These Meerkat SXSW streams have helped many people who may have been unable to physically attend the mega conference to still tune into some proceedings.Indeed one of the more common sights at SXSW 2015 has been the use of Meerkat to live-stream panel discussions and other interactive sessions.
While the quality of audio and video might not be spectacular, Meerkat does play a role in helping to bring people closer to the action. While SXSW streams are occasionally made available by organizers, they often are not. In these cases, anyone inside the room with a mobile device and Internet connectivity can post live streams and share them with interested viewers and listeners.
While Meerkat's SXSW streams do take away from the exclusivity of some of those events, they do enable a larger body of people to gain from the knowledge and insights of discussion events.