Last night the first annual Streamy Awards in Los Angeles honored original programming created for broadband distribution.
Once the event was underway at around 7:45 PM PDT, about 15 minutes later than scheduled, the Streamys.org Web site provided a high-quality Flash video stream of the live event.
The promised live streaming from the red carpet, however — scheduled be begin at 6:00 PM PDT — was less successful. The Streamys.org site had no live video, and only intermittent snippets of audio, during the pre-show events. There were, apparently, technical problems with the planned broadcast from the red carpet outside the venue (although both the Streamys.org Web site and the streamyawards Twitter stream were mum about what was happening).
Los Angeles media personality Shira Lazar jumped in to seize the moment and provided live streaming through her Nokia N95 cell phone over her channel on Kyte.com. The image was choppy and the audio was poor, but it worked. With a parallel text chat that Lazar monitored to cull questions from the audience for the celebs arriving on the red carpet, the ad hoc interactive event proved to be strangely compelling.
Fortunately, the higher-quality live stream arrived just as the event began (and Lazar’s poor Nokia N95 lost battery power).
The entire event provided a glimpse into the future of online journalism — raw, immediate, and bidirectional.
As an aside, the Streamys turned out to be a big night for the cast and creators of “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” which walked away with a number of awards including those for Best Directing and Best Writing for a Comedy Web Series, and Best Editing and Best Cinematography in a Web Series. “Dr. Horrible” lead Neil Patrick Harris garnered the award for Best Male Actor in a Comedy Web Series. “Dr. Horrible” also snagged the Audience Choice Award.
In addition, “Dr. Horrible” cast member Felicia Day received awards for Best Female Actor in a Comedy Web Series and Best Comedy Web Series for her production, “The Guild.”
A complete list of the winners is available on Story Gas.
Update: Since this was posted, the Streamys.org site has published a complete list of winners: http://www.streamys.org/go/winners/.