This article spotlights five Web sites that offer individual investors access to conference call schedules and the actual conference calls, as well as other important on-line company events—either via a telephone link or by using a media player installed on your computer.
The broadcasters serve as producers—they aid companies in putting the conference calls on the Internet and provide a portal for individual investors with the necessary audio capabilities to listen in. This is called webcasting or netcasting—the transmission of live or prerecorded audio or video to PCs connected to the Internet. The software that enables webcasting is referred to as a streaming media player. A certain level of technology is required to achieve streaming media and receive webcasting through your PC. Most PCs purchased within the last few years should have the necessary hardware and software, which include:
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