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Streams and Eggs and all - an update from the trenches

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It has been a hectic April and it's not over yet.

First of all I want to appologize to those trying hard to view the cameras through our Windows Media server. We have had to cap the amount of traffic it can put out due to the cost of the link. At the current cap it should easily handle about 90 simultaneous viewers but has at times had over 300 trying to share its link. This has nothing to do with how capable the actual server is - it is capable of serving well in excess of 3000 simultaneos sessions if we opened up the flood-gates (network bandwidth) but at that rate it would be costing the foundation something over $10,000/month which we simply don't have at the moment. We're looking for sponsors to step up to the plate, and the advertising revenue is starting to climb, but it appears that this simply won't happen in time for the onslaught we expect once chicks appear.

In fact, we've pretty much known this all along - that we were caught in a catch-22 situation where the ad revenue wouldn't rise unless more people could view, and more people couldn't view until the revenue rose to pay for the added bandwidth - so we've been working on several fronts to address this.

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Neokast Media Network Streaming - All Members! (updated)

Wildlife NewsHancock Wildlife Foundation is pleased to announce that Neokast Media Network has accepted our cameras as a major part of their beta test for their new peer to peer video streaming service.

David Hancock and I recently met with many of the Neokast people at the Voice/Video on the Net show in San Jose (March 20-22) and came away with an agreement that we would be amongst the first content providers in their roll-out. Since then we've been working with them almost daily to get things in place.

Starting the week of April 2nd, Neokast began adding testers (your truly included) to their system in a staged roll-out of their services. I've had a stream from their facility up and live almost continuously since April 5th, and it has worked flawlessly.

As of April 7, 2007, our administrative people were added to the list, and as they gained experience over the next couple of days we added our moderators, then some of our members.

As of today, April 17th, we are opening up the Neokast viewer (install here) to all members of our www.hancockwildlifechannel.org site and have opened up the Neokast discussion topic to all members of our discuss.hancockwildlifechannel.org site.


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March 15, 2007 - Video Replay

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March 15, 2007 - Replay

The replay times are the best times to really get a feel for what has happened during the day. You can fast-forward, pause, rewind and scan through the archive files for the day.

Sidney

The replay of the Sidney Wide camera is dark for the first 9 hours and 41 minutes - but shows a wonderful sunrise shortly after that point. The Close-up (CU) camera starts its day at about 09:06 into the file. Use the slider bar just under the image area to slide almost half-way through the file.

Today the scuttlebutt is that there is a second egg in the nest. We'll have to wait for David Hancock to review the video and decide if this is a fact. Check out the discussion forum "2007 Sidney Nest Discussion" for today for thoughts and such.

You'll also find that the "Egg Turning Frequency" discussion group has started up again. Lots of old and new friends here.

The audio on the cameras is incredible - lots of background bird noises, although the occasional plane or car going by can be a bit distracting at times.

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Nightly Replays

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Now that we have our own Windows Streaming Media server, we've implemented a number of features and likely will implement more.

The one that most people will appreciate is the replay each night (camera time) of the day's video. This article is to let you know how this works and why it can be a bit fragmented at times.


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Bull Shoals State Park Eagle Awareness

Wildlife NewsSubmirtted by Christi_T

The Bull Shoals-White River State Park here in Arkansas has an annual Eagle Awareness program. I haven't been to it before, but I wasn't involved in all that David has sparked in me! If anyone is interested in attending, contact me and I'll help with information about area accommodations. Here's the little write-up about it.

Each year approximately 100 bald eagles visit the Bull Shoals area. Enjoy festivities centered on our national symbol. Activities include lake tours, guided bird walks, guest speakers, live bird demonstrations and live entertainment. Contact the park for a detailed schedule.

Admission: Free, except lake cruises. Cruises: $6.25 adults, $3 kids ages 6-12
E-mail: bullshoalswhiteriver at arkansas.com

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Latest News

Wildlife NewsWe have created this new Hancock Wildlife Org site as an abstract of the original forum.hancockhouse.com site. Please bear with us as we find all the little details such as URLs that don't point where they should and the general look/feel of the site which will change to reflect the Hancock Wildlife theme.

Your posted videos are here along with all the articles and other content that dealt with the Hornby and Victoria/Sidney nest sites. We'll concentrate all new postings here. The Hancock House site will return to the discussion and creation of books for publication by that company.


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    Our new Discussion Forum - and other updates

    Wildlife NewsThe news that we have a discussion forum seems to have leaked out - and I've changed it from its original URL (test-discuss...) to its permanent place at discuss.hancockwildlifechannel.org even though it is still tagged with a blinking "test" - and will be for a day or two while we get some buggs worked out.

    Along the way there have been a number of bobbles of various kinds, not the least of which is that the whole domain that you are supposed to be reading this under was changed at the last moment from just www.hancockwildlife.org to the one you are supposed to be using now which is www.hancockwildlifechannel.org (and the above mentioned "discuss" sub-domain of it)

    All this has meant that some people are having a bit of a problem with staying logged into the discussion forum (clear your browser's cookies) and others are a bit confused because links they've created don't quite work right.

    Sorry for all that, really. Read on for more


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    Support the Eagle Cams - We need advertisers

    Wildlife NewsAs you'll now see, we're set up to run advertising to sponsor the Hancock Wildlife TV - cameras, discussion forums (soon) and lots of video.

    We need business supporters - and we're prepared for you. We already have in place the software to track exactly how many people see your ads and how many click through to your site. We already know that our next season is going to mean millions of people tuning in to watch and comment on what is happening in the nests and with the other sites we have in preparation - and you need to hook your wagon to our advertising horse.

    Of course we're a great place for tourism advertisers from here in Beautiful British Columbia - but did you know that over 40% of our viewers came from outside of North America? True - and we're looking for you to talk to them - about whatever it is you are selling.

    Please contact us at: wildlife-ads@hancockwildlife.org for rates and options.

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