|The live streaming of the MegaUpload founder’s extradition hearing in New Zealand could be watched with warped pictures, delayed audio and dwindling viewership. Kim Dotcom continues to fight against extradition to the United States, which wants him on online piracy charges.
He was even granted permission to live stream the court hearing on YouTube, provided that it would be deleted when the case ends (6-8 weeks’ time). The video airs after a 20-minute delay in case any evidence was suppressed. It must be noted that this court case is the first in the country to be live streamed.
The court proceedings have already begun broadcasting, though there were immediate technical issues with fractured pictures and delayed audio. This made it difficult for many people to understand what was going on in the court. However, Kim Dotcom enjoyed the live stream from the comfort of a leather chair at his “home court”.
Those who did watch it said that it was just very complex, dry analysis, and the pictures and audio were out of sync. In other words, there wasn’t any game-changer. It seems like Kim Dotcom had exaggerated the dramatic interest of his case, which in fact was difficult for even the most seasoned law professionals to follow.
In the meantime, during the lunch hour in New Zealand, the number of viewers of the case peaked at more than 800. Later, it declined to about 500, and then to 400 after 3pm. However, even if only 3% of those viewers were New Zealanders, the live stream was worth it, because there are people in remote regions watching who would have otherwise never had the opportunity to watch a court case live.
Sunday, September 4th, 2016
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