Veodia is a new video broadcast service which is a direct competitor to Neokast in that it lets you stream live videocasts from your PC webcam or a DV camera. Unlike Neokast, however, this product supports Firefox out of the box, which is a very good thing. It also streams to 3G mobile phones, AppleTV and Video iPods as well as PCs running Quicktime 7.0. The interface is simple but very usable, and it’s easy to get up and running with a live broadcast to the world, literally in minutes. I did have problems getting it to recognise my Logitech webcam microphone, though, which I’m assuming is probably a beta glitch.
I suspect that the two services are aiming to satisfy different needs. Neokast’s high quality P2P streaming technology looks like it will handle much more bandwidth along with better resolutions (i.e. near DVD quality), but for normal web site based delivery, the smaller image size of Veodia is fine and the quality is great. Veodia also features seamless integration with iTunes, so it’s ideal for podcast material, and comes with a ready to use broadcast scheduling and catalogue system which makes it very easy to organise your content and make it available to the public on a regular basis. All in all, this is a very credible entrant into this market. The DIY video broadcasting tech sector is definitely getting interesting.