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Written by G C Duerden   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A recent decision to not stream video from the 2014 LDSTech Conference will change the way some people interact with the sessions of the conference. The decision was made to allow the limited bandwidth at the University of Utah LDS Institute building to be available for attendees’ use and not use a significant portion for streaming the conference.

At previous LDSTech conferences, attendees were warned that they might be knocked off the internet due to bandwidth issues (primarily from streaming). This year, most sessions will be...

available online within days after the conference for viewing via the video archive (those not available could be due to technical issues or other matters).

Both keynote speeches will be videoed, as well as sessions in both the East and West Chapels. Other sessions in the rest of the building will show the presentation slides along with the audio of the presenter. 

Registration has also slightly changed

Registration for the LDSTech 2014 conference is still open. The registration process has changed slightly. If you have registered but are not going to attend, please double-check your designation and make sure it shows that you do not intend to attend in person.

 

Comments  

 
# James Christopher Pope 2014-10-01 08:05
Headline threw me off right before General Conference. "Conference Sessions Recorded but Not Streamed". I had to click on it as that is the only way I watch General conference. Then I read LDS tech conference and feel much better.
 
 
# Michael Sherman Norris 2014-10-01 08:49
Me too I was shocked at first as we had plans to watch General Conference through the streaming method as we usually do now that we no longer have cable tv!
 
 
# Mario Hipol 2014-10-01 09:22
You may want to clarify this, as it has become a topic of discussion among peers who don't read emails in their entirety and are now spreading the word that General Conference will not be streamed.

Thinking the timing on this is the cause for concern.
 
 
# Jacob Hershberger 2014-10-01 09:29
I also agree a clarification on the title would be beneficial. I (like those above) also thought it was regarding this weekends General Conference. I had to read the article 2x in order to be certain it wasn't.
 
 
# Tim 金龙Λ̊™ Riker 2014-10-01 10:43
Thx for the feedback! Someone already edited the topic to show LDSTech Conference. Please spread the word that yes, General Conference will be available as it always has. :)
https://www.lds.org/general-conference
 
 
# Mike Taylor 2014-10-01 10:44
Quote:
The decision was made to allow the limited bandwidth at the University of Utah LDS Institute building to be available for attendees’ use


It's understandable, but it's interesting to note that only a few feet away at the university itself, it was one of the first four nodes of the original Internet, and today has an unspeakably large pipe of bandwidth, nearly impossible to saturate. Too bad you can't connect literally to the building next door to have one of the world's premier connections.
 
 
# Mike Taylor 2014-10-01 10:45
By the way, if you do QoS, you should be able to do a decent live stream even if there is very limited bandwidth and then replace with a higher quality stream later with minimal impact to other Internet users. I have written software that will do this automatically if you'd like to use it.

For example, we frequently do live video streams that are only 300kbps if you use a good compression protocol like H.264. I imagine the institute has got to have at least 10 mbps available (unlike the university which has orders of magnitude more than than). The 10 mbps would mean you could do 3,333 live streams simultaneously, or a few very easily, so have a hard time seeing why bandwidth is an issue.
 
 
# Tim 金龙Λ̊™ Riker 2014-10-01 10:51
Mike: thx for the feedback. The issue, as you might suspect, is that this building is not on the high speed campus network. There is work underway to improve things, but probably not in time for this year's LDSTech Conference.
 
 
# John Thomas Olmstead 2014-10-05 11:08
Quoting Mike Taylor:
By the way, if you do QoS, you should be able to do a decent live stream even if there is very limited bandwidth


This was my thoughts exactly. QOS is designed for exactly this scenario. Extend the software buffers and no one using TCP traffic should be getting "Knocked off" :-)

How well attended were the steams last time? Was that part of why they decided to hold off this year? I'm assuming post upgrade (next year?) the plan is to bring the stream back online?
 
 
# Steve Gudmundson 2014-10-01 11:03
You could possibly send one instance of the stream out to an external server/site and then have all the external watchers go to the external server/site to receive the stream. Only one instance of the stream would take up the institute building bandwidth. Software like Wowza Media Server can handle re-streaming streams in this manner.
 
 
# Ed Hammond 2014-10-01 12:51
Having the sessions recorded for playback later will help those of us that are far distant and not available during the conference hours.
 
 
# Cristian Alberto Zuñiga 2014-10-02 05:47
I´m the tech specialist of Neuquén Argentina Stake. In the past we used to reply the priesthood session early on sundays for missionaries that not allowed to attend 9 PM (we have 3 or 4 hours of difference). Last conference we couldn´t do that because priesthood session wasn´t available in the church site, will this announcement a confirmation that we will face the same problem?
 
 
# Trevor Marsh 2014-10-02 10:21
Christian, I'm not sure if you've discovered this yet, or been informed, but the "Conference" this article is talking about is the LDS Tech Conference going on this year in the middle of October (16th and 17th), not General Conference on the 4th and 5th. As far as I know (and by comments above), General Conference will still be streamed as it has been in the past.
 
 
# Cristian Alberto Zuñiga 2014-10-02 10:54
Whoops! Sorry, I´m a bit absent by these days. Well, where can I ask about the problem I mentioned before?
 
 
# Alan Smoot 2014-10-02 10:58
Quoting Trevor Marsh:
Christian, I'm not sure if you've discovered this yet, or been informed, but the "Conference" this article is talking about is the LDS Tech Conference going on this year in the middle of October (16th and 17th), not General Conference on the 4th and 5th. As far as I know (and by comments above), General Conference will still be streamed as it has been in the past.

Trevor is correct. The bandwidth at the U of U Institute, which is where the LDSTech Conference is held, is not big enough to allow for live streaming. We hope to have this solved in the future. But for this year, sessions will be recorded for viewing later but not streamed live.
 
 
# Tim 金龙Λ̊™ Riker 2014-10-03 09:45
General Conference stream link:

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/watch

Last year the Priesthood session was available for live streaming there. I have not seen any announcements about that being different for this conference, but I'm not finding any official confirmation.
 

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