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Best Free Video Live Streaming Sites for Podcasting 2015

  • By John Bubb
  • Friday May 29, 2015
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Best Free Video Live Streaming Sites for Podcasting 2015

Podcasters are increasingly adding live video while they record their podcast. A good reason they are doing so is to engage and grow their audiences. With live video, a podcast can achieve a higher level of interactivity with their listeners that would not be possible if they didn’t record live. Since most streaming services offer a chat room next to the video, podcasters can easily get feedback and chat with whomever is watching the podcast being recorded.

If you want to add live video to your podcast, you’re probably wondering what sites are out there to help you do so. Below are the top picks of 2015:

 

1. DailyMotion (dailymotion.com)

You’ve probably heard the name "DailyMotion" before, they’re one of the biggest rivals of YouTube.As one of the leading sites for sharing videos, Dailymotion attracts over 112 million unique monthly visitors and 2.5 billion videos views worldwide. Not only can you upload videos to DailyMotion, but you can also stream live. DailyMotion offers a very high quality services.

Pros:

  • Supports HLS for iOS
  • Supports HD video
  • Revenue sharing on Ads
  • Variable Bitrate Selection
  • Mobile and TV app

Cons:

  • Setting up a live stream can be difficult for some
  • Limited to “official” accounts

2. Vaughn Live (http://vaughnlive.tv)

Vaughn Live gained popularity in late 2013 after the shocking demise of Stickam. They have grown tremendously and have really become a worthwhile provider of live video streaming. Vaughn Live is currently free but plans on offer special services to VIP members soon.

Pros:

  • Supports HD video
  • Auto archives your stream
  • Dedicated community

Cons:

  • No HLS support for iOS
  • Lack of detailed analytics
  • No searchable directory

3. Ustream (ustream.tv)

Ustream has stood the test of time, offering live streaming services for a number of years now, making them an excellent choice. Ustream debuted in March of 2007, and has grown to over 50 million unique visitors a month.

Pros:

  • Supports HLS for iOS
  • Large community  
  • Premium services
  • Real time analytics
  • Mobile and TV app

Cons:

  • Mid Roll ads
  • Lack of proper discoverability

4. Youtube Live (youtube.com)

YouTube Live is still relatively new. Having recently opened up to anyone on YouTube who wants to live stream, they certainly offer a few features that make them an easy choice.

Pros:

  • Supports HD video
  • Supports HLS for iOS
  • Automatic Bit rate Selection
  • Automatically records to YouTube

Cons:

  • Strict Terms of Service
  • Not suitable for a 24/7 network

5. StreamUp (streamup.com)

StreamUp is a great contender if you are looking for a service that let’s you stream your video ad free. They also have a well laid out home page that features users that are live which makes it easy for you to get discovered. StreamUp also supports an all important integrated chat to let you connect with everyone that is viewing your live video. But on the down side, their player is not HTML5 or iOS friendly.

Pros:

  • Supports HD video
  • Front page features
  • Easy discoverability
  • Integrated chat
  • Ad free

Cons:

  • No support for HLS
  • No HTML5 player

6. ConnectCast (connectcast.tv)

ConnectCast is another new option for broadcasters that has a large community of gamers. Think of it as a cross between DailyMotion and Twitch. However, unlike Twitch, you don’t have to strictly broadcast gaming content to stream on ConnectCast. They also are ad free thanks to community driven donations.

Pros:

  • Supports HD video
  • Integrated chat
  • Ad free

Cons:

  • No embeddable player unless you are a partner
  • Not iOS compatible

  It is is important to remember that these options are not "one size fits all". These are all wonderful services and should be “tried on for size” before you commit to them 100%.  Do your research and try them all. Select the one that works best for you.

What streaming service do you use? Let us know on the IAIB Forum

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John Bubb is the production engineer for the GFQ Network. His passion for radio and audio began very early on in high school. He joined his high school's student ran FM radio station. After graduation, he continued his passion for radio and audio by working at several different local radio stations.

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