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Livestation was a platform for distributing live television and radio broadcasts over a data network. It was originally developed by Skinkers Ltd. and is now an independent company called Livestation Ltd. The service was originally based on peer-to-peer technology acquired from Microsoft Research. Between mid-June 2013 and mid-July Livestation was unavailable to some subscribers due to technical issues.
|Founded||September 7, 2007|
13-19 Bevenden Street
London, United Kingdom
|Area served||Worldwide (except blocked countries)|
|Profit||US$3 million (2015) |
|Alexa rank||81,758 (September 2015[update])|
|Registration||Mandatory (sign up / sign in via Facebook or Twitter); as of early-2015|
|Launched||September 24, 2008|
|Current status||Defunct (as of 23 November 2016)|
|Initial release||July 2007 (announced)
September 7, 2007 (IBC 2007 - Amsterdam)
February 12, 2008 (beta release)
September 24, 2008 (full release)
|Platform||Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, Linux|
In late 2016, the service closed down without notice.
Livestation aggregated international news channels online and offered them in a number of ways:
- Free to watch: a number of channels could be watched for free on the Livestation website or on their desktop player, a freely downloadable video application that presented all the channels through one interface.
- Premium service: some of the free channels were also available on a subscription basis both in higher quality (800kbit/s) and in lower (256kbit/s) delivered via an international content distribution network for higher reliability.
- Mobile: Livestation launched BBC World News on the iPhone in 16 European countries and Al Jazeera English globally. The apps were available in the iPhone AppStore and stream the live TV channel 24/7 on both Wi-Fi and 3G connections.
Livestation broadcast streams encoded in VC-1 format (Livestation is not currently using peer-to-peer). Playback controls were overlaid on top of the video stream. Unlike services such as Joost which offer video on demand channels, Livestation streams live broadcasts.
Livestation provided a website, mobile website and native applications for iOS, Android, Nokia and Blackberry handsets. Early models of Samsung TV were also supported. They also provided desktop software available for Windows, Mac (including PowerPC) and Linux. The cross-platform compatibility of the desktop software was facilitated by the Qt framework. Social networking features were later added that include the ability to chat with other viewers and also find out what others are watching through a user generated rating system. You could search and select the available channels either from the website, or from within the software.
In the first quarter of 2011 by 1047 percent, resulting in the first profitable quarter in its history.
Between mid-June and mid-July 2013, Livestation suffered a prolonged series of technical issues and was unavailable to some users.
In early 2015, Livestation re-branded their entire site changing what channels were offered and bringing in an interactive feature. Some stations on the app were not on the mainsite and vice versa.
Stations available until closure and former live TV news channels in the global offering (which comes with a default installation) included, as of 2016:
- ABS-CBN News Channel
- Al Aan TV
- Al-Alam News Network
- Al Arabiya
- Al Jazeera
- Al Jazeera English
- Al Jazeera Mubasher
- Al Mayadeen
- Al Nabaa TV
- BBC Arabic
- BBC Persian 
- BBC World News 
- BBC World Service Radio
- CNBC Arabiya (EMEA)
- Bloomberg TV
- CCTV News 
- CNC World 
- CNN International 
- Democratic Voice of Burma
- Deutsche Welle TV and radio 
- Euronews 
- Espreso TV
- Fox News Radio
- France24 
- Libya TV
- NASA TV 
- NHK World TV
- Press TV
- RFI Afrique and Monde.
- Reuters TV
- Russia Today 
- SAMAA TV
- Sky News Arabia
- Sky News International
- United Nations Television
- UNHCR TV
- VOA Persian
Livestation site is closed.
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- Unavailable in Iran.
- Unavailable in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Japan, China, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.
- Unavailable in China.
- Unavailable in China.
- Unavailable in the United States
- Available in English, German and Spanish
- Available in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish
- Available in English, French and Arabic
- via app
- Otherwise, reception is limited through GeoIP filtering, and depends on the location of the receiver. Despite advertisement boasting Deutsche Welle TV, this channel is not available in some locations, including but not limited to the United States. Livestation viewers can add channels from a directory, and may add their own choice of channels to the directory (limited to Windows Media streams).
- Available in English, Arabic and Spanish