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Purpose of this Forum - 12-02-2008, 06:23 PM

Live streaming of pool events is gaining in popularity and AZB wishes to provide a clearing-house for all streamers. While our exact format is not yet finalized, we will have a place on AZB where all pool fans can go to to check out the upcoming live streams from all streamers, both free and PPV. Among the goals we would like to accomplish are:

1) If you are a streamer, whether you are a regional tour, a pro group, or a league that streams events, please send us your streaming schedule as often as you can. Include the name of your stream (TAR, ProPoolVideo, AZBTV, On the Rail, etc) and a link to where fans can go view your stuff. The more info you can send us, the better. We will come up with a format (on the forums and on the main site) where fans can see what events are being streamed and we will publish your match schedules, etc. Please remember to tell us what time zone your broadcast will be originating from. Of course, there is no charge for this service. Send your info to: Jerry@azbilliards.com

2) Streaming is still in the very early stages of development and there are many problems. Streamers should use this forum to talk about the problems they may be having with jerky video, sound, camera switching, etc. and others who have already solved these problems should share their workarounds. The goal is for everyone to present the best possible product.

3) Even free streamers need income. We will push advertisers to pick the streamers whose work they like best and then to send us a list of those whom they wish to advertise with. If, for instance, a table company and a cue company wish to advertise with four different streams in a given month we will negotiate a fair price for this, collect the money from the advertisers, and disburse those funds to the different streamers. We will take a small percentage (at this point we think it will be around 5-8%) for our bookkeeping trouble and distribute the rest of the funds evenly among the streamers. We cannot base this distribution upon viewership or give more to one stream than another (unless the advertiser tells us to and how to do so as this could become a time-sucking nightmare).

4) And we need your ideas! Tell us how you feel we can make streaming more popular and give us whatever creative input you have. Our basic goal is to be the "TV Guide" of pool streaming, but this could morph into whatever the marketplace desires.

Let's paddle on down the streams!
  
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