Start date:13th October 2020
10:30 PM IST
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Technology has advanced significantly since the first internet livestream but we still turn to video for almost everything. Let’s take a brief look at why livestreaming has been held back so far Barcelona vs Real Madrid Live Stream Full Match Defending champs Real come into this huge game after suffering a shock home La Liga defeat to Cádiz after Anthony Lozano’s first-half strike gave the league newcomers n.Barcelona were unable to capitalize on their rivals’ slip-up however losing the chance to go top of the league later in the evening after a similarly unexpected 1-0 loss away at Getafe.The two teams had differing fortunes in midweek during their opening Champions League group matches. and what tech innovations will propel livestreaming to the forefront of internet culture. Right now livestreaming is limited to just a few applications for mass public use and the rest are targeted towards businesses. Livestreaming is to today what home computers were in the early 1980s. The world of livestreaming is waiting for a metaphorical VIC-20 a very popular product that will make live streaming as popular as video through iterations and competition.
After some early shaky moments Barcelona eased past Hungarian minnows Ferencvaros 5-1 on Tuesday while Real were left stunned 3-2 in Madrid by a Coronavirus-depleted Shakhtar Donetsk side.While Real put up a spirited fightback after falling behind 3-0 in the first half their eventual defeat means further pressure has been heaped upon boss Zinedine Zidane ahead of this weekend’s clash against his side’s most-bitter rivals.Read on for full details on how to get a live stream of Barcelona vs Real Madrid no matter where you are in the world with our guide below. Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Where and whenThis latest installment of El Clásico takes place at Camp Nou in Barcelona on Saturday with kick-off set for 4pm local time (CEST). That makes it a 10am ET/ 7am PT start in the US and a 3pm BST kick-off in the UK.
We have details of all the US UK Australian and Canadian broadcasters of Barcelona vs Real Madrid further down in this guide. If you’re intent on watching El Clásico but find yourself away from home then you’ll run into problems when trying to stream your domestic coverage online from abroad as it’s likely to be geo-blocked. That’s where a VPN (Virtual Private Network) can be a lifesaver. They allow you to virtually change the ISP of your laptop, tablet or mobile to one that’s back in your home country letting you watch as if you were back there.
In the first El Clasico of the 2020-21 La Liga season, Barcelona host Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Saturday. Both the teams are looking to bounce back after losing their respective last matches. Barcelona lost to Getafe 0-1 while defending champions Real were stunned by newly promoted Cadiz at home. Zinedine Zidanes men are currently third in the points table with three wins one draw and one defeat from five matches so far. Barca are ninth as they have played four matches – won two drawn one and lost one. Also Read – Manchester City Preparing £15m Bid to Sign Lionel Messi During January Transfer Window: Report
Last season’s El Clasico ended 0-0 at Camp Nou but Real won 2-0 when they played the host. Also Read – UEFA Champions League Draw: It’s Messi vs Ronaldo Once Again as Barcelona Gets Drawn With Juventus in Group BAR vs RM Live Football Streaming DetailsWhat: El Clasico 2020, La Liga 2020-21 Also Read – Football Transfer: Luis Suarez Leaves Barcelona For Atletico Madrid
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Real Madrid: Thibaut Courtois Marcelo Sergio Ramos Raphael Varane Ferland Mendy Casemiro Toni Kroos Luka Modric Marco Asensio Karim Benzema, Vinicius JuniorBarcelona: Inaki Pena Neto Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Ronald Araujo, Sergio Akieme Junior Firpo Clement Lenglet Samuel Umtiti Nelson Semedo Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique Jordi Alba Ansu Fati Monchu Alex Collado Riqui Puig Arthur Melo Frenkie De Jong Ousmane Dembele, Arda Turan Sergio Busquets Ivan Rakitic Arturo Vidal, Martin Braithwaite Rey Manaj, Luis Suarez Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi
Real Madrid: Diego Altube, Alphonse Areola, Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, Javier Hernandez-Carrera, Ferland Mendy, Jose Nacho Dani Carvajal Sergio Ramos Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Reinier, Federico Valverde, Brahim Diaz Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Casemiro Isco, Toni Kroos Luka Modric,James Rodriguez, Eden Hazard, Vinicius Junior Rodrygo Goes Mariano Diaz, Luka Jovic, Gareth Bale Karim Benzema.
Zinedine Zidane insists he is not feeling the pressure of the sack as the Real Madrid coach welcomes back Sergio Ramos for Saturday’s Clasico. (More Football News)Back-to-back home defeats to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk have left Zidane’s position under scrutiny and a loss to Barcelona at Camp Nou would only amplify concerns that the team are stagnating.
