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Hello Streema Friends!

Labor Day is coming up this Monday in the US and here at Streema we were just reflecting on the labor related to this blog, so we wanted to share some thoughts with you. :)

First of all, we can honestly say we've enjoyed taking the time to let you know about what we're up to at Streema on this blog, whether it's telling you about new features that we launch or about a methodology we are using. We've also enjoyed commenting on popular events going on around the globe, like the Glastonbury Festival or the World Cup 2014.

Speaking of the World Cup, regular blog readers may have noticed that we got really excited about it - and as a result we published more blog posts in that month than we did in the first half of the year. We even published two infographics! This is something we had never done at our blog before and got us thinking that we should do more of it.

So, over the next few months we're going to be more active on this blog, sharing more with you, as well as adding different types of content that are related to the world of radio.

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

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The World Cup 2014 finished roughly a week ago and we can see how people are feeling the withdrawal syndrome of having no national football team - or soccer ;) - to watch on a daily basis!

Here at Streema, we have many football fans that were very enthusiastic about the World Cup. Also, since this was a huge global event that was going to be broadcasted on radio as well as television, many of us thought it would be a good opportunity to experiment with a live event - the following were the challenges, surprises and results.

Experiment

The goal was to research how many people we could reach if we designed and implemented custom pages for each Match for an event such as the World Cup. To do so, we developed new assets to make sure people were able to watch and listen to the games as well as notifications on our site to make sure people were aware of the games, specially when they were live.

We focused a lot of our energy on the Match Page, which contained the main TV and radio stations that were broadcasting each match. In order to stimulate some discussion - or banter between opposing team fans ;) - we also added the possibility to interact with other users with a Facebook comment box.

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Additionally, we developed a Notification Bar that appeared 1 hour before each match, and stayed open during the 2 hours informing the game that was being played.

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As for general communication, we wrote 10 blog posts (including this one) that were posted through Hootsuite, which means it was replicated in our Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Linkedin accounts.

As this was the first live event we’ve worked on, we divided the work in 3 stages: from June 12-15 for the first 11 matches, from June 16-22 for the next 21 matches, and from June 23-July 13 for the remaining 32. In each stage we made a revision and introduced some minor changes.

Here were some of the questions we had at the beginning:

- How many people can we reach?

- How could it affect our monetization?

- Would our tech infrastructure be ready?

- How many TV and/or Radio stations will we find for each match?

- How many bugs, updates and additional work will this represent?

We made sure to check all of the questions in each stage - if the results we’re good, we would decide to discontinue the experiment. Fortunately enought though, this wasn’t the case. :)

Challenges

The first challenge was finding the TV and radio stations that would broadcast each the first 32 matches of the Cup (or in other words, the two first stages of our plan). This was a whole lot of work since we never did this before and since most of the stations did not have a timetable with all their programming, so it was really difficult to know which station would broadcast each match. Actually, this would be one of the main reasons people refer to Streema to find particular live show and it is a yet unresolved problem on the web.

Another challenge was that many stations were not prepared to handle such traffic spikes, so in many cases, when a station reached a certain threshold in number of viewers, it would stop working for any new users and we’d have to scramble looking for alternative channels.

And the final challenge, the toughest one, was that most of the stations had a license to broadcast in a particular country, so more often than not, when people from outside the country tried to tune in those people wouldn’t be able to listen to or watch anything. :/

Surprises

For the kickoff match of the cup, between Brazil and Croatia, we had to add new webservers because we clearly couldn’t handle the traffic with our current setup. In particular, we made a deploy in the middle of the match and the servers were not able to handle the load while it got redistributed.

Another surprise was that the social interactions in a live event tend to be more frequent and intense than during a regular broadcast.  Even though we didn't put the comment box front and center (it was actually below the fold) we found more usage of that feature than is usually seen on our site.  We found this to be very interesting and in line with our origins as a social network for radio listeners.

And finally, the sheer amount of work and attention to detail required to cover a live event with all the right content and timing.  This was a first for us, so we take many learnings from this experience!

Results

Roughly a quarter million people watched and listened to the 64 Matches over the 25 days of the World Cup through our Match Pages, while an equal amount watched through the actual radio and TV profile pages.

Also, which would you think was the most viewed/listen to match of the World Cup through Streema? You would have never guessed that it was: Germany vs Portugal in the Group Phase; then the opening game, Brazil vs Croatia; and in the third place of our rankings, the Final between Germany vs Argentina .

On the social media front, the Infographic we developed for the Group Phase called “The Best (and Worst) Predictions of the World Cup’s Group Phase” became our most popular post to date. We hope the same happens with our last one: “The Best (and Worst) Predictions of the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil [Infographic]”. :)

To wrap up, we can truthfully say it was an exciting experience to finally work on a live event and we’re glad it was useful to so many of our users!

