Webcast 2017

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  • Getting Started for iPad, iPhone, Android
    • click on the following link:R12Webcast
    • "SAI Region 12 Webcast" should appear at the top of the screen
    • click the play symbol (looks similar to this:videoiconph Wink  
  • Getting Started for Laptop / Desktop
    • click on the following link: R12Webcast
    • R12 Wowza Player should appear at the top of the screen
    • click the play symbol (looks similar to this:videoiconph)
  • Having Trouble?
    • Error Message "Stream Unavailable" - the webcast may not have started yet or may be temporarily unavailable
    • My stream is choppy or buffers:
      • Try clearing your browser’s cache. If you don’t know how, google “clear cache Firefox” (or whichever browser you’re using) for instructions
      • Try accessing the website via a different browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome)
      • Try a different device (iPad, iPhone, Android, Laptop, Desktop)
      • Try an Ethernet (wired) connection instead of Wifi (wireless)
      • Try a different location / different Wifi spot if that is an option
      • You may need Flash installed. If you aren't sure what version of Flash you have, you can click here to find out.
      • View the webcast on an up-to-date version of Firefox or Chrome. Go to www.firefox.com or www.chrome.com to get the latest version of Firefox or Chrome. One benefit of Chrome is that it already has Adobe Flash installed by default.
      • You may need Javascript enabled. Google “enable javascript” for instructions.
      • Check your bandwidth: Go to the website http://speedtest.att.com/speedtest/ You want at least 4.00 Mbps of download speed for HD (high definition), though 1.0 Mbps will work for Standard Definition.
      • Preserve your bandwidth: Depending upon how much bandwidth you have available, doing other things on your computer could steal both power and bandwidth away from the webcast, causing it to buffer or stop altogether. Avoid downloading large files, using email or doing other work on your computer while the webcast is going on. If other people on your home network or office network are downloading large files or using up bandwidth, this may also impact on your reception.
      • Mobile Devices, iPhones and iPads:  Some folks strongly recommend using the Google Chrome browser app over the default Safari browser since Chrome is much faster. Regardless of what browser you use, you may need to tap once on the video player to start it.
      • Mobile Devices, Android: Certain models of Samsung phones, such as the S3, may need the flash plugin which is not available in the Android app store. As a result, follow these instructions while on your Samsung phone to install flash.
        • 1. Enter your phone's security setting and scroll down to "Unknown sources". Press the box to allow downloading.
        • 2. Go to the Archived Flash web page and download the latest flash player for Android (top of the android list).
        • http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/archived-flash-player-versions.html
        • 3. After the file has downloaded, swipe from the top of your phone to install the flash software. Now, go back to your security settings and tap the box that says "Unknown sources" so the checkmark disappears.

If you are technically-inclined, you may be interested in reading more about streaming from an article copied from mashable.com below, however Region 12 is not set up with enough personnel to offer support related to these things.


5 hacks to get faster streaming video and avoid endless buffering

As Americans step away from pricey cable packages and grow accustomed to streaming on-the-go, they're increasingly using their tablets, smartphones and computers to view media they once watched on TV.

 

According to Nielsen's Total Audience Report, online video streaming grew 60% while traditional television viewing dropped 4% in the final quarter of 2014.

 

That same year, Americans watched nearly 11 hours of online video a month, a figure that would be higher if it accounted for viewing on mobile devices, gaming consoles and streaming media players.

More content on more devices is certainly a positive development, but online streaming isn't perfect. The main drawback tends to be overloaded WiFi networks and channels that lead to video that doesn't load, content that plays slowly and media that constantly lags.

 

If you're a habitual streamer, you need to try out these five hacks to get the best streaming video.

 

1. Don't compete for airtime

When we connect our home electronics — TVs, fridges, coffee machines and home security systems, to name a few — to the Internet, we usually these smart devices are making our lives easier.

 

After all, we're now able to remotely catch when fridge is left open, or brew a cup of coffee from bed.

While those are both positive developments, especially for slow risers, we tend to forget that the more devices we connect to our network, the more it slows down our connection.

 

Before you stream, go into your network connection, disable Internet sharing and disconnect devices you're not using. Also, make sure you exit all web applications that compete for bandwidth with your media player.

 

2. Delete temporary cache and Internet files — they're weighing your device down

Usually, when we close out of a window or exit out of a browser, our operating system will delete the thousands of small files that it downloads to display web pages.

 

If you shut your computer down without allowing those browsers to properly close, however, you store files that weigh down your browser and affect its ability to load and play video.

 

Before you stream, go into your browser's settings and clear the recent history and all temporary Internet files to ensure you're allowing it to work unrestrained.

 

3. 'Channel' your devices elsewhere

If you're using WiFi and your media is buffering from here 'til eternity, try changing the channel that your router is tapped into.

 

To avoid going from one crowded channel to another, download WiFi scanners like Acrylic WiFi that will inspect channels running on both 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz frequencies and show you the number of nearby networks using them.

 

Once you've identified a less clogged channel, go into your browser and type in your router's IP address. Then, enter your username and password and head to your router's settings where you'll select the channel that your analyzer program recommends.

 

4. Try forgoing WiFi in favor of Ethernet

As omnipotent as WiFi is today, there's a good chance it could be slowing down your media, even if you buy network extenders and faster modems.

 

Why?

 

Devices that are wirelessly connected to a router are unable to receive data as quickly as devices that are connected via Ethernet cables, which help maintain the router's speed.

 

Without an Ethernet cable, a 10 Mb/s router may only deliver half that speed to your computer, forcing media players to downgrade your video quality.

 

This tip works best if you're streaming on a computer; most mobile devices don't support Ethernet without an adapter.

 

5. Disable hardware acceleration in your settings

Hardware acceleration is commonly associated with pixelated graphics, slow streams and crashing media players, especially on flash-based web players.

 

By turning off hardware acceleration, your machine will allow applications to select hardware resource requirements instead of using the computer’s universal settings.

 

To turn this feature off, access your machine's control panel and head to the display section. Once there, disable the hardware acceleration, but be sure to switch it back on when you're finished streaming — it could affect computer gaming and other video card-intensive operations if you don’t properly enable it.

 

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