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12 Apps for Live-streaming Video

Live-streaming video is latest frontier of social media. Established social networks (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) have their own apps, while first-movers in the space (e.g., Meerkat) are busily trying to differentiate themselves.

Live-stream content ranges from impromptu video blogging to produced efforts by industry veterans. For small businesses, live-streaming video may be a helpful, new way to engage an audience and establish a brand with little or no cost.

Here is a list of live-streaming video apps. There are fun, live-streaming apps to connect with and update followers, and there are live-video platforms with advanced production and lead-generation tools. Many of these apps are free.

Facebook Live

Facebook Live.

Facebook Live.

Facebook Live lets people, public figures, and Pages share live video with followers and friends on Facebook. Interact with viewers in real time. Field their burning questions, hear what’s on their minds, and check out their Live Reactions to gauge how your broadcast is going. Followers can receive notifications when you go live so they know to tune in to your broadcasts at just the right time. Price: Free.

Periscope

Periscope.

Periscope.

Periscope is Twitter’s live-streaming app. Going live will instantly notify your followers, who can join, comment, and send you hearts in real-time. When your broadcast is over, make it available for replay so viewers can watch later. Replays currently last 24 hours. Delete your replay at any time. Broadcast to specific people, or share on Twitter. Price: Free.

Streamup

Streamup.

Streamup.

Streamup is a fun way to live stream interactive shows. Streamup recently announced its first slate of live-streaming originals in an effort to become a live television network for the Internet generation. Go live right from the app, or stream like a pro by using an encoder for cool special effects, overlays, filters, and more. Become a partner to start earning revenue from your streams. Streamup’s president and chief content officer is Will Keenan, an alum of two video producers: Maker Studios and Endemol Beyond USA. Price: Free.

YouNow

YouNow.

YouNow.

YouNow is another fun app for interactive live-stream videos. Chat and promote content – followers can even buy gifts for their favorite broadcasters. YouNow recently launched original content with two food-related shows, including one with Roker Labs, spearheaded by Today co-host Al Roker. Price: Free.

Hang w/

Hang w/.

Hang w/.

Hang w/ is a live-streaming platform for access to people, places, events, and moments. With plenty of celebrity endorsements, Hang w/ has over one million users and three million live broadcasts. Hang w/ is running a Crowdfunder campaign to raise capital. Price: Free.

Livestream

Livestream.

Livestream.

Livestream is a platform to broadcast to millions. Livestream also offers hardware, software, and production products for a complete end-to-end solution. Broadcast live from your iPhone or iPad to viewers watching on Facebook, Twitter, Livestream, or any other website. Engage with viewers via the built-in chat. Monitor audience engagement with proprietary analytics. Price: Basic plan is $42 per month.

Stringwire

Stringwire.

Stringwire.

Stringwire is an app to share event-driven live video in real-time. If you encounter a story, use Stringwire to stream live video. Collaborate with others to tell stories with live video from multiple perspectives. Viewers can chat and search through video to find out what’s happening live. All streamed video is automatically stored online for future viewing and sharing. Price: Free.

Ustream

Ustream.

Ustream.

Ustream is an online and live-streaming platform for broadcasters, teams, and marketers. The platform hosts over two million live videos every month, including NASA TV and BusinessBlueprint.com, a 24-hour business channel. The platform also includes a variety of videos on getting started, tracking your progress, and generating leads. Add graphics, presentations, guests, and more. Get video production and on-site support for premium events. Price: Plans start at $99 per month.

Nom

Nom.

Nom.

Nom is from YouTube co-founder Steve Chen. Launched at South by Southwest, the live-streaming platform has a foodie bent, but Nom supports all live video. Insert rich content, such as recorded video clips, GIFs, and photos. In addition to shows, users can post photographs, produced videos, and blog posts or articles to each channel. Price: Free.

Meerkat

Meerkat.

Meerkat.

Meerkat is working on something new. Recently CEO and founder Ben Rubin posted an update outlining the difficulties the live-streaming app has faced against platforms like Twitter-Periscope and Facebook Live. Currently, Meerkat is still a stable live-streaming app to broadcast video to your followers. But the first-mover in live-streaming is presumably getting ready to break out in a new way, which could make it a good place to stream. Price: Free.

Snapchat Live Stories

Snapchat.

Snapchat.

Snapchat Live Stories are compilations of snaps from snapchatters at events and locations around the world. Live Stories are curated by Snapchat, and typically appear for 24 hours. If you’re in the location of a Live Story, you can submit snaps. Snapchat also supports video chat. Look for Snapchat to develop increased live-streaming functionality. Price: Free.

YouTube Connect

Live streaming on YouTube's Creator Studio.

Live streaming on YouTube’s Creator Studio.

