A WebTogether is like a Get Together without geographic limitations. Here Jon Eakes is hosting live interactive meetings that go beyond simple webinars and talking head presentations. Jon brings modern technology in his own studio and his 35 years of TV experience actively to the web. Welcome aboard.
The first of two streams are regular live broadcasts for the general public, much like Jon’s HGTV shows that were so popular from 1996 to 2004 and his ongoing CJAD Montreal hot line radio show -- only here we have pictures. With Just Ask Jon on the Web he will be answering your questions, often live with you, and broadcasting across North America. Check the site for the next live broadcast, or simply to watch the last one in playback.
Go to the WebTogether.ca site anytime to see a re-run of the last live broadcast. On the site you can also sign-up to receive notices of the next live broadcast. If you are having problems with old hot links to the broadcasts, or even bookmarks that are not working, it is probably because we have upgraded the site from http to https. The addition of the "s" means secured and Google is forcing everyone in this direction. So the full correct address for the broadcasts is https://webtogether.ca/
www.WebTogether.ca will usually work unless you have a cookie on your machine that doesn't have the "s" in "https".
If you would like to see archives of the broadcasts further back, they are all posted on the AskJonEakes UStream channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ask-jon-eakes-live-home-improvements If you are just looking for the hot link page that leads to things mentioned on specific broadcasts, that link that is just below the viewer window of all the live broadcasts, just look up WebTogether as a keyword on this site and find your show date. Use the SEARCH tab above.
The second stream is by invitation only. Here Jon brings together construction professionals with questions and other experts with answers. These are sessions focused on specific topics, often with a very small group of people, sometimes open to a wide professional audience. Check the site for scheduled upcoming broadcasts and details on how Jon might help you solve a construction related problem.
To contact Jon with a professional construction problem that you would like to discuss with others, contact Jon at: ProfessionalWebTogether@JonEakes.com
We collect questions from comments and questions you send into Jon's web site. If you particularly want (or don’t want) your question answered on the web broadcast, please indicate that in the question. You can send in your question on any of the forms in the Contact tab on either JonEakes.com or WebTogether.ca.
From the large number of questions Jon receives every week, he tries to select ones that would interest the most people, or deal with important safety or health aspects of our homes. And of course He doesn’t want to answer the same question every week; that is why he has put 2000 of those questions and answers into the site’s searchable database and adds more every week.
If we are considering your question for the broadcast we will probably contact you for photos. Don’t just try to send us photos as with modern digital photography the public is often too generous with photos, sometimes filling our storage capacity for no good reason. Sometimes Jon will ask you to check something out or do some kind of test before talking on the broadcast – it just moves the question along further and is far more interesting to watch.
In the 1980’s it was impossible to do live interaction on TV beyond a given time zone because of the time shifting of the broadcast – each region got the 6pm news at 6pm. You could interview someone on the phone but if they lived in another time zone than the broadcast studio, they wouldn’t see the picture for another two hours. With the advent of cable TV, programs were broadcast simultaneously in all five time zones – so it was possible to talk to someone on the telephone about what was going on in the TV studio – and everyone was all together – they could follow it directly on the TV. That is how Jon's live coast-to-coast hot line show Just Ask Jon Eakes on HGTV Canada back in 1996 was produced.
Then came the web which has its own unique time-shifting problems. Although Skype and other face-to-face programs get the video and the audio together at almost the same time, you are all aware how quality can drop out, or the video and audio can separate from each other, if not simply disappear. A web broadcast is far more stable, though not as perfect as a TV broadcast, but there is about a 30 second delay from the studio to your computer. That doesn’t matter much if you are watching the broadcast and texting comments to the studio through a chat box. However if you want to talk with the studio on a telephone and see the broadcast image 30 seconds later, that makes for a very strange conversation.
To work around the delay of streaming broadcasting while trying to keep the quality of the audio high, we have have developed a work-around. We connect with you either prior to the show, or through chat on the site of the broadcast to get your phone number. We also have a special low resolution stream of the show going out over a face-to-face network – we use Zoom.us which is far more reliable than Skype. You open a browser and connect to www.Zoom.us. The first time you do that on your computer you do need to install a simple little browser ad-on to your computer to run live video in your browser – that is what makes it more stable than Skype. You will see the broadcast with less than a 2 second delay. We call you on the phone to talk with you and bring your audio into the studio through a good phone line – landlines always work better than cell phones and hand held or headset works better than a speaker phone. If you try to watch the full broadcast, you will hear your own voice 30 seconds later. If you turn off or mute that broadcast for the moment and watch Zoom.us while talking to us through the phone, we are comfortable working together and everyone else is following along – 30 seconds later. When you finish your participation on the show, hang up your phone and open the WebTogether.ca broadcast – you will probably get back on in time to hear yourself say good-by.
So – you want to telephone us live on the broadcast? Get agreement from us either before the show, or through the chat box on the site and give us your phone number as we don’t have enough phone lines to put you all on hold. Go to Zoom.us and install their browser ad-on – free, simple and they guide you through it. You don't need to be a "member" of Zoom or have any special sign-in. We will send you a Zoom room number so you can sign-in to see the specific broadcast (no audio – it transfers faster). When it is your turn, we call you and ask you to change browsers or mute the computer with the WebTogether.ca broadcast on it. Now we can chat and you can see the studio all in real time.
That’s not as simple as Skype or Face-to-Face, but it certainly works better for the people watching.
If you have a tablet or a smart phone, we can actually make you into both a participant and a remote cameraperson. I don’t find Face-to-Face or Skype generally too exciting as a talking head doesn’t give us any more information than a telephone call, and generally it is more difficult to hear well. But when you turn the camera around, and show us your renovation problem, the video can be worth a thousand pictures. So we can use the full audio and video of the Zoom connection and together we can poke around your house. With this the audio is not as good as a telephone connection, but we have no time delay problems. We really like to organize these connections a few days ahead of time to be sure the technology is working on both ends and to give you a 15 minute primer on how to be a TV cameraperson – don’t move too fast, stay steady, get your zoom working, improving your lighting etc. Often that just introduces the renovation question to us and we can both do some homework before the broadcast – making for better answers and a better show for everyone. So send a request to us through the contacts tab – just use the free “comments” section and we will get back to you.