The 3-2 loss to Shakhtar was particularly chastening, as Madrid fell 3-0 down in the first half to a team missing 10 key first-team players due to an outbreak of coronavirus,marking the first time they let in three goals in the first 45 minutes of a Champions League match in 15 years.Ramos missed that match through injury but is expected at least to be in the squad this weekend, although Zidane warned he wanted his captain to be at 100 per cent.Zidane has only lost twice in nine games against Barca as Madrid boss and his side have not conceded a goal in the previous two, with a goalless draw and a 2-0 win in last season’s meetings helping Madrid go on to win the LaLiga title.But with only three wins in all competitions since July 16, doubts have been growing over Zidane’s long-term suitability in his second stint in the job, and some reports in Spain suggest Mauricio Pochettino has already been contacted over the prospect of taking charge.
Zidane, though, insists he feels the support of everyone at the club, saying Yes [I feel it from] all of them. Ultimately, I’ve won many things with these players; they have made me win a lot of things. I will be with these players to the death. They are the ones who fight and run.I can see the support yes. But, for now, what’s important for us is to change the mindset. Games are coming for us to change things. Football is beautiful for that. When things get worse, you have to bring out your character and quality.
Do you remember when YouTube wasn’t the YouTube you know today? In 2005 when Steve Chen Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim activated the domain they had a vision. Inspired by the lack of easily accessible video clips online, the creators of YouTube saw a world where people could instantly access videos on the internet without having to download files or search for hours for the right clip. Allegedly inspired by the site “Hot or Not”, YouTube originally began as a dating site (think 80s video dating), but without a large ingress of dating videos, they opted to accept any video submission. And as we all know, that fateful decision changed all of our lives forever. Because of YouTube, the world that YouTube was born in no longer exists. The ability to share videos on the scale permitted by YouTube has brought us closer to the “global village” than I’d wager anyone thought realistically possible. And now with technologies like Starlink, we are moving closer and closer to that eventuality. Although the shared video will never become a legacy technology before long it will truly have to share the stage with its sibling livestreaming. Although livestreaming is over 20 years old it hasn’t gained the incredible worldwide adoption YouTube has. This is largely due to infrastructure issues such as latency quality and cost.
Latency is a priority when it comes to livestreams.
Latency is the time it takes for a video to be captured and point a, and viewed at point b. In livestreaming this is done through an encoder-decoder function. Video and audio are captured and turned into code, the code specifies which colours display, when, for how long, and how bright. The code is then sent to the destination, such as a streaming site, where it is decoded into colours and audio again and then displayed on a device like a cell phone. The delay between the image being captured, the code being generated, transmitted, decoded, and played is consistently decreasing. It is now possible to stream content reliably with less than 3 seconds of latency. Sub-second latency is also common and within the next 20 or so years we may witness the last cable broadcast (or perhaps cable will be relegated to the niche market of CB radios, landlines, and AM transmissions).
On average, the latency associated with a cable broadcast is about 6 seconds. This is mainly due to limitations on broadcasts coming from the FCC or another similar organization in the interests of censorship. In terms of real-life, however, a 6 second delay on a broadcast is not that big of a deal. In all honesty a few hours’ delay wouldn’t spell the doom of mankind. But for certain types of broadcasts such as election results or sporting events, latency must be kept at a minimum to maximize the viability of the broadcast.
Sensitive Content is Hard to Monitor
Advances in AI technologies like computer vision have changed the landscape of internet broadcasting. Before too long, algorithms will be better able to prevent sensitive and inappropriate content from being broadcast across the internet on livestreaming platforms. Due to the sheer volume of streams it is much harder to monitor and contain internet broadcasts than it is cable, but we are very near a point where the ability to reliably detect and interrupt inappropriate broadcasts instantaneously. Currently, the majority of content is monitored by humans. And as we’ve learned over the last 50 or so years computers and machines are much more reliable and consistent than humans could ever be. Everything is moving to an automated space and content moderation is not far behind. We simply don’t have the human resources to monitor every livestream, but with AI we won’t need it.
In the last decade we have seen video quality move from 720p to 1080p to 4K and beyond. I can personally remember a time when 480p was standard and 720p was considered a luxury reserved for only the most well funded YouTube videos. But times have changed and people expect video quality of at least 720p. Live streaming has always had issues meeting the demands of video quality. When watching streams on platforms like Twitch, the video can cut out lag drop in quality and stutter all within about 45 seconds. Of course this isn’t as rampant now as it once was however sudden drops in quality will likely be a thorn in the side of live streams for years to come.
