Livestation has released version 3.0 of its latest desktop software for watching live news channels on the computer. People can now use Livestation as a native Twitter client to follow their friends and post tweets directly under the video window without having to switch applications.
More interestingly, viewers can screen grab what they are watching with a handy button and have the screenshot posted with the Twitter update in one easy click (see screen grab with this article).
Also new in Livestation 3.0 is the Multiview functionality. As the player is a multi-protocol and cross-platform video player, it is now possible to watch more than one channel at once. Users can now do that by simply clicking on the + icon available next to each channel.
The new version released now was exclusively previewed in Broadband TV News early October (see here).
Livestation have also created a pro version of the player which viewers can purchase for a one off price of £14.99 (€16.66). Livestation Pro 3.0 has no ads, unlimited Multiview and all the partner channels are delivered via a dedicated, high performance data network for maximum reliability and for a better viewing experience.
The new player also supports premium channels which viewers can purchase on a subscription basis. Premium channels are delivered in three different qualities for maximum flexibility: low or ‘internet cafe’ mode, medium for every day watching and high for SD and plasma viewing (adaptive bit rates coming very soon too).
Al Jazeera English was the first channel to go premium on the platform and more high profile international channels will follow soon.