Dreamstage, the HD live streaming platform focused on bringing live music shows to fans around the world, today launched its channel on the Roku streaming platform. The move gives Dreamstage access to Roku’s reports 56.4 million active accounts.
The Roku channel will allow viewers to take full advantage of their home theater and home theater setups when they were previously limited to streaming via the web or an iOS app.
Dreamstage streamed a Johnny Marr performance event on November 10 called “Live at the Crazy” factory which was filmed in his Crazy Face Factory studio. Marr and his band recorded the next album Parts of fever dreams. 1-4. Dreamstage staggered four streaming start times throughout the day to allow viewers from different time zones to see the show in an evening hour. After the fourth stream, the show will be available to stream for three days before disappearing.
This limited availability preserves the “event quality” that Dreamstage is trying to bring to its musical performance experience. The $ 21.75 ticket gave Johnny Marr fans the chance to attend an intimate event and re-watch the show as many times as they wanted.
There is a group chat feature available via the browser stream and fans were able to interact and discuss the performance the moment it happened. A Shop button allows fans to purchase an exclusive t-shirt or poster and pre-order the new album on CD or vinyl in advance of the February 25, 2022 release date.
Dreamstage allows a ticket buyer to stream from two devices at the same time, so it was easy to enjoy the highest quality performance on my TV while joining the conversation via a web browser on a laptop.
This follows a recent Duran Duran event to coincide with the release of their new album, Past future. The band held a live question and answer session and premiered a new documentary film on the making of the video for their latest single “Anniversary”.
Dreamstage also broadcasts live club shows at Nashville’s legendary venue The Basement East. Shows are available for around $ 15, and viewers tune in to watch it live as it happens. If you are a fan of indie rock or American, Basement East will have a lot of interesting concerts for you. Upcoming shows include Hayes Carll, Bre Kennedy, and Ron Gallo.
The service is not limited to just one type of music, offering a wide range of shows aimed at serious music fans of all genres. Previous events have featured cellist Yo-Yo Ma, an acoustic performance by metal band Mastodon from their hometown Georgia Aquarium, Latin duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, rapper D Smoke, reggae artist Sean Paul and hitmakers alternative Train.
The Roku channel offers users three choices for streaming quality. Automatic will stream in the highest quality available up to 4K UHD (approximately 7.7GB / hour). Moderate will stream up to HD quality (approximately 2.0GB / hour). And the Save data setting will be transmitted in SD quality (about 0.7GB / hour).
When a user wants to buy a ticket for a show, the app displays a QR code that opens a web page on a mobile device. This workaround allows Dreamstage to avoid the hefty in-app purchase fees that a platform like Roku might charge.
If you’re not a Roku user, there’s also an Apple TV app that works identically to the Roku channel, using the same streaming settings and QR code purchasing system.
Tech companies have been trying to deliver an effective live music streaming experience for more than two decades, and no one has gotten it before. Dreamstage hits all the right notes for artists, offering great video and audio streaming quality, a simple payment system, interactivity with fans, and the ability to sell merchandise. With Roku streaming added to the mix, there’s a big chance that music fans will follow.