On Monday, April 05, 2010, Justin.tv changed the design of their archive page, renaming them to Past Broadcast's. Essentially all pastbroadcasts are saved as a clip, and deleted after 7 days. From the Past Broadcast you can highlight for permanent save.
Justin.tv's broadcasting and viewing technology is based onAdobe Flash, a browser plug-in found in 95% of all personal computers,
andavailable for many of today's widely-usedoperating systems.Users can broadcast directly from the site, with Justin.tv using Flash to auto-detect and stream from an attached webcam. Justin.tv alsosupports broadcasting using other third party software, most notably QuickTime Broadcaster, Camtwist, Flash Media Encoder, Wirecast, andVLC, to allow broadcasters to add effects or stream higher quality video.
Justin.tv has no default video quality setting; instead, it setsbitrateon a case-by-case basis by testing the broadcaster's available bandwidth.The broadcaster can also manually adjust the bitrate before going live. While broadcasting from the browser, the maximum quality settings are
1000 kbps for video and 44 kHz for audio. As a comparison, YouTube High Quality video are 400
-500 kbps, and 720phigh definitionvideo isapproximately 2000 kbps.
The 1000 kbps limit can be exceeded by using alternate broadcasting methods, such as Flash Media Encoderand Quicktime Broadcaster, and 720p video inH.264has been broadcast by some users.
Following the Justin.tv re-design in July 2009, the default channel video size changed from a standard aspect ratio of 468 x 353 pixels to awidescreen 630 x 353 pixels.
Like YouTube and other static video sites, Justin.tv allows each channel to be accompanied with anHTMLsnippet, which allows users to embedvideo onto pages outside the Justin.tv site.
Another snippet is given to embed the associated chatbox as well, thus allowing users to recreatethe basic Justin.tv functionality on another page. Broadcasters have the option of disabling embedding for their specific channel. Justin.tv/sonosFollowing the release of the API in August 2009, Justin.tv released FlashSWFfiles that allows developers to include Justin.tv video in Flashprojects.
While the primary Justin.tv site is in English, there is support for users to translate the site into other languages. 2 languages (CatalanandSpanish) have been translated completely, and an additional 17 are over 50% translated.
Justin.tv has been criticized for failing to ensure that its videos respect the law ofcopyright.
Although Justin.tv complies with theDigital Millennium Copyright Act,
the nature of live broadcasting makes it difficult to take down streams in a timely manner. In August 2009, Justin.tv announced a deal withFoxto actively filter streams in real-time.
Justin.tv now uses an advanced filtering system from Vobile to detect and filter out any copyrighted content, and remove the channel from thewebsite.
During the period when Justin.tv consisted solely of Justin Kan lifecasting, Justin became the target of several pranks. A viewer spoofed Justin'scaller ID(publicly available on the site) using anIP Relayservice. On March 21, 2007, the spoofer called theSan Francisco Police Department
and filed a false report about a stabbing in the apartment. The following day, someone reported a fire at the apartment. The San Franciscoemergency services then put Justin.tv's number on a list which requires a confirmation call before responding to any emergencies.
Kanchanged his number and kept the new one private.
In July 2008, TheDefaced.org, a computer security group, released a non-maliciouscross-site scripting (XSS) wormonto the Justin.tv site. Aftersuccessfully propagating the virus, TheDefaced.org contacted Justin.tv programmers and worked with them to fix the vulnerability.
On November 19, 2008, 19-year-old Abraham K. Biggs committed suicide while broadcasting to a room full of viewers on his Justin.tv channel byingesting anoverdose of benzodiazepine and opiates. He was also struggling withbipolar disorder.
Biggs posted his suicide note online,as noted in
The New York Times
:Much of the evidence of Mr. Biggs
s suicide and the reactions of users was removed from BodyBuilding.com and Justin.tv after his deathwas confirmed. But according to a chronology posted by a fellow user, Mr. Biggs listed the pills he had obtained and posted a suicide notethat he had copied from another Web site. He directed people to his page on Justin.tv, where anyone can plug in a webcam and stream livevideo onto the Internet. In a chat room adjacent to the live video, the
joking and trash talking
continued after Mr. Biggs consumed the pillsand lay on his bed, according to the user, who said he tried to reach the local police from his home in India.
The man's father, Abraham Biggs, Sr., says those who watched share some blame in his son
Justin.tv CEO Michael Seibel stated, "We regret that this has occurred and respect the privacy of the broadcaster and his family during thistime. We have policies in place to discourage the distribution of distressing content and our community monitors the site accordingly. Thiscontent was flagged by our community, reviewed and removed according to our terms of service.
Ustream Livestream YouTube
"Live From San Francisco, It's Justin Kan's Life". Npr.org. 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2009-07-30.