Perhaps the most common issue one needs to tackle when watching a live stream is their internet speed. Drops in video quality and connection are often due to the quality of the internet connection between the streamer and the viewer. Depending on the location of the parties involved, their distance from the server, and allocated connection speed the stream may experience some errors. And that’s just annoying. Here is a list of the recommended connection speeds for 3 of the most popular streaming applications:
Facebook Live recommends a max bit rate of 4,000 kbps, plus a max audio bit rate of 128 kbps.
YouTube Live recommends a range between 1,500 and 4,000 kbps for video, plus 128 kbps for audio.
Twitch recommends a range between 2,500 and 4,000 kbps for video, plus up to 160 kbps for audio.
Live streams are typically available for those of us with good internet. Every day more people are enjoying high quality speeds provided by fibre optic lines, but it will be a while until these lines can truly penetrate rural and less populated areas. Perhaps when that day comes we will see an upsurge of streaming coming from these areas.
You can pause and rewind a video if you didn’t understand or hear something, and many video sharing platforms provide the option for subtitles. But you don’t really get that with a live stream. Pausing and rewinding an ongoing stream defeats the purpose of watching a stream. However, the day is soon approaching where we will be able to watch streams, in our own native language with subtitles, even if the streamer speaks something else. Microsoft Azure’s Cognitive Speech Services can give livestreaming platforms an edge in the future as it allows for speech to be automatically translated from language to language. The ability to watch a livestream in real time, with the added benefit of accurate subtitles in one’s own language, will also assist language learners in deciphering spontaneous speech.
One of the most damning features of a live stream is the inherent difficulty in monetizing it. As mentioned before, videos can be paused and ads inserted. In videos, sponsored segments can be bought where the creators of the video read lines provided to them. Ads can run before videos etc. But in the case of a spontaneous live stream sponsored content will stick out. In the case of platforms like YouTube there are ways around ads. Ad blockers, the skip ad button, the deplorable premium account, and fast forwarding through sponsored segments all work together to limit the insane amount of ads we see every day. But in the case of a live stream, ads are a bit more difficult.
Live streaming platforms could implement sponsored overlays and borders or a similar graphical method of advertising, but the inclusion of screen shrinking add-ons like that may cause issues on smaller devices where screen size is already limited.
Monthly subscriptions are already the norm, but in the case of a live streaming platform (Twitch Prime not withstanding), it may be difficult for consumers to see the benefit in paying for a service that is by nature unscheduled and unpredictable. Live streams are great for quick entertainment, but as they can go on for hours at a time, re-watching streamed content is inherently time consuming. For this reason, many streamers cut their recorded streams down and upload them to platforms like YouTube where they are monetized through a partnership program. It is likely that for other streaming platforms to really take off, they would need to partner with a larger company and offer services similar to Amazon and Twitch.
What Might the Future of Livestreaming Look Like?
It is difficult to say, as it is with any speculation about the future. Technologies change and advance beyond the scope of our imaginations virtually every decade. But one thing that is almost a certainty is the continued advancement in our communications infrastructure. Fibre optic lines are being run to smaller towns and cities. Services like Google Fiber, which is now only available at 1 gigabit per second, have shown the current capabilities of our internet infrastructure. As services like this expand we can expect to see a large increase in the number of users seeking streams as the service they expect to interact with will be more stable than it currently is now. Livestreaming, at the moment, is used frequently by gamers and Esports and hasn’t yet seen the mass commercial expansion that is coming.
The future of live streaming is on its way. For clues for how it may be in North America we can look to Asia (taobao). Currently, livestreaming is quite popular in the East in terms of a phenomenon that hasn’t quite taken hold on us Westerners, Live Commerce. With retail stores closing left and right, we can’t expect Amazon to pick up all of the slack (as much as I’m sure they would like to). Live streaming affords entrepreneurs and retailers a new opportunity for sales and growth.
Live streaming isn’t the way of the future, video will never die but the two will co-exist and be used for different purposes as they are now. Live streaming can bring serious benefits to education as well by offering classrooms guest lessons and tutorials by leading professionals. Live streaming is more beneficial for education than video as it allows students to interact with guest teachers in real-time.
The live streaming market is waiting to be tapped. Right now there are some prospectors, but in North America, no one has really found the vein leading to the mine. So maybe it’s time