Take time to see more of Orlando

While Orlando is rightfully known as the theme park capital of the world, the City Beautiful and it's surrounding communities offer a host of activities that keep us locals busy.

The New York Times recently published their suggestions for how to spend 36 hours in Orlando. It's a good primer for the visitor who wants to explore more of O-Town and it's neighbors, no matter how many hours you have!

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/01/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-orlando-florida.html

Orlando Lake Eola NYT
Orlando's Lake Eola - image from NYT article.

 


Frequently Asked Questions - Answered

Live streaming continues to gain traction as the next step in corporate communications, branding and consumer engagement. Our job is to make it easy to take the next step.

While we're always available to answer your calls by phone or email, one new way we're answering them is with our Frequently Asked Questions page on the Orlando Webcasts website. It's an easy way to learn a bit more about webcasts and live streaming when you're not sure what questions to ask! One of our most important tasks is to educate and inform our clients about options, services and capabilities.

If you're needing webcast and live streaming services in Orlando - or anywhere in the United States - spend a few minutes on our FAQ page and then give us a call or send an email with your follow-up questions. We're here to help!

Call Orlando Webcasts at 407-362-9490, or visit our website at https://www.orlandowebcasts.com.

FAQ Page Orlando Webcasts
A portion of the Frequently Asked Questions page 

Happy 2018! We're back to work and ready to live stream your keynote, town hall, meeting or other event! Contact us at 407-362-9490 to ask about our services, pricing and availability. We're here daily 9am-5pm.

Season's Greetings from Orlando Webcasts

When you grow up in Florida, as I did, the holiday season looks and feels considerably different from northern states. That said, unless you had a heated swimming pool, it was still too cold for most natives to take a swim in late December! Perhaps we're a bit 'lightweight' when it comes to handling the cold, but we'll gladly suffer through the 70 and 80 degree days in the winter.

My uncle owned an orange grove in Central Florida and it was this time of year when the oranges were on the tree, ripening in advance of a January picking. While most of his oranges were destined to become juice, he had a few naval, tangerine and other varieties that he maintained for our family. I enjoyed picking oranges from the tree and eating one before we departed the grove. They were always delicious.

Oranges, in a way, also represented the holidays.  Like snow on the ground, an orange on the tree was a sure sign the holidays were upon us. So this holiday season, enjoy some traditional meals and drinks, and maybe, just maybe, eat an orange. I sure will. Happy Holidays!

Santa in a Florida orange grove.
Santa in a Florida orange grove.

Streaming Saturday - A favorite returns

Almost a year ago, we discovered the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam in Fort Myers, FL. The webcams are mounted above the nest of two Bald Eagles, Harriet and M15. The webcams are turned on in the fall and usually run through the spring before being turned off during the summer months. This past week, Harriet laid two eggs which, with luck, will hatch sometime in late December. **UPDATE** Both eggs hatched in late December.

You can read the whole story of the Eagle Cam at https://www.dickpritchettrealestate.com/eagle-feed.html#

Watch and maybe you'll get hooked like we did!


Giving Thanks

We hope you enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be spending time with family and friends during our three-day break between November 22-24. We'll be back in the office on Monday, November 27th.

While we should give thanks throughout the year, this holiday provides an opportunity to reflect on the past year. We certainly are thankful for our wonderful clients who call on us when they need live streaming services. Our contractors, vendors and partners are simply outstanding and we couldn't succeed without their assistance.

Calling Orlando home is just one of the items we're grateful for this year.
Calling Orlando home is just one of the items we're grateful for this year.
Photo by Mike Forrester

Lastly, I am personally thankful for my family and the sacrifices they make in allowing me to pursue my passion. I'm fortunate to be working in an industry that excites and challenges me every day - and provides satisfaction in seeing projects completed successfully. It's been a great year.

Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.

- Mike Forrester


October Surprises

Fall weather is finally in the air in Orlando! Cooler temperatures and lower humidity are making for great days to be outside, though nearly every job we have is inside! Nonetheless, we'll take it!

Morning sunrise in Central Florida
Sunrise and blue skies in Central Florida

It's days like the one in the picture above that reminds me of why Central Florida is my home.

October days have been filled with webcasting projects. We spent three days at Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel and Spa this month encoding a webcast for Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC). The production required three satellite trucks that downlinked presenters from other cities, and uplinked local presentations to other cities. A great production and we were pleased to encode the meeting for the web audience.

Satellite trucks and production trailer
Satellite trucks and production trailer

 

Conference Center at Grand Floridian Hote
Conference Center at Grand Floridian Hotel and Spa

 

Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel and Spa
Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel and Spa

 

Encoding station for the webcast
Encoding station for the webcast

We look forward to Halloween and continued cool weather here in the Sunshine State. If you need webcasting, filming of a conference or meeting, or other video production services, you can reach Orlando Webcasts at 407-362-9490.


Are you ready to webcast?

Meetings and conferences are wonderful to attend and are usually filled with informative, educational and even entertaining presentations. Webcasts expand the reach of your events to those who couldn't attend. Whether live, or on-demand, filming and streaming your event allows additional impact and influence that otherwise may be lost.

In fact, the cost of 6 or 7 plane tickets could likely the cost of webcasting your meeting or conference keynote and important sessions to your employees, associates, volunteers, trainees or other stakeholders. Those same live events are viewable on-demand for six months at no additional charge, so those in attendance can also benefit from the webcast.

Webcasts extend the reach and impact of important announcements
Webcasts extend the reach and impact of important announcements

Are you ready to webcast? Not sure? Give Orlando Webcasts a call. We'll discuss your conference, meeting or event and how live streaming could benefit your company or organization. We can be reached at 407-362-9490 between 9:00am and 5:00pm Eastern Time, Monday to Friday.


Happy Independence Day!

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day holiday! We'll be enjoying time with friends and family, but we'll be back to work July 5th.
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Can you spot the raptor in the photo? This shot comes from my neighborhood where a red-shouldered hawk sits atop the light post in the distance just about every morning. We're both early risers!


Orlando Hits - Beefy King

Orlando is known for it's theme parks, but there's plenty more to see and experience. This is the first in a series of posts highlighting some personal Orlando favorites.

For 49 years, there's been a restaurant serving Orlando that, in my opinion, is one-of-a-kind. The Beefy King restaurant on Bumby Avenue serves up steamed roast beef sandwiches that are not only delicious, but legendary. While there were once six Beefy King restaurants in Central Florida, this is the only remaining location.

Beefy King restaurant
Beefy King, 424 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando

They're only open for lunch Monday-Saturday, so plan on a short wait unless you avoid the lunch rush. I'd suggest ordering inside (they have a drive-thru if you're in a rush) and soaking up the 1968 decor while enjoying a made-to-order sandwich.

Beefy King Interior
Beefy King interior. TripAdvisor photo

This TripAdvisor report sums it up nicely: Steamed roast beef goodness

Here's a link to the Beefy King website: beefyking.com

Beefy King, 424 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando, FL 32803
Hours M-F: 10:00am-5:30pm, Saturday 11:00am-3:00pm, closed Sunday.

Sure there are hundreds of other restaurants to enjoy in Orlando, but I like restaurants that count on locals, not visitors, to stay in business. Beefy King has a loyal following and seems to take pride in being a hometown success. 

Full disclosure: I've been one of those loyal customers since the early 1970's, first at their Kissimmee location on Bermuda Avenue, then West Vine Street, then finally Bumby Avenue for the last 30 or so years.