(Please read to the end; I have something to ask you.)
UU Mom was looking to watch tonight's opening session of the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly (UUA GA) online, but it is only available in a proprietary Windows format. She noted:
It would be nice if they'd use an Open Source program. We missed part of the banner parade due to a streaming problem & we didn't see our banner (if it is there). We're now watching it with the audio & visual out of sync.
I took a post-work and by the time I roused myself, got to the computer, checked GA, and tried to both feed myself and make a work-around to see the stream on my computer, it was over. (I'll try again tomorrow and put up as comprehensive a set of directions as I can.)
But her point about the proprietary format isn't avoided. It seems strange that there's only one way to see this media and that we have to go through a single company's technology to use it. And there's a good free and open source option.
As it happens, I spoke to an advocate in this field a few weeks ago -- I run in a fun crowd at work, but too recently for this GA -- and to the technology lead at the UUA. We have a meeting penciled in for July.
I hope to make an airtight case why the UUA ought to have plural streams and why one should be in a free and open-source format. Until then, if you're interested in seeing this, leave me a note in the comments.