Bright Canopy is Back


Bright Canopy came back online on Wednesday 23rd September 2015 after the service was down for almost a month. Bright Canopy service allows users to access Second Life through a user’s web browser. It offers you the choice of using the official Second Life viewer or the Firestorm Viewer interface when logging in.

The pricing scheme has been updated, see below…

  • $17 per month includes 20 hours of service.
  • Additional time $0.02 per minute
  • 30 minute minimum for sessions
  • If you use 10 hours or more of additional minutes, that will be charged immediately, otherwise additional minutes are charged at the beginning of the next month.

It’s a fresh start apparently so that means that everyone will now have to re-register at brightcanopy.com even if you had an account in beta or during the pre-release stages.

If you have any questions about Bright Canopy, contact support@brightcanopy.com.

Bright Canopy launches


Bright Canopy launch

Bright Canopy launched Saturday 29th August 2015 and the new service offers Second Life streaming services for $17 per month with a 14 day trail period. You can use either the official Second Life Viewer of the Firestorm Viewer to access Second Life via web browser.

Since April 2015 it’s been invitation only and now its ready for everyone to use it after months of testing. To find out your account type, your account plan, billing information and system specs click on your name top right for options.

Lets spread the word about new service, Bright Canopy. It’s time to run Second Life in your web browser today! 🙂

Bright Canopy launches 29th August 2015 at $17 per month


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Bright Canopy will be launching on Saturday 29th August 2015 at a single monthly subscription of $17 per month for the first 90 days at least, The beta test and pre release phrases are done. There will be a launch party to celebrate this special milestone soon after the 29th August.

Bright Canopy will be the successor to the SL Go from Onlive and hopefully the service will last for years to come. During the alpha and beta phrase Google Chrome was apparently the preferred browser to access Bright Canopy. The new streaming service will allow users from around the world on low-end computers to access the Second Life platform and OpenSim grids.

If you are interested in Bright Canopy then sign up here today.

Here is the official announcement about the launch of Bright Canopy….

After much work and preparation and tremendous help from the community testing our offering, we are proud to announce the launch of the full Bright Canopy service.

LAUNCH DATE: August 29th

EARLY BIRD PRICE: $17 per month*

BRING A FRIEND: Sign-up a friend and both you, and your friend, earn free time.

EAST COAST CLOUD: We will also be adding a brand-new, US. East Coast cloud, for faster ping times!

We want to focus on service during launch, but we will be having a launch party to celebrate once the dust settles. You can look forward to music fun and special give-aways.

* Our early bird price is going to be an experiment for 90 days. If you’ve been following the blog, you know we’ve seen price fluctuations on the back-end, and we still need to watch actual usage of the service. $17 is a sustainable price if the instance costs return to their typical, historical values. It is not a sustainable price with the current spike in instance price. We may need to get creative with how we split instances, or we may need to raise prices. We intend to remain transparent as always and will keep you posted. Our goal is to continue to maintain a sustainable, affordable service.

Will you be signing up to Bright Canopy and trying it out ? 

Email invite to Frame from Bright Canopy


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On 25th May I received the long anticipated email try out Frame from Bright Canopy. Frame makes it easy to run any software in a browser. Firstly I activated my account and signed in to the Frame Launchpad.

I received two hours (120 minutes) of free credit to get things rolling and the service seems to be running very smoothly for my first visit. I had a choice of either using the official Second Life viewer or the Firestorm Viewer to log into Second Life.

So far so good. 🙂

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Stay updated on Bright Canopy here.

Bright Canopy the journey so far


On 10th May 2015 a new blog post was published on Bright Canopy’s First Month and it’s worth a read if you are following the latest developments for Bright Canopy.

As many know already Bright Canopy will support Second Life and OpenSim during the public launch. Bright Canopy is currently in closed beta with early access starting from 12pm SLT on Tuesday 19th May 2015. The cost will be $1 per hour and soon the service will let you use credit cards as payment.

I have signed up to Bright Canopy for the launch and still waiting for an invite. I know that the Second Life community see Bright Canopy as the next big thing after SL GO and many can’t wait to test our the new service.

Here are the latest updates from the blog post 

  • There has been spectacular community support almost from the first day (beta) including the Q&A session
  • Bright Canopy worked with Frame to validate the core service
  • Bright Canopy nowadays is a sustainable service rather than a demo
  • Payments, metering and metrics now in advance of the Pre Launch are being worked on
  • The team are working with rights holders on licensing and IP questions and chasing down attorneys with four separate firms to find the best fit for Bright Canopy’s legal needs

The Pre-Launch

  • The pre-launch is scheduled for 12pm SLT on Tuesday 19th May 2015
  • The aim is to solve the technical problems and to ensure that streaming virtual world viewers is a viable business.
  • There will be an hourly fee set at less than one dollar (USD) per hour.

What comes next ?

  • The team is working on bidding strategies, avoiding adding any unnecessary overhead, and even working with Amazon
  • Pricing will remain the hardest thing to be resolved
  • The aim is to grow Bright Canopy from a seed into a mighty larch.

Stay updated on the latest news via the Bright Canopy official blog.

Bright Canopy early access pre launch at 12pm SLT on 19th May 2015


On Saturday 2nd May 2015 there was a new blog post on the Bright Canopy blog announcing that the invitation-only, early access Pre Launch will be held at 12pm SLT on Tuesday 19th May 2015. This pre launch will be hosted in California and there will be new deployments around the world soon. The public launch will be announced very soon and it’s going to be awesome.

This sounds very exciting that there will be a early access pre launch later this month and then a public launch soon after. This will be a good replacement after the closure of SL GO and everyone should give it a try.

It’s official.

Bright Canopy is completing our beta test and we can finally announce our invitation-only, early access Pre Launch will be Tuesday May 19th at noon SLT.

Those who signed up to help with Beta and Pre Launch should have already received your invitation. If you signed up and received confirmation for Beta or Pre Launch and did not receive your invitation, please contact Bright Canopy Support.

If you missed Beta and Pre Launch and signed up for regular launch notification instead, don’t worry. We will be having a public launch very soon and it will be shiny and awesome because of all of the hard work we’ll put our test subjects Beta and Pre Launch folks through.

The purpose of this early access release is to learn how to properly serve our customers and manage the Bright Canopy network for maximum efficiency. This will be a full, working version of Bright Canopy with no limit on time, persistent user settings, Dropbox and Google Drive support, Cut and Paste and Ultra Graphics. Residents can refill hours as often as they like for less than one dollar (USD) per hour (or equivalent, more details on payment options coming soon). We will not be accepting Lindens for Pre Launch, but we hope to be at least testing Linden Payment by public launch.

If you are interested in signing up for launch of Bright Canopy and receiving special perks, see here.