The i OS update for streaming is coming later this quarter.So in order to do this today you’ll need Android, along with the latest firmware version (which is done via the Android app, also a nice touch).Whereas Go Pro with the Hero4 lineup also has Bluetooth pairing to kick start the process, but I find it often really finicky to get setup the first time and is overly complicated.At any rate, when it comes to streaming, HTC announced the functionality at CES and followed up with Android-first streaming options.The ability to stream in real time (live) video footage from action cams remains a bit of the holy grail of sports action.Today, 99.99% of what you see on TV is done via broadcast quality cameras and equipment, with almost nothing in the consumer realm.
Once I got past that though, it was smooth sailing.In any case, once that’s done you can go ahead and actually start a live activity. Note that you have to be connected to a mobile/cellular network, you can’t use Wi Fi in the house/office on your phone, because the Wi Fi connection is being used to connect to the HTC camera already. It’ll take a few seconds to get the stream up and running and during that time the aspect ratio of the preview image will change a bit.Now with that set you can simply go back to the main page and you’ll see a live streaming icon at the bottom. It’ll also start a 30-minute count-down timer, which is the per-video limit that HTC has setup.Then the app will walk you through setting up whether or not you want any contacts notified, or if you want the session listed as Public or Unlisted.Oddly, you can only notify people via text message and not via e-mail.Note that there is one action camera out there that I saw at CES that has a built-in LTE chipset in it.Or rather, has it built into the action camera document.The app poorly renders the You Tube pages, but it’s OK, it all works out.Once you’re done there, go ahead and click the ‘Done’ button at the bottom of the app.But, the solution is very much home grown and not likely to easily find itself in the hands of consumers.Over the past year or so a few solutions have come onto the market that allow you to pair a normal action camera with your phone and then broadcast that footage to the world.