Top Trending Live Video Streaming Apps
Live video streaming apps are making it easy for anyone with a mobile device to share or watch video in real time. Live video streaming can help you share fun moments in your life with friends allow you to broadcast newsworthy events to the world. With the accessibility of 4G and Wi-Fi, and so many mobile devices being able to record in HD, all you need is the right app and a little inspiration to start streaming live video like a pro. To make your choice easier we’re highlighting two of the biggest trending live video streaming apps, Periscope and Meerkat.
Periscope sets itself apart from the rest by allowing users to keep their video broadcasts available for view 24 hours after the initial live stream. This is especially useful for those who want to link to their live broadcast over social media and want followers to be able to view the video after the fact. With Periscope, you can save your videos directly to the app for 24 hours or you can save to your phone’s camera roll for long-term archiving. Most other streaming apps, like Stringwire, simply don’t have this ability.
Periscope also allows you to select your audience so you can choose who to share your broadcast with. If you’re live streaming your son’s school recital but only want Grandma to see him sing his heart out, you can by pressing the lock icon and choosing who to invite to your broadcast. On the other hand, if your son is super talented and you want the world to see, you can broadcast directly to Twitter by tapping the little bird icon in the Periscope app.
Meerkat offers a more interactive approach to live streaming with the ability to text chat during a live broadcast. Not only can viewers chat with each other, they can also chat with the broadcaster. If you’re trying to build a following, the chat feature can really help build your fan base. Viewers even have the option to have their chat messages post to Twitter.
Though Meerkat doesn’t have an in-app option to save a broadcast, like Periscope, you can record to YouTube through Katch Kats for Meerkat. You can save your video to YouTube using the hashtag #katch in the title of your broadcast or in a comment during your video stream.
Meerkat is easy to use, allowing you to live stream video by simply pressing the “stream” button and uses push notifications to let others know when you’re broadcasting as well as alert you of other live streams.
Other Live Video Streaming Apps to Consider
Some other live video streaming apps you may want to consider include Stringwire, Broadcast Me, and Hang w/. Stringwire allows users to create a channel where they can invite others to live stream. Broadcast Me allows you to stream video through your mobile device via a multimedia server, which makes it one of the best apps for streaming to Wowza Media Server. Hang w/ allows users to host a live stream from their own web page, which can help increase site traffic.
Live video streaming can help you share life’s important moments, crazy “you’ll never believe what just happened” moments, or newsworthy events with others. Live streaming is also a great way for aspiring social media stars to build a following. Whatever your live streaming goals, there’s an app to meet your needs.
– By Jessica Oaks