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**Live Stream Sites ~ Ustream** - 04-05-2010, 06:51 PM

Many of you will remember the AZ Billiard's Stream List thread entitled "Live Stream Sites - Update" I created back on 12/29/08. You may also recall that I was "called away" for some time overseas and have noticed that it has remained dormant since (the last post being 07/26/09 by my friend and yours Barry Doc).

Well, I had lots of catching up to do both on the home front and with my businesses so it was pretty low on my priority list. Once I did get to it, I noticed the pool streaming world had "blown up" so to speak--which is a good thing. Most of them were using ustream so I decided to concentrate my efforts there and I'm glad I did because the Dashboard and Community features thereat cut right to the chase. I spent seemingly countless hours, strike that --> days -- gathering the sites. If you follow what I'm about to post here you will have those sites in just a matter of minutes and be able to see what is streaming by clicking on just one tab .

A few things I wish to point out before proceeding. Many of these streamers use ustream to broadcast but have their own sites. Please show your support by viewing at those sites. Always check the front page of AZ under "Streamer Central" before going to ustream for those streaming elsewhere or are on PPV. Here we go:

1. If you are a member of ustream, proceed to #2. If not, go here and "Sign Up" in the upper right hand corner. It is recommended you use your AZ username for instant recognition as most viewers and broadcasters are themselves part of the family.

2. Go here and click all the blue icons you desire to follow until they read "Stop Following". In so doing, you will notice that some of those on the list do not broadcast. They are on the list because they are very active viewers of pool live streaming and, by following them, their activity will appear in the "Feed Manage" portion of your "Dashboard" (See Paragraph 4a below). I have gotten many new links therefrom; therefore, I recommend you add them as well and continue adding others that you feel are active enough to warrant you following them. There are 18 pages of them but it will only take a few minutes.

3. Once that is done, go to the top center of the page and click "Dashboard". If anyone is streaming they will appear under "Live Shows I'm Following". Bookmark this page. I cannot overemphasize how much of a time saver it is. It allows you to quickly scroll through what is being streamed without continuously searching ustream, going in and out of links, or PMing people/creating threads asking if something is being streamed or where such and such a link is.

4. Become very familiar with the functions on the Dashboard page--you'll come to love it.
a. Just below the Dashboard feeds and to the left you will see "Feeds Manage". This will tell you what activity has taken place that was not recorded that may be of interest to you.

b. To the right of "Feeds Manage" you will see "Upcoming Manage". For some unknown reason, most pool broadcasters do not religiously announce upcoming events which would appear here. It's worth a quick glance though as one never knows in regards to this one.

c. Lastly, just below "Upcoming Manage" is "Recorded Recently". The name says it all. This is a great feature as it only contains those you are following. You can quickly find all the recent recordings you missed or want to see again without having to go to a bunch of links to find them. This, in conjunction with the Dashboard (Paragraph 3 above), really make this page into what I call Streaming Central = one page with all the action.
Another way to gather more links: Occasionally, when at a stream, I will left click on a username I know to be a proponent of pool streaming, go into their profile, and click the "following" number (located directly under their avatar as shown below) to see if something new can be added in the same manner as done here. I have gotten quite a few sites that way.

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Visit as many streams as possible and show your support. We love to watch, they need the hits to garnish ustream pop-up monies, and the sponsors need their products out there as much as possible. While there, it wouldn't hurt to do a little recruiting of more folks to join our domain--AZBilliards.

The streams are getting better and better and are making a positive statement right now -- something our sport has lacked for a long, long time. I see live streaming as an excellent avenue to bring more people into our sport. I hope you feel the same.


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04-05-2010, 07:32 PM

I have built a new page myself if yo would like to check it out.
http://thebilliardslounge.com/Livestream.html
Also let me know what others I can put on my page as well, I am still building more and more everyday, I would love to have all I can there on one page for everyone to go and pick a channel to watch. Thank!

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I have built a new page myself if yo would like to check it out.
http://thebilliardslounge.com/Livestream.html
Also let me know what others I can put on my page as well, I am still building more and more everyday, I would love to have all I can there on one page for everyone to go and pick a channel to watch. Thank!
Nice looking site Bdr --just click on the link in Paragraph 2 above -- 18 pages worth my friend. Help yourself! I had the wrong link in there but it's fixed now!


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04-05-2010, 08:16 PM

i would add rep to u mister bob but i have to spread more rep to others so good job an keep doin what u doing kind sir

if yall get a chance send some Green rep to cmbwsu

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i would add rep to u mister bob but i have to spread more rep to others so good job an keep doin what u doing kind sir

if yall get a chance send some Green rep to cmbwsu
I could use a fresh stack of Franklins -- about 10' high, new, and in sequence please. Thanks.


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I have added some things to Paragraph 2 and included an illustration.


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i would like to say thanks this is really great im sure everyone will use this.
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i would like to say thanks this is really great im sure everyone will use this.
green to you sir
YVW. Very kind of you to say so; but, I doubt that "everyone" will use this -- one can only hope though. The more activity at the live streams the more attention that is brought to our sport which has been the driving force for me.

It is folks like you and the rest of our AZ family that need to "gettnthere" and support the streams and their respective sponsors in order to keep this going. I don't think there has been a significant stream where AZ has not been mentioned therein in one way or another and that's gotta be a good thing as well. If my efforts the last few years has brought just one person to the world of felt and to become a member of AZ I feel it has been worth it.

Based on your reply, I know we'll see each other in the chats -- I look forward to that.

Thanks for your post!


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hehe ^_^ if i had it sure
After you snap off at White Diamonds --- hook a brotha up (j/k).


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np bob :P will do my best i been hittng them real well since after new orleans tournament
  
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04-12-2010, 01:56 AM

It will only take a few minutes for you to obtain what it took me months and months to accumulate. I promise you, if you follow the instructions in my first post your live streaming enjoyment will drastically increase and your search for "what is live" will simply be a click of one tab--your ustream dashboard!


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04-13-2010, 04:27 PM

If you don't want to click on all the aforementioned links (or just don't have the time right now and want to do it later), just bookmark my "followeds" and click on "Steaming Users First". Those that are live streaming at the time will appear at the top of the list and be marked as (LIVE) like this:

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My strongest recommendation is: Follow the instructions on Post #1 as you will be able to "view" what is being streamed and determine which you want to watch much more readily! You will also be able to see what you missed (under "Feed Manage") and what has been recorded (under "Recorded Recently").


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New Live Stream Starts Tomorrow - 04-16-2010, 09:34 PM

Melissa Herndon started this thread announcing the Kick-Off event of the Tiger So Cal Ladies 9-Ball Tour (SCL9T) this weekend (April 17-18) at Mr. Pockets in Manhattan Beach, CA.: http://forums.azbilliards.com/showthread.php?t=183819

The link has been added to my "Followeds". And the list just gets bigger and bigger!

Thanks Melissa!


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04-18-2010, 07:09 AM

With Bob's support, I've slightly edited his original post here and added it to PoolVids.com. I've also added a Step 5, which links to a quick YouTube video on how to connect your laptop to your flat-panel TV (video link). I actually do this a bit differently in my home, but haven't written up the process just yet. This video gives good basics in 3 minutes.

Personally, I use an older netbook connected via VGA to my TV (so it permanently sits next to my TV) and I use my "regular" laptop to SSH into the netbook so I can control viewing from the couch. More and more laptops are HDMI-equipped (actually I have onee and need to experiment with this) so you might want to consider your options here - it is a nice treat to watch live pool on your big TV (the way it should be!) :-)


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