According to VentureBeat, Google is building YouTube Connect, a live-streaming app to take on Periscope and Facebook Live. The app will include chat, tagging, and news-feed features to engage and promote your live content with followers. YouTube already offers live streaming through its Creative Studio, but YouTube Connect will certainly reach a broader audience. Price: Free.

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  1. Dayakar Anne May 9, 2016 Reply

    Would like to see your assessment of Brightcom’s Vid-In and In- View.

  2. steffy berlin May 9, 2016 Reply

    Nailed it!
    Really a nice article And we also have some of the other Live video-streaming apps like Tarsii, webcam, Bambuser (Android) are available. over here Stringwire, meerkat, periscope are most best apps.

    Steffy, bizbillab2b

  3. April Cook May 21, 2016 Reply

    I work for a small business, and we are looking into live broadcasting as a form of marketing to help build our client base. This seems like it would be a great way to share our events. I did know there were so many options out there. Is there an app that is better for professional use? Thanks for the information! http://www.bcast.com/

  4. Cris martin August 3, 2016 Reply

    You have share a great information here, such a nice list of live streaming video app but there are so many app like vidmate, snaptube and many more.

  5. Andrew Curry August 5, 2016 Reply

    Hi, take a look at this one, live streaming app for iphone -https://yatko.com/goLive

  6. Andrew Curry August 6, 2016 Reply

    Hi, take a look at this one, live streaming software for youtube – https://yatko.com/goLive

  7. Vikas Tailor August 7, 2016 Reply

    Thanks for this precious list! I would like you to check this FREE live streaming app for YT from Yatko! https://yatko.com/goLive This is really good for making your events/webinars or team meeting broadcasting! Thank You

  8. Live Streaming Pros August 26, 2016 Reply

    Hi, take a look at this one, live streaming app – http://cameleon.live/#iPhone

  9. Deniss October 4, 2016 Reply

    An app called live.me is a great streaming app. I would encourage you all to give it a try and see how Y’all like it.

  10. Lena Whitaker November 28, 2016 Reply

    How can you get your own live stream video app created ? Who are the creators?

  11. Facebook Live Reactions Studio December 4, 2016 Reply

    Really nice article, very useful set of live streaming tools really will help me as well as other business and marketing agencies.

    One another tool would add an additional advantage to this article is free tool like this: http://www.documented.in/livereactionsstudio/ would help users to stream live videos with reaction capture.

  12. Cameleon Live February 11, 2017 Reply

    Hi, take a look at this one, live streaming app – https://goo.gl/tzoTLS

  13. Mark Burtle February 16, 2017 Reply

    Hi, take a look at this one, live streaming applive streaming app for iphone -https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/yatko/best-live-stream-broadcaster-software

  14. Josephine February 25, 2017 Reply

    Great article! Thanks.

  15. Mark Burtle March 9, 2017 Reply

    Hi, take a look at this one, live streaming applive streaming for youtube – https://www.cameleon.live/kickstarter

  16. Cameleon Live March 24, 2017 Reply

    Hi, here are some live streaming applications – https://goo.gl/tzoTLS

  17. Dale J Austin April 2, 2017 Reply

    I heard Google Hangouts are going away April 25th. Do any of these allow saving to YouTube like Hangouts do?

  18. Oleg May 16, 2017 Reply

    Hey,such a lot of video streaming apps .I knew one or two from all of them .Thank that you provide me this information .I think I will use it in the nearest future.Also if you want to expand your knowledge in this topic .I will recommend you to read https://www.cleveroad.com/blog/how-much-does-it-cost-to-create-a-live-streaming-app-like-periscope. It will be a good addition .

  19. Joshua June 15, 2017 Reply

    Is there any app or even PC program or something of the like that I could stream on FBLive, Twitter/Periscope, IG Live, Youtube simultaneously?

    Thanks!

  20. RalucaGrig June 23, 2017 Reply

    Live broadcasting can be implemented through various apps.
    In my experience, BroadcastMe by Streamaxia does the trick (check it here: https://www.streamaxia.com/broadcastme-whitelabel-app/). Also, if you wish to live stream your event, take a look (and try for free, may I add) Streamaxia’s other services, such as OpenSDK for Android and iOS (https://www.streamaxia.com/opensdk-ios-rtmp-library/).
    I hope you find this information helpful!
    Happy streaming!

  21. Al Mo July 11, 2017 Reply

    There is also another app called Instacam. here’s the google play url:
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mtek.instacam

  22. Prasanta Shee July 12, 2017 Reply

    You can also try R-HUB live streaming servers app http://www.rhubcom.com/v5/live-streaming.html The R-HUB live streaming brings content presented by multiple meeting panelists anywhere in the world and delivers real-time collaboration among these panelists to web browser attendees.