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

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Hi Streema Soccer Fans!

Following the interest that our post on World Cup predictions generated around the web, we decided to do another one - this time covering the entire tournament, from start to finish.

We analyzed the original predictions from the Group Stage through to the World Cup Final for the same organizations as before - ESPN, PwC, Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, The Economist, and Yahoo - and then added EA Sports and Reuters. These last two hadn't been included in the previous analysis and we're glad we included them this time!

Again we found some surprising results, you would never guess which organizations made the best predictions! Check it out in the infographic below.

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2014 WORLD CUP - THE BEST (AND WORST) PREDICTIONS

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If you're interested, you can find the details of the analysis here.

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Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

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Hello Streema Soccer Fans!

The FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil came to a close yesterday after a weekend full of football.

On Saturday it was Brazil's turn to show that they could earn 3rd place against the tough Dutch side. Those hopes didn't last very long as the Netherlands went up 2-0 in the first 20 minutes of the game. And at the end of the match, the 3-0 score showed that the Netherlands were fair winners of the 3rd place game.

On Sunday, on a beautiful afternoon in Maracana Stadium, everyone was getting ready for the final match of the tournament, between Germany and Argentina. Leading up to the match we had the Closing Ceremony featuring Shakira, guitarist Carlos Santana, and renowned Brazilian artists like Ivete Sangalo, Carlinhos Brown, and Alexandre Pires. As soon as FIFATV has an official video we'll be sure to post it!

After the Closing Ceremony ended, the game between Germany and Argentina began. To summarize a very exciting match in very few words: Germany took the initiative with more possession throughout the game while Argentina had the better scoring chances. But as former English forward Gary Lineker once said: "Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win." And yes, the Germans won it in the 113th minute and became the FIFA World Cup 2014 Champions, winning their 4th World Cup!

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Anyway, for those soccer fans out there that follow our blog, we are close to wrapping up our series of World Cup posts. It's been an exciting - and surprising - World Cup and we can't wait for Russia 2018.

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

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Hello!

It's been a crazy couple of days at the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil in which the semifinals we're as exciting as they were unpredictable. On Tuesday Germany crushed Brazil 7-1 in a game that was decided within the first 30 minutes of the match and on Wednesday Argentina defeated The Netherlands in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 game, where Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero became the hero by saving two penalty shots.

We're now in the last stretch of the tournament, with the World Cup Final this Sunday between Germany and Argentina. And of course, to warm things up, Brazil and The Netherlands will be vying for 3rd place on Saturday. More details below!

Saturday July 12 at 4pm EST
3rd Place Match: Brazil vs Netherlands

Sunday July 13 at 3pm EST
World Cup Final: Germany vs Argentina

Who will finally be World Cup Champion? Will it be Germany for the 4th time in history or will it be Argentina's 3rd? Follow the game live at Streema on Sunday and find out!

Stay tuned!

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Hello Streema Soccer Fans,

The world's biggest event is heading into it's final stages! Last Friday and Saturday we had the FIFA World Cup 2014 Quarterfinal matches, with four very exciting games as Germany, Brazil, Argentina and The Netherlands won their respective games. On a not-so-positive note, Brazilian star and offensive midfielder Neymar was injured and will now miss the rest of the World Cup.

As for the Semifinal games coming up tomorrow and Wednesday, here are the details:

Tuesday July 8th at 4pm EST
Brazil vs Germany

Wednesday July 9th at 4pm EST
Netherlands vs Argentina

As always, you can watch or listen to the Semifinal games at Streema. Just follow the links above and enjoy a soccer packed Friday and Saturday!

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

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Hi Streema Soccer Fans!

After a very exciting Round of 16, the Quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup 2014 are kicking off today! At the end of the day tomorrow, we'll know who the Semifinalists are - France, Germany, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Belgium, The Netherlands and Costa Rica will be the stars of this stage, but only four will advance.

Before we get into that, though, let's do a very quick recap of the Round of 16 in case you missed it: Colombia beat Uruguay in a simpler match than most would have expected; France struggled some but finally beat Nigeria; Netherlands almost lost but turned the game around in the final few minutes to beat Mexico; Germany, Argentina, and Belgium struggled a whole lot but won in overtime; Costa Rica beat Greece in a breathtaking match, after penalty kicks; and Brazil got lucky and beat Chile, also in penalty kicks.

Now, back to the Quarterfinals! Here's the lineup for today and tomorrow:

Today Friday July 4, 2014
1pm France vs Germany
5pm Brazil vs Colombia

Tomorrow Saturday July 5, 2014
1pm Argentina vs Belgium
5pm Netherlands vs Costa Rica

As usual, you can watch or listen to these games and more here at Streema. Just follow the links above and enjoy a soccer packed Friday and Saturday!

