Live video stream alternatives for the Z-cam and RADIO SABINA

I am looking for some alternatives to using Ustream for the live video/audio stream.

I noticed that Ustream pushes ads from Google directly to the viewing window of each user.

After attempting to guide the ads in one direction or another by adding my own tags, I noticed that when I embedded a "cohost" frame within the feed (for example, showing the chapel in a small box while keeping the main video on something else), there was no way to get rid of the Google ad for "Adult" web cams.  That was pretty irritating.

I know that most of you are mature enough not to fret over these stupid, albeit slimey, ads.  You are not likely to click on the ads ever if they were less provocative.  But I just don’t like the idea of ads at all, much less my not being able to control the content.

So… I am looking for some alternatives.

I don’t mind using the enemy’s tools to undermine their nefarious work, but I want find the best alternatives.

I am interested in expanding my activity in this direction.


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  1. Organist from LAX says:

    I would recommend either Quicktime Broadcaster or Darwin Streaming Server from Apple:

    They’re both free

  2. Tina in Ashburn says:

    Huh. Never noticed the ads Father. I wonder if it is because I use Firefox with the Ad Blocker [download AdBlock Plus]. It gets rid of all kinds of nuisances.

  3. It would be awesome to be able to join you online praying e.g. the laudes or vesper. I hope the cam (+ a microphone) can be used for that (sooner or later).

  4. Tina: I am glad that you have a solution. I don’t think everyone does.

  5. Raphaela says:

    Like Tina, I use Firefox with Adblock Plus. And I, too, have never seen an ad with Ustream.

  6. Raphaela says:

    Oops — hit “Submit” too fast. I was going to add that my setup had caused me different problems with Ustream, though. Adblock Plus offers you the option of subscribing to various providers of blocking strings. I’d done that when I installed the latest upgrade and subsequently forgot about it… and then when Fr Z’s webcam moved to Ustream I couldn’t actually see anything at all. It turned out that “Cedric’s List” of blocking strings was preventing Ustream from running. I unsubscribed from the list and all was well (Adblock Plus on its own has no issues whatsoever with Ustream. But if Ustream is channelling Google ads, I can see why Cedric’s List might choose to block it).

  7. Roland de Chanson says:

    I just checked ustream and I saw no ads of any kind. I use Firefox but as far as I know I do not have adblock plus. Just the basic adblocker which is built in. It seems to work pretty well. Sorry, can’t suggest an alternative. I’m not up on the latest technology.

  8. Kay says:

    I have never seen any ads on the video feed either. I’m using Camino browser on a Mac. It does have the option in preferences to block web advertising and popups and that is enabled.

  9. Kay says:

    Well, having clicked around a bit, I DO see that if I end up watching the cam on the Ustream website, there are ads but there is also a box to X them off. I never watched the cam from that page before though and it is much nicer to watch from within the WDTPRS pages.

  10. Matt says:

    I agree with Johan, Vespers with Fr. at his chapel would be excellent. What do you think Fr.?

  11. David Osterloh says:

    right in the middle of the beautiful music I heard this voice from heaven “testing” Is this a sign?


  12. David: Yes. You are being tested.

  13. Roland de Chanson says:

    Unless I have missed something (and I do all the time), is there a schedule of Mass times or other liturgical or devotional services via ustream (or other transmission) posted somewhere? If I knew when the TLM was to be celebrated, I would tune in.

  14. JML says:

    There was a 1950 move starring James Whitmore and Nancy(Davis)Reagan titled “The Next Voice You Hear” about God coming over the radio one night and announcing “This is God speaking. I will be with you the next few days.” and everyone’s reaction.

    Powerful family movie.

  15. Maureen says:

    Google Ads seems to be frustrating everyone. There were plenty of liberal people upset because they got ads in favor of Proposition 8 (and most of them didn’t live anywhere near California, btw); but on the other hand, pretty much every religious blog seems to have gotten the odd anti-Catholic or p*rn advertising.

    Google’s algorithms for ad placement are obviously not working well.

  16. david osterloh says:

    “You are being tested”

    Yes father, I know, I know, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa

  17. I just tuned in. There seems to be a bit of wind shaking your feeder. That’s all I can tell. I would very much enjoy seeing the liturgy in the Sabine Chapel.

  18. Chris: Yah… that happens… when it is windy.


  19. mariadevotee says:

    I am listening at 12:45 CST what is that wonderful music, Father? thanks for all you do for your cyber congregation.

  20. Kradcliffe says:

    OK… I use Firefox. I wondered why I had no idea what you were talking about.

    So… is that live? Am I watching you sit at your computer? That makes me feel kinda… creepy. I’m not saying you’re creepy – just that I feel funny watching you. I don’t feel funny about watching the bird, though.

    I hope you don’t forget and pick your nose or anything. I wouldn’t trust myself in front of a web cam like that. Heaven knows what I might do if I forget myself.

  21. pelerin says:

    Perfect sound here in Brighton UK!

  22. Father Z :

    How very cool to see you live and in person this Sunday afternoon ! Deo gratias !

  23. Martin says:

    Father, I hear you mentioning the chat room, but I cannot see how to access it from either the blog nor the ustream page.

    Perhaps you or one of your blog readers can advise me.

    Many thanks Father,

  24. Marcos ASPV says:

    I use firefox and I don’t have an ad blocker at all and I’ve never seen any google ads… Maybe that’s why I’ve had no idea what you were talking about.

  25. Father: Ustream has enormous potential to expand your apostolate. I’m looking forward to seeing what you are going to do on it. I listened and watched to your feed for much of the afternoon as I puttered around my house.

  26. Kradcliffe says:

    I am not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree… what chat room?

  27. deProfundis says:

    The chat room can only be found when you go directly to the ustream site and view there. Then you see the video feed on the left side and a chat window on the left. Hope that helps. Here is a link:

  28. Rod Phillips says:

    Recently discovered your site. I am pleased and getting hooked!

  29. Martin says:

    To Fr Z or any reader:

    When I check the ustream page, I can see the web camera box on the left, and a box on the right with ‘ads by Google’. I cannot see any way of accessing the chat room. Does one need to be a registered user of ustream?

    I have a web filter, I hope that is not blocking it.

    I just signed up to ustream but still no chat box…


  30. pelerin says:

    That was awesome to be able to watch a Mass live from the other side of the Atlantic. I had no idea at what time you celebrated it but happened to go to the site shortly after 3pm here in GB. I turned the sound off as there was a secular Christmas song being played at the time and watched in silence. Thank you Fr Z.

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