Justin.tv is a great way to express yourself online. It's simple and free to use, and other people can watch Justin.tv channels without signing up, making it a highly accessible platform for live streaming video.
What is Justin.tv?:
Justin.tv is a livestreaming video website that allows anyone to broadcast video online. By setting up an account, you'll be able to broadcast your own content, as well as access hundreds of different streaming video channels.
Beware that Justin.tv channels and broadcasts are automatically made public. To make your Justin.tv broadcasts private, you'll need to add an access code to your channel. You can do this under the 'Settings', 'Channel Info' menu on your user profile.
Just like you can follow the Justin.tv channels you like, other users can follow your channel, too. Justin.tv keeps this information relatively transparent - for a list of your followers, just refer back to your account page.
You can find live Justin.tv channels by entering a search term or browsing the directory. The channel directory is split into ten major categories: Producers, Mobile, Social, Entertainment, Gaming, Sports, News and Events, Animals, Science and Technology, and More. The majority of Justin.tv channels are devoted to video games and entertainment. The 'Random Movies' channel, for example, continuously streams movies chosen at random from a playlist. That being said, there are plenty of 'lifecasters' on Justin.tv who are constantly broadcasting while going about their everyday lives. Justin.tv channels have a similar layout to YouTube channels, but broadcast live streaming video like a television channel.
'Following' a Justin.tv channel is easy. There will be a link to follow the channel under the live video stream. You can access these channels in the future under the 'following' tab on your account page.
Sharing Justin.tv Broadcasts:
Justin.tv offers a variety of ways to share channels and videos. When you start broadcasting, Justin.tv will provide you with the the url for your live feed, and also an embed code in case you want to add your video to a web site or blog. You'll also have the option to share your video on social media sites, such as Facebook, Myspace and Twitter. You can share video recordings for seven days before they're deleted.
A Justin.tv Pro account costs $9.99 per month. With a Pro account, you'll benefit from features such as advertisement-free viewing, unlimited bandwidth, and being identified as a Pro user in channel chats. The Pro account is best suited for frequent users, as the free Justin.tv account already allows you unlimited video broadcasts and viewing.
All Prices as of March 2012