After a lot of niggling problems with Spreecast, TELive is looking for a new home.
Spreecast has proved rather temperamental during our time with it, with people complaining of not being able to join events, the chat function not always allowing people to post comments and the live stream regularly crashing on certain browsers.
The lag experienced by different users has been such that sometimes when questions have been asked, one person has posted the answer before another person has even got to hear the question being asked.
So yesterday we tried a service called Vokle and it certainly seemed easy to use and operate, a lesson that Google might want to take on board with their fiendishly complicated Hangouts.
With Jon and on air at the same time it worked excellently, then when Matt and Russell joined in it still worked very well. I particularly liked the feature where people can quickly jump on camera live to ask a question and the fact that Facebook and Twitter can be used to sign into the service.
Now we need to see if we can embed the code for the live shows onto a webpage or splash page so that we can advertise them and let people know when we are live.
Obviously it is early days but Vokle seems to be a serious contender for the new home of TELive. The video quality was also very good and while we tried to see how many people we could have on camera at the same time, it got a bit out of control when we opened it up to 12 people.
While Jon said everything worked fine for him I was lost with the multiple audio streams as several people tried to speak at the same time. The service does not seem to come with a audio mixing panel to allow individual microphones to be muted and unmuted, but I think this would be totally necessary if there were many people on air at the same time.
Anyway let’s give it a go. Come and try out TELive on Vokle next week with us and let us know what you think of the service.