll now notice a new area below the video player that lists the event’s highlights. These moments are automatically curated based on certain actions that occur during a spreecast including people coming on camera, questions being asked or external media being put on screen. Event creators and producers will still have the ability to create clips, which will appear as highlights. For those of you who have already created clips, don’t worry we’re automatically porting those over into the highlight format!
You can read some more on the highlights feature in our Help Center, but feel free to shoot us an email at email@example.com if you have any questions!
The Spreecast engineering team has been hard at work over the last six months building a number of improvements aimed at optimizing the experience for both content creators and viewers. One of the largest ongoing projects has been a full revamp of our audio and video infrastructure, which we recently completed. We’ll try not to dive too deep into the technical details but the upgrades include:
- Resolution: We’ve upgraded from 320×240 to 640×480, improving the video resolution for both viewers and broadcasters.
- Variable Bit Rate Encoding: For broadcasters, we now dynamically adjust bit rate, or the amount of data being sent, based on your network connectivity providing the best possible reliability and audio/video quality that your setup can handle.
- Low Bandwidth Mode: For broadcasters with very weak connections, we allow the quality to auto-switch to a lower resolution.
- Improved video and image appearance: Viewers should notice smoother image quality due to improvements in our display algorithms.
- Improved Archive Quality: Archived spreecasts are now optimized to display even better quality than the live experience.
- “Single stream” Viewer Experience: This decouples viewer bandwidth from broadcaster bandwidth allowing us to maximize broadcaster quality without overwhelming the network for live viewers.
We are now setting our sights on optimization of the user experience and some really exciting new features. Is there a feature you’d like to see? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Spreecast grows, it is rewarding to see genuine communities develop across a range of topics. With that in mind, we’re excited to announce our friends feature to help Spreecast viewers better connect with each other and content creators build relationships with their audience. Read more
As you may have noticed over the last month, we’ve been steadily working on taking user feedback to heart and building new features. We are also using your input to think about ways we can continue maximizing what we offer in our paid plans.
We are excited to announce that starting today, our Bronze plan comes with 2,000 minutes of ad-free viewing and the Silver plan comes with 15,000 minutes of ad-free viewing. You can learn more about our paid plans here.
As always, if you have any questions at all, feel free to shoot us an email at email@example.com.