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Handheld goes after Webcasting

Video Vamoose is another example of how PCs and peripheral imaging devices allow anyone to be a Net broadcaster.

Zulu Broadcasting today released Video Vamoose, a handheld device that allows anyone with a VCR or camcorder to stream video directly to the Internet.

Previewed last week at the Internet World trade show, Video Vamoose is another example of how PCs and peripheral imaging devices like digital cameras and scanners are enabling individuals to broadcast private moments or events worldwide via the Internet.

The device sends video files

Zulu Broadcasting's Video Vamoose
Zulu Broadcasting's Video Vamoose
to Zulu's servers in New Hampshire, which then host the video for individuals or corporations. It connects to the Internet via any phone line, Ethernet connection, or wireless modem. Broadcasts are viewed using RealNetworks G2 media streaming player.

"The consumer-oriented nature of Video Vamoose lets everyone become a Webcaster without having to be a computer genius," said Nicole Pennell, vice president of Broadcasting services for Zulu, in a prepared statement.

Zulu offers several channels for customers to broadcast events like weddings, sports events, election coverage, and company communications. Customers can broadcast video to the entire Web population or to a limited, pre-selected group. Live event broadcasting costs $500 per event, while multicast delivery (delivery to preselected locations) goes for $5,000 per event.

All of the event packages include the lease of the Video Vamoose Webcasting device; the product is available for rent as a stand-alone retail product. Device pricing was not immediately available.