WILX Launches Live-Streaming App

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

"In our testing, we have found that the quality is actually better than we've seen through web streaming."

-WILX Chief Engineer Mike Winsky

Want to live stream WILX from the palm of your hand? There's an app for that.

Starting today, you can watch our newscasts in real time from your cell phone. All you need is a smartphone and the app. We're the first to have it in the area, and the technology is brand new. It's perfect for viewers to watch the news when it's convenient for them.

If you're anything like mom Alicia Brown, it can be tough to tune into WILX sometimes.

"School's starting back up, trying to run around and get school supplies, football practice, things like that," Brown said. "So, I'm missing the evening show, and trying to get to bed early even."

Now no matter your schedule and where life takes you, WILX can be there with the brand new Syncbak app.

"This is for mobile devices and the technology in Syncbak is very new technology, and works very, very well," WILX Chief Engineer Mike Winsky said.

That technology means if there's no TV or computer around, it's no problem.

"I can't carry my laptop around with me everywhere, it's kind of big and bulky," Brown said.

You can still watch our broadcasts live without the bulk. All you need is a smart phone or tablet, and of course, the Syncbak app.

You can download it by going to the app store on your smart phone, then search Syncbak and its page comes up. It's a free app, so you click the "free" icon, and then it starts installing. Once you download it, the icon will appear on your homescreen, and it will automatically find our station for you.

"In our testing, we have found that the quality is actually better than we've seen through web streaming," Winsky said.

There shouldn't be a delay, and it works as long as you're in the Mid-Michigan area. If you miss a broadcast or forget to set the DVR, don't worry. Our broadcasts will be stored for three days on the app. It's a Video On Demand feature that gives you access to stories you missed any time you'd like to watch.

"Sometimes my sister calls me and she's like, 'Did you catch this on the news?' And I don't catch it, so it would be great if I could go back and watch it," Brown said.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said the app is perfect for his busy lifestyle.

"WILX morning, noon, and night, and I don't even need to be near a TV or even a computer," Mayor Bernero said. "You mean I can get WILX right here, right now, like I get my other information. This is how we are today, right? It's a mobile society, it had to happen and leave it to WILX to be first."

The mayor said he's the least high tech person in his family, but he'll definitely be downloading the app.

The app will also ask for geo-locator information, but it's not to spy on you. It only does that so it can work anywhere within our broadcast range.

When you leave the Mid-Michigan area, the app will automatically give you options for other stations that use Syncbak.


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