The Stockholm Webcast
On 25th June 1998 the Vice Chancellor of the Open University, Sir John Daniel, gave a web presentation to an international audience of University Administrators who were meeting in Stockholm to discuss the nature of the University of the Future. The presentation was given using a video-conference model (with the speaker talking direct to camera, to a limited audience) but using the KMi Stadium architecture. The Audio/Video was broadcast one-way (free into the internet) and picked up by a web client in the Stockholm auditorium.
Live questions were posted via an instant text chat and responded to through the broadcast, however for the replay this has been replaced by an email interface. Another change to the interface (from live) is the addition of three new (slide) anchors to represent the questions posed. The replay will negotiate bandwith up to about 80 Kbps whereas the live event was targeted at a 56 Kbps line (so it turned out at about 45 Kbps). So to get a realistic feel for live performance high bandwith network users will need to adjust their Real plug-in preferences down to this value.