There’s a new live streaming kid on the block, and he really wants to make some new friends. Kondoot — a play on the word Conduit — is looking to fill the gap between social networking sites like Facebook and live broadcast-focused sites like Ustream. Kondoot is still a wee little baby compared to similar socially focused live streaming sites like BlogTV, Stickam and Justin.tv, which have been around since 2004, 2005 and 2007, respectively. What is lacking is an established user base, which is of course the case with most new websites. Only one person was live (not including NMR) at the time I went live. However, Kondoot, while still new, managed to nab a pretty big YouTube star, Dave Days, who goes live regularly on the site. A couple other web personas I saw who use Kondoot was King of the Web winner Louna Maroun, fitness guru John Basedow and YouTube personaility Exotic Jess. If Kondoot can continue to bring in more top tier internet faces, it has a good chance of competing and staying afloat in the treacherous web start-up waters.
I played around with Kondoot for a few hours and found it incredibly easy to set up an account for NMR and was able to go live in under 3 minutes. The streaming quality looked great and worked well with the office webcam (a Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910). This is as barebones as it gets for live streaming, but its simplicity lends well to not-so-tech-savvy people who want to start going live. The mostly webcam-based live streamers give the site a personal feel and does a great job of breaking the fourth wall, so to speak. Kondoot also has a neat mobile app that lets you broadcast from your smartphone, which all the big boys in the live streaming world have as well. The quality was as good as it gets for a smartphone camera, and there was noticeable lag, but that is to be expected. What I would have liked to see in the app was the ability to see the chat box to better interact with viewers. Chat box aside, the app was easy to use, and I was logged in and streaming in a couple minutes.
Kondoot lacks any advertising and plans to make its cash-money-dolla-dolla-bills by providing the users with a pay-per-view platform. It will allow streamers to require anyone who wants to view them to purchase a ticket. Kondoot takes a 20% cut of the ticket sales, and the streamers keep the rest. Kondoot has its eyes on music festivals as a major source of revenue. YouTube has recently become the live streaming host for some major music festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo, whose streams were absolutely free. Whether anyone will actually pay to watch a concert on their computer remains to be seen.
How will Kondoot fair against the myriad of other live streaming sites already out there? Can they make it past the start-up hurdles and establish themselves as the go-to live streaming platform for internet personalities, bands and random Joe Schmoes who want to go live? Only time will tell.