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Bright Canopy releases this weekend!

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Remember OnLive? The company that brought you the streaming service which gave you the ability to run SL on older computers? Well there is a new kid on the block named Bright Canopy and they’re aiming to fill the void left behind by OnLive!

Released this weekend, Bright Canopy is offering SL streaming services. Their high performance spec servers will stream SL to you with ultra high graphics and no visible lag!

Yes! It will run on windows XP machines and Mac 10.6 who can no longer run the latest versions of Firestorm or LL viewer.

Check them out at Bright Canopy’s website!

See the Linden Lab post about Bright Canopy HERE

  • Bright Canopy (google) PRIVACY POLICY –
    “We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned. ”

    *NOTE: collecting personal data at all without a warrant and probable cause to obtain a warrant is illegal under The US Constitution.
    Dont give up your rights/privacy in exchange for convenience. Keep in mind this is a cloud run service and NOTHING on any cloud server is secure.


    August 29, 2015

  • tada, Second Life does the same thing. By Law, all companies have to log data pertaining to their users online. So by using Firestorm or any SL Viewer or even accessing the SL website, you are giving Data to Linden Lab which can be accessed by the FBI with a Warrant.

    Nodoka Hanamura

    August 30, 2015

  • This is just simply not true.

    Cinder Roxley

    September 1, 2015

  • Another waste of time, Delicious privacy invasions!

    Bright Canopy (google) PRIVACY POLICY –
    “We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned. ”
    *NOTE: collecting personal data at all without a warrant and probable cause to obtain a warrant is illegal under The US Constitution.
    Dont give up your rights/privacy in exchange for convenience. Keep in mind this is a cloud run service and NOTHING on any cloud server is secure.


    August 30, 2015

  • What, you mean differently than using Google/Microsoft/Facebook? Or do you never use ANY of those tools?


    August 30, 2015

  • Noted.


    August 30, 2015

  • So, what you’re saying is that mail-order has been illegal for more than a hundred years? They “collect” your name and address to send things for you, don’t they? The requirement for a warrant applies only to GOVERNMENT AGENCIES; there’s way for a civilian entity to even GET a warrant.

    Theresa Tennyson

    September 1, 2015

  • Since its a streamed browser plan it should work on any semi-modern OS. My only gripe is paying to access SL, but at least unlike onlive these guys offer a very cheap $0.013 a minute plan. Seems reasonable unless you practically live on SL. Performance-wise its a bit jittery at ultra settings but still enjoyable. As for me I’ll stick to my x64 linux mint pc with my budget graphics card (nvidia gtx 750 ti). I usually get an epic experience out of my budget setup with ultra settings.

    Wolfee Yaffle

    August 29, 2015

  • I am unsure why Lumiya for android doesnt get more notice out there. These folks were able to make a very functional Android viewer. If they can run on a phone why cant anyone strip down a viewer for pcs?

    Foxglove F

    August 30, 2015

  • Lumiya costs money to use so there’s an immediate barrier to those who cannot put money into it. I have and I’m not regretting it one bit however. It even logs into alternate OpenSim grids including off-the-radar ones, something some of the text viewers for iPhone can’t do.


    August 31, 2015

  • Lumiya doesn’t cost money (except for the app purchase). It costs money to use mobile internet. And, even that is not the case if using wireless connection to the internet at home. Please have your facts straight before posting nonsense.


    September 1, 2015

  • I tried it… I was not impressed.. I was getting lag in an empty sim. No better than my computer running it locally. I wouldn’t bother with it. Yes, it is a viable solution to those who cannot get on SL otherwise, but its not what they are claiming it to be.

    Gideon McCullough

    August 30, 2015

  • I’m not impressed so far either. I have a steady 100MB connection, and performance was no better at ultra, or just with advanced lighting on at high setting than my not-that-great compy pulls now. I could hear my fans ramping up too; so definitely a concern for laptop users. As a browser-based viewer system, it does a great job, but unless it was just teething troubles or there’s something else drastically wrong, they really want to be careful about marketing it as a wonder-cure for those with older rigs to see Sl at its best as it is being done so now.

