08 October 2017

FriarTV Update 10.08.17

So I think I'm gonna be streaming the games on YouTube this season. The biggest reason is that a majority of people just aren't using full-fledged computers anymore, and Flash is next to impossible to get working properly on a phone/tablet. So in keeping with one of  the stated goals of this site, to have as many people as possible watching the Friars worldwide, it's time for an upgrade. In addition to YT being mobile friendly, YouTube can handle the traffic, whereas the shady Flash sites may not be able to when 100 other games are being hosted at the same time. So if you have the bandwidth, you can watch the streams in 1080p. If you don't have a good signal, you can still watch by turning the quality down to 240p. Combine that with the absence of security concerns that come with shady Flash sites, the ability to scrub back and watch a replay on live streams, the option to chat with other Friar fans during the game, and the fact that YouTube's copyright algorithm just isn't where it needs to be to stop live feeds, it really is a no-brainer to make the switch in 2017.

 I will be streaming on an alternate account so I don't lose all the games I have uploaded over the years, juuust in case the channel does get flagged and taken down. And if it does get taken down, I can always just set up a Flash stream in a minute or two, so you'll be covered either way.

 Keep an eye out on Twitter for test streams, and be sure to turn up the quality as high as your bandwidth can handle!