I have been following QIK since I have been interested in video streaming since it is a classic IMS application.
However, QIK raises the bar for IMS i.e if all these features below are possible without optimising the network in any way, then the technology is truly impressive(which is the reason for this blog i.e. I like the service but I think there is something unique in the core technology if it does not need the network to be optimised
a) QIK is a video streaming service. QIK launched into private alpha around Christmas 2007 and went live into public alpha on July 21, 2008. They say that they have a large userbase in more than 100 countries. Splits by country are not available. They have got considerable coverage in the blogosphere in Gigaom and others.
b) Qik’s live video streaming comes with a chat overlay, so that users watching on the web can type in their questions, comments, and feedback as they view – those remarks show up on the producer’s mobile screen. Users (individuals and media houses) have used the chat feature around videos.
c) Qik streams live to the web, so users can also watch archived videos from your cell phone, via Qik’s mobile site or the standard podcasting clients which come on smartphones.
d) QIK have several popular integrations. Users can set up their accounts so that all videos they stream also push directly to theirYouTube account once the stream has terminated and no separate upload is necessary. They can also offer the option of alerting Twitter and Pownce followers when you are live, with a direct link to the livestream within the tweet. (Qik also offers SMS and email notifications.) Mogulus has also been a partner for QIK, as QIK users who have their live, 24/7 online TV channel there can integrate the Qik experience from their mobile phones into their Mogulus channel. They have a similar integration with Justin.tv as well as with Seesmic.
e) There is no optimal length for video. Users can stream live from Qik as long as the handset has the power to keep going. QIK do not throttle usage in any way.
f) QIK has no specific device integration
g) At the moment, QIK’s emphasis is on building the community. There is no business model/revenue model and it is not advertisement funded
h) In QIK, groups are a way to stream and share with specific individuals, or to create micro-communities around common affinities, associations or interests. QIK has groups based on a number of areas like family-exclusive groups to departments within larger organizations using groups to aggregate and experience Qik videos.