    Jinx Curi

    August 31, 2015

  • Price went up. Check their website.

    Cinder Roxley

    September 1, 2015

  • Currently not accepting any new subscribers and leads to their blog post saying the following:

    We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

    Here’s The Status

    We have had a tsunami of sign-ups, really incredible support and response, and for those who were able to get in, we’ve had great reports on the quality of the service.

    We are not going to charge anyone, anything for this weekend. It’s free, gratis, thanks for trying it out. No cards have been charged at all.

    We’ve had so much response that we are going to have to make a change and offer a different plan to make sure we are sustainable and can be around long enough to take advantage of much more affordable hosting options from Frame in a few months.

    There will be a planned outage for 2 hours that will occur sometime between 6AM and 12pm SLT.

    The outage will allow us to change direction. We will securely remove all accounts and payment information. This will solve some issues, and will give people a chance to see the new plan and connect to the closest cloud. We will then let everyone re-register from a clean slate.

    The Details

    As you know, a couple of weeks before we launched we saw a huge increase in our cost on the backend, but we had spreadsheets and plans about how, if things turned out right, we could build this out and keep it going while we work with Frame to build a way to host this much less expensively. The hosting options are in progress and look promising.

    For launch, we had a great response from the community and lots of people coming to try things out. We had so many people, in fact, that some of our assumptions started to bend and then break. Bright Canopy is a tiny startup with limited resources. Our aforementioned spreadsheets had not prepared us for the response we saw.

    We burned through our contingency in a few hours. We tried modifying some things, but it just wasn’t something that could be fixed with a knob. We talked over our options and looked at the numbers. In order to be able to offer a service of any sort, we knew we would have to make changes.

    There will be a limited time offer of a $10 credit for the first month, meaning the first month will be $7. This is our way of thanking you for bearing with us. This offer expires 12AM SLT on Sunday, September 6th. After that, each month will be $17. The plan comes with 20 hours, and additional time is available for $0.013 per minute.

    This isn’t what we planned, and making the change is hard, but we believe it is the only way to keep this service available for the people who need it.

    Thank you for your patience and support. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at

    tammie hammand

    September 1, 2015

  • Update as of 24 Sept 2015:

    $ 17
    Per Month
    Additional Minutes $0.02
    30 Minute Minimum For Each Session


    September 24, 2015

  • While I’m glad that Bright Canopy has launched, and I happen to own one XP laptop which turned into a stellar SL performer under SLGo, I don’t think I’ll be using it much, if at all.

    When I used SLGo, I lived in an apartment with Xfinity internet (Comcast in sheep’s clothing), and had excellent 100 Mbps cable Internet, and a very gracious 200 Gb/month download allowance.

    However, between using YouTube to watch movies and listen to music and several hours a day of SLGo, I’d managed to breeze through that 200 Gb limit, on one month going up to 300 Gb downloaded data.

    Nowadays, I’ve moved to where I only have a 5 Mbps downstream connection (the very minimum for connecting to SLGo) on the wifi server I share with the other tenants here. I have the option of using my cell phone as an Internet hotspot, but depending on time of day and other factors, my downstream bandwidth is even less, AND I have a 10 Gb/month cap on downloads.

    I don’t KNOW that my download stream will be that big on Bright Canopy, but I suspect strongly that any service like SLGo or Bright Canopy works by running Firestorm on its servers, then streaming the screen output as video.

    That’s great for short Second Life sessions (and Bright Canopy’s pricing model would probably encourage me to keep my sessions short – say, when I needed to use my XP machine to host a second avatar – alts can be fantastic aids to builders – you can get a two-plane constant display of what you’re making). However, more than four or five hours of use on my fastest connection, my cell phone hotspot, would use up my entire data allowance for the month.

    Can anyone with Bright Canopy say what the downstream data bandwidth is (approximate figures would be good)?

    Patricia de Chenier

    October 6, 2015