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

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Hi Streema Soccer Fans!

What does a sports network like ESPN, an accounting firm like PwC, and a banking powerhouse like Goldman Sachs have in common? Not much, other than they all made predictions for this World Cup. :)

Just for fun, we looked at how these predictions faired in the Group Phase that recently wrapped up. We analyzed each of the predictions from these three organizations as well as for Bloomberg, The Economist, and Yahoo. Specifically in ESPN's case they had both a crowdsourced prediction through the ESPN Bracket Predictor feature as well as a more editorial prediction through FiveThirtyEight a recently launched ESPN-owned website, so we included both. In our analysis, we found some surprising results and you would never guess which organization made the best Group Phase predictions. You can see that and more in the infographic below. :)

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2014 WORLD CUP PREDICTIONS GROUPSTAGE

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The Streema Team

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Hi Streema Soccer Fans!

It’s been an awesome Group Round at the FIFA World Cup 2014 and the teams are now getting ready for the Round of 16, which starts in a few hours.

There were upsets, exciting games, and many surprises along the way. As expected, Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and The Netherlands took the first place in their respective groups. On the other hand, previous World Cup 2010 Champion Spain started the tournament getting crushed by a Dutch team looking for revenge from the Final four years ago and didn’t make it past the Group Round. Equally surprising was that neither Italy nor England made it in the "Group of Death", where Costa Rica emerged as one of the unexpected successes, advancing to the Round of 16 for the 2nd time in only four World Cup appearances.

As for the players, top players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez unfortunately won’t continue in the World Cup, but for very different reasons: the first because his team couldn't make it past the group stage and the second because he took a leaf from Hannibal Lecter's playbook. Also, barring a miracle, it looks like Argentine forward Kun Agüero won’t recover in time from his slight injury to play in Argentina's next game against Switzerland.

However, in the running for the Golden Shoe Award, top scorers Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr are doing their thing with 4 goals each, but Thomas Mueller is right up there with them for a three way tie, with six other players right behind with 3 goals. The previous World Cup top scorer, Mueller himself, had 5 goals at the end of the 2010 tournament, so it looks like this year's leading scorer at the end on the World Cup will greatly exceed that number.

As for the matches coming up in the Round of 16, they are nonetheless are very exciting! Here’s a rundown of what's coming up during the next four days:

Saturday June 28th
1pm Brazil vs Chile 
5pm Colombia vs Uruguay

Sunday June 29th
1pm Netherlands vs Mexico
5pm Costa Rica vs Greece

Monday June 30th
1pm France vs Nigeria
5pm Germany vs Algeria

Tuesday July 1st
1pm Argentina vs Switzerland
5pm Belgium vs USA

As usual, you can watch or listen to these games and more here at Streema. Have a great soccer weekend!

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

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What an exciting start to the World Cup! Not only have the fans from all over the world been cheering their hearts out, but also the Brazilian fans have been great hosts.

With all teams debuting this past few days in this edition of the tournament there's definitely a lot to talk about! Of course, the surprises: defending champions Spain went down 5-1 against The Netherlands and must win their next match against Chile; and two-time World Cup winner Uruguay lost their initial match 3-1 against Costa Rica, having a very complicated road ahead.

There has also been some tough matches: Italy beat England in a clash of titans and Germany, France, and Colombia crushed their opponents. As for the four-time FIFA Player of the Year Award recipient Lionel Messi, his team, two-time World Cup winner Argentina showed why they are one of the favorites, but only in the 2nd half of the match against Bosnia.

This coming week will be a very exciting one for the World Cup, so check out what's coming up! Will Uruguay and Spain stay alive? Will the Netherlands continue their masterful play?

Day 6 Tuesday June 17th
1pm Belgium vs Algeria
4pm Brazil vs Mexico
7pm Russia vs South Korea 

Day 7 Wednesday June 18th
1pm Australia vs Netherlands 
4pm Spain vs Chile
7pm Cameroon vs Croatia

Day 8 Thursday June 19th
1pm Colombia vs Ivory Coast
4pm Uruguay vs England
7pm Japan vs Greece

Day 9 Friday June 20th
1pm Italy vs Costa Rica
4pm Switzerland vs France
7pm Honduras vs Ecuador

Day 10 Saturday June 21st
1pm Argentina vs Iran
4pm Germany vs Ghana
7pm Nigeria vs Bosnia Herzegovina

Day 11 Sunday June 22nd
1pm Belgium vs Russia
4pm South Korea vs Algeria
7pm USA vs Portugal 

After these games are over, we'll have the final matches of the Group Stage where teams will play simultaneously if they are in the same group, but more on that in the next blog post. In the mean time, enjoy the World Cup soccer at Streema!

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

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