Livestation, the new video streaming service that features Silverlight technology, has begun its invite-only beta this past week by sending out invites to those who signed up for on the Livestation web site.
With Livestation, you can watch a range of live radio and television channels on your computer if you have a broadband connection, with no need to install a tuner, aerial, or any additional hardware. Unlike other Video-On-Demand services, Livestation delivers live broadcast channels, so you can watch news, sports or live events as they happen.
After downloading and installing the software, you sign in with your username and password in order to launch the player. By default, the player stays on top of your other windows, making it easy to keep watching while doing other things on your computer. While you are listening or watching, Livestation shares some of the stream with other users. This allows Livestation to serve a very large number of simultaneous users - even millions - without running into limitations of other streaming services.
Right now the selection of channels on LiveStation is somewhat limited. LiveStation offers you channels based on where you live. For example, U.S. users can access BBC World Service and Channel 4 radio streams, Al-Jazeera in English, and France 24, making LiveStation a must-have for any news junkies out there.
Currently Livestation is available for Windows XP and Vista only.