First look: Qik video streaming from cell phones

I just met up with Bhanu Sharma, director of product management at DVC Labs. He used to work at Macromedia where he was product manager for Breeze, webconferencing service, and entrepreneur in residence working on VoIP. We’re at the Burlingame Apple Store where Patrick is getting a new iPhone cause of his dead battery. That’s very cool for Apple! Good service that exceeds what I expected to have happen.

Anyway, Bhanu recognized me and introduced himself. He’s building software for mobile phones but we can’t talk about that yet cause he’s in stealth mode.

So, he was showing me his E61i Nokia phone and said “check this out.” Clicked on an icon titled “Qik.” Then said “I’m streaming live from my cell phone.” Here’s the video we just did. OK, OK, this freaking rocks. I signed up for the closed preview.

He showed me my video playing on a nearby Mac. LIVE. Then when he turned off the app it kept a recording.

I asked him if TechCrunch or anyone else has written about it yet (it’s run by friends of his). He said he didn’t think so (a quick Google search couldn’t find anything). Said “I think they wanted to keep it quiet.”

Oh well, that’s what happens when you hang out in Apple stores on Saturday night. Hope their servers stay up. Here’s a picture of the three of us talking, as taken by Dave Winer.

I’m definitely going to use this. Thanks Bhanu for telling me about it!

UPDATE: NewTeeVee actually had this last week but didn’t see it live in action like I did tonight.

39 thoughts on “First look: Qik video streaming from cell phones

  1. My Buddy set up his verizon phone with ustream.tv and did the same thing a while back. Pretty cool stuff!

  2. My Buddy set up his verizon phone with ustream.tv and did the same thing a while back. Pretty cool stuff!

  3. HI Francine,

    What company would that be.

    Robert,,

    A company that’s been long established, seems to have a whole packaged solution, but completely off the radar (imho) is Forbidden Technologies. If you google “Forlive” you should see a press-release way back from 2003!

    Yours kindly,

    Shakir Razak

  4. HI Francine,

    What company would that be.

    Robert,,

    A company that’s been long established, seems to have a whole packaged solution, but completely off the radar (imho) is Forbidden Technologies. If you google “Forlive” you should see a press-release way back from 2003!

    Yours kindly,

    Shakir Razak

  5. I am invested in a company that is capturing video for mobile phones, but the founder does not think the market is here yet because 3G penetration is so low and he is developing and deploying in China.

  6. I am invested in a company that is capturing video for mobile phones, but the founder does not think the market is here yet because 3G penetration is so low and he is developing and deploying in China.

  7. These guys do live streaming from phone directly to Flash which is way better than ComVu, which does Windows Media or Quicktime.

  8. These guys do live streaming from phone directly to Flash which is way better than ComVu, which does Windows Media or Quicktime.

  9. Hi Rob,

    Sorry, I’m getting a real sense of being dumb, what am I missing!

    Isn’t this just mobile life-casting, aren’t there others, isn’t this part of the inevitable mobile future…

    Kind regards,

    Shakir Razak

  10. Hi Rob,

    Sorry, I’m getting a real sense of being dumb, what am I missing!

    Isn’t this just mobile life-casting, aren’t there others, isn’t this part of the inevitable mobile future…

    Kind regards,

    Shakir Razak

  11. Hey dude,

    I did something similar for an X-AIR event where users could video/Pxt things they liked at the event and push them through onto the big screen live at the event.

    http://blog.xsive.co.nz/archives/195

    Worked out pretty cool, but the technology was a bit early. We overloaded the cell towers pretty quickly at the event, even after the extra bandwidth we had ordered. I think the guys at QIK are onto something if they can build a good API for republishing the content.

    C.

  12. Hey dude,

    I did something similar for an X-AIR event where users could video/Pxt things they liked at the event and push them through onto the big screen live at the event.

    http://blog.xsive.co.nz/archives/195

    Worked out pretty cool, but the technology was a bit early. We overloaded the cell towers pretty quickly at the event, even after the extra bandwidth we had ordered. I think the guys at QIK are onto something if they can build a good API for republishing the content.

    C.

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