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    Mahin, different people have different experiences with Skype. For my part, I was somewhat unsatisfied with the way the video seemed to stutter and the sound wasn't quite in synch with the video. We kept interrupting each other. But my friend's husband uses it to call his family in New Zealand all the time and is quite happy with it.

    I still use Skype for private lessons, even though my connection is less than ideal. It is by far the best way to connect with a teacher long-distance. There is a new service called powhow (Powhow - Live Webcam Classes™) that a few people are talking about. I have not used it yet.

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    Thanks for the info, Aziyade! I'll check out the Powhow site :-)

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    They take a cut (unspecified in the TOU Agreement) of your profits. I don't trust anything that isn't explicitly open about how much of a cut they are taking. With ebay & paypal at least they are open about how much they are taking.

    As a both a teacher & a student I think I'll stick to the skype model.
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    as a performer,dvds for me x

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    Is there an alternative technology to Skype? Like FaceTime for iphones, but for computer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aziyade View Post
    Is there an alternative technology to Skype? Like FaceTime for iphones, but for computer?
    Once upon a time there was something called NetMeeting, but I haven't used it in >10 years and have no idea if it still exists.

    I am sure there are other alternatives for video transmitting as well, but I don't use any of them myself.
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    netmeeting still exists. I had the fun of using it for a union meeting a few weeks ago. (in other news, Australia is getting a bellydance union!)
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    Personally, I like the streaming option. I get bored very quickly with instructional dvd's and rarely watch them more than a few times which I can easily do with a one week rental. If I don't like it I'm not stuck with the hard copy to fob off.
    As someone who learns visually by following it's a bonus.
    I've downloaded several now and there are only two which made me think meh!
    I got a lot out of Outi's Egyptianize your dance (my favourite) and Tamalyn Dalahls as well as Ruby Bey's, all really good Raqstv streams. All very different with the exception of engaging your core strength.
    I also really enjoyed Hannan Sultans Veil workshop but that's because my veil work needed improving.
    Okay so one week isn't very long which is why I time my purchases with my days off and as someone who already has a good foundation in middle eastern dance it pays off.
    I would not recommend most of them for the complete beginner.
    I expect we'll see more of them in the future.

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    Thanks for your detailed reply, nigma. That's a position I didn't consider in my opposition. I like having a hard copy I can work on over time. I'll recommend the live streaming to any students with good internet access who are visual learners.
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    I want to make it perfectly clear here that I am NOT advocating taking or repurposing online content (in any form) that is against the TOU.
    Last edited by Aziyade; 09-17-2012 at 05:52 PM.

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