Directing you to the stream

I have been troubleshooting problems that might arise during the live stream of my performance. I have read that ustream.TV make there money by intermittently broadcasting advertising during the streamed event. It is really important that this doesn't happen within my performance, which means that I will have to pay for a package. This is the only way I can ensure that advertising doesn't interfere with my live stream. How much information do the audience need to understand the context around the work? Is it important? I can send out a press release prior to the event, however I have to consider that the audience may just watch with no knowledge at all of the work. At university I can imagine that the students would appreciate hearing about how I made the piece. However I do prefer not to overly explain, allowing people to make up their own minds about the performance.

During the live stream I can also write comments, a bit like twitter and viewers can comment on what they are viewing in real time. Using the comments section could be a nice way to informally talk about the work. However if people want to join in commenting on the event they need to already be logged into ustream to be able to participate fully. I envisage a large projection in the lecture theatre with my live performance streamed. Should the work be an independent piece or part of a series of talks/performances in the lecture theatre? The live link would have to be tested well in advance and I think I need to do more research on how to advertise/promote a live feed. I watched a live, streamed lecture at Lancaster University that also had a live twitter feed. I have emailed the University of Salford today to enquire if they have streamed live talks online to see if I can get advice and support with my event.

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