Definition of Webcast in English:


(also Webcast)


  • A video broadcast of an event transmitted across the Internet.

    ‘a live Webcast of the Victoria's Secret annual fashion show’
    and → cybercast
    • ‘When you came in, he was working on a screenplay for what he hopes will be a successful webcast.’
    • ‘The technology is familiar to anyone who has ever been to a stadium gig or watched an internet webcast, and the movement is simple, stylised and theatrical.’
    • ‘Watch this historic moment through a live video webcast from our U.S. offices.’
    • ‘CD-Roms, video tapes, multimedia events and live webcasts are all part of the package when it comes to capturing the public's attention.’
    • ‘A webcast of the event will be available starting on April 25.’
    • ‘Those who couldn't squeeze into the hall could hear the lecture blasted across the campus on speakers, or go home and view the live webcast.’
    • ‘A link to a webcast of the event will be posted here.’
    • ‘There have been videoconferences, webcasts, satellite broadcasts and exchanges between scientists on a secure website.’
    • ‘Hollywood executives and other interested parties had to make do with a live webcast as he took the stand in the long-awaited trial.’
    • ‘After all, if you wanted to experience culture on a computer screen, you could sit at home or school or in the library, just as thousands do when the Natural History Museum broadcasts live webcasts every Friday afternoon.’
    • ‘We still have a long way to go until webcasts are a viable alternative to TV, but as broadband becomes more common and technology keeps pushing the envelope, there's no doubt that day is coming.’
    • ‘Of course, webcasts of sporting events aren't going to make TV obsolete anytime soon.’
    • ‘There have been live webcasts of Switzerland's two houses of parliament since March 1999, with up to 10,000 internet viewers per week.’
    • ‘Their commentary will also be shown on a projector screen at the event and on the webcast.’
    • ‘Once you register, which costs thirty bucks, you can record broadcasts and webcasts of up to four hours.’
    • ‘We couldn't get the live webcast to work - at all.’
    • ‘The BBC website warns that the webcast may be intermittent, which is barely surprising.’
    • ‘Last week I watched the webcast of Bill Gates speaking at the RSA conference in San Francisco.’
    • ‘Traditional broadcasters, with a live webcast of their output, were joined by new internet-based stations.’
    • ‘Questions posted via email will be answered live during the webcast.’


  • Broadcast (an event) on the Internet.

    ‘services from St John's are webcast once a week’
    ‘webcasting will make a big difference in promoting public understanding of our work’
    • ‘These seminars will also be webcast live.’
    • ‘Hounslow was the first council in the country to webcast a meeting and since then we have webcast local elections and other key council meetings.’
    • ‘The BBC Proms continue until 14 September, and all are broadcast, webcast live and available on demand for delayed listening from BBC Radio 3.’
    • ‘The meeting is also due to be webcast.’
    • ‘Testimony from the Expedition Two Crew will be carried live on NASA Television and webcast on NASA's Internet homepage.’
    • ‘If you're thinking of doing webcasting for the purpose of making money, then I don't think it's the thing for you.’
    • ‘We plan to webcast the event: details will follow as we have them.’
    • ‘On 17 March we'll be webcasting the festival event as well as reporting live on radio from the parade.’
    • ‘The company will offer media providers a complete portfolio of managed content services, such as webcasting and video-on-demand.’
    • ‘Various activities during the two weeks, including the launch of the sounding rocket, will be webcast.’
    • ‘The video conference was webcast live on 21, 22 and 23 June.’
    • ‘The gig will be also webcast live at’
    • ‘One of the company's rules is that users aren't allowed to tell anyone what they're webcasting, or respond to requests for specific songs to be webcast.’
    • ‘This conference call is being webcast live at our Web site, and it will be available for replay approximately two hours after the conclusion of this call.’
    • ‘Last month, the NBA began webcasting live games - including play-offs - over Sportslive Korea, a closed broadband network serving a potential 1.5 million users.’
    • ‘In a talk that was webcast to IBM's 350,000 staff worldwide, Palmisano said the company would invest in research, acquisitions and marketing.’
    • ‘In an ideal world, all the concerts would be webcast.’
    • ‘The Swiss and Australian parliaments' webcasting services are among the best in the world.’
    • ‘Eighteen hours of the business week will be webcast live on the Internet.’
    • ‘They've also recently webcast a film focussing on research into brain disorders and how animal studies have helped.’


1990s: from web, in the sense ‘World Wide Web’ and broadcast.