62 Must-Know Live Video Streaming Statistics

Live video took the world by storm in 2016, and we’ve got the live streaming statistics to prove it. Our streaming experts have compiled a list of need-to-know live video statistics that will teach you exactly what you need to know about livestreaming. Find out how audiences are engaging with live video, their favorite platforms, and which industries are leading the live video revolution.

Live Video Streaming Statistics: Audience Behavior

1. 81% of internet and mobile audiences watched more live video in 2016 than in 2015.

2. Breaking news makes up 56% of most-watched live content, with conferences and speakers tied with concerts and festivals in second place at 43%.

3. Live video is more appealing to brand audiences: 80% would rather watch live video from a brand than read a blog, and 82% prefer live video from a brand to social posts.

4. 67% of live video viewers are more likely to buy a ticket to a concert or event after watching a live video of that event or a similar one.

5. Behind-the-scenes access is a huge draw for 87% of audiences, who would prefer to watch online vs. on traditional television if it meant more behind-the-scenes content.

6. 45% of live video audiences would pay for live, exclusive, on-demand video from a favorite team, speaker, or performer.

7. Video quality is the most important factor for 67% of viewers when watching a livestream broadcast.

8. 78% of online audiences are already watching video on Facebook Live. 90% think video quality is the most important aspect of Facebook Live videos.

Source: Livestream and New York Magazine Survey

9. 86% of colleges and universities have a presence on YouTube, according to the University of Dartmouth.

10. YouTube reports mobile video consumption rises 100% every year.

11. Average time spent for video on mobile is 2.8 minutes for VOD and 3.5 for livestreams.

12. Average time spent for video on tablets is 7.1 minutes for livestreaming versus 4.1 minutes for VOD.

13. Average time spent for video on desktop is 34.5 minutes for livestreaming versus 2.6 minutes for VOD.

14. According to Tubular Insights, viewers spend 8X longer with live video than on-demand: 5.1 minutes for on-demand vs. 42.8 minutes for live video content. As brands compete for eyeballs in the newsfeed, live is a key differentiator.

15. By 2016 video ad spending will reach $5.4 Billion according to Break Media.

16. 92% of mobile video consumers share videos with others, according to Invodo.

17. 40% of young mobile users report watching native forms of video on their smartphone more frequently than they were a year ago.

18. Live video is outpacing the growth of other types of online video, with a 113% increase in ad growth yearly.

19. Compelling content is the primary motivator for live online viewing.

20. 45% of internet users view at least one online video over the course of a month, according to comScore.

21. 100M internet users watch online video every day.

22. The global VOD market in 2016 is about $16.3 billion.

23. VOD accounts for 16% of the Digital Media Market.

24. 4X as many consumers would rather watch a video about a product than read about it.

25. Users spent 10 billion hours per month watching Netflix for a total of 42.5 billion streaming hours in 2015.

26. According to Deloitte, 70% of Netflix users binge-watch shows. Among millennials, 35% did it on a weekly basis.

27. Hulu has streamed 700 million hours even though they have 9 million subscribers compared to Netflix’s 81 million.

28. Amazon Prime is gaining more traction with 54 million members at the end of 2015, a 35% jump from the previous year.

29. By 2019, online video will be responsible for four-fifths of global Internet traffic.

30. In the US, online video will be responsible for 85% of domestic internet traffic.

Live Video Statistics For Business

31. 75% of executives watch work-related videos on business websites at least once a week.

32. According to Forbes, 59% of executives would rather watch a video than read text.

33. 79% of websites that feature video use third party hosting.

34. 96% of B2B organizations are using video as part of their online marketing.

35. 73% of B2B organizations report positive ROI from video marketing.

36. According to a report published by Forrester, including video in an email leads to a whopping 200-300% increase in click-through rate.

37. An introductory email that includes a video improves an increased click-through rate by 96%.

38. Digital marketing spend will grow from $57.29 billion in 2014 to $103.37 billion in 2019.

39. 23% of people who have been presented with a poor quality video experience would hesitate to purchase from that brand.

40. User-generated short clips accounted for 51% of live video content streamed to smartphones as of 2015.

41. Video on social media generates 1200% more shares than text and images combined.

42. Companies using video enjoy 41% more web traffic from search than non-users.

43. Retail sites with video increase conversion by 30%.

44. 40% of consumers state that video increases the chance they’ll purchase a product on their mobile device.

45. Mobile and tablet shoppers are 300% more likely to view a video than laptop/desktop users.

46. 62% of consumers are more likely to have a negative perception of a brand that publishes poor-quality video.

47. 52% of marketing professionals worldwide name video as the type of content with the best ROI.

48. Video on a landing page can increase conversion by 80% or more.

49. Combining video with full page ads boosts engagement by 22%.

50. 70% of marketers claim video produces more conversions than any other content.

51. Businesses using video grow company revenue 49% faster year-over-year than organizations without video.

Live Video Statistics For Communications

52. Native video uploads to Facebook have 10X higher reach compared to shared YouTube links.

53. 74% of millennials find video helpful when comparison shopping.

54. Millennials are more likely to consume live content on a smartphone (56%) or tablet (44%).

55. YouTube has over a billion users, and 80% of its views are from outside of the US.

56. Video drives a 157% increase in organic traffic from search engines.

57. The average conversion rate for websites using video is 4.9%, compared to 2.9% for those who don’t.

58. “How to” searches on YouTube are up 70% year-over-year.

59. 1.8M words: that’s the value of one minute of video, according to Dr. James McQuivey of Forrester Research.

60. 88% of visitors stay longer on a site with prominent video displayed.

61. Online video is about 50% of all mobile traffic.

62. Email subscriber dropout is reduced by 75% with the incorporation of video.

Looking to get started with live video? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Livestreaming for more information, including stats, case studies, and how-to’s.

[Case Study] How Nikon Inc is Live Streaming Their Events & Trainings

With a large remote workforce, photography industry leader Nikon Inc was looking for a way to conduct staff trainings using live video. Originally, internal trainings were their only intended use case: it was cost effective and engaging. “There’s nothing quite as engaging as a live broadcast,” said Mark Soares, Senior Marketing Manager at Nikon Inc. Since then, their strategy has evolved into live streaming events and trainings. “We realized we needed to use live streaming to reach and engage our customers,” he said.

Since starting their journey with Livestream in 2017 (now Vimeo Livestream), Nikon Inc’s reach has exploded through live streaming their events and trainings. “It’s not just an add-on to our events strategy, it’s a key part of the strategy.”


Determining a Live Stream Strategy & Metrics for Events

In terms of developing a strategy, Soares and his team eased into broadcasting live from their events. “Our initial goal was to just get the ball rolling,” he said. “It’s intimidating when you first start; many things can go wrong with a live broadcast.” As such, ease of use and setup were critical to ensure they could get their live event running smoothly.

Their first time live streaming at a trade show was during the WPPI Conference in Vegas. To determine a metrics and ROI of their live streams, the Nikon Inc team divided the number of in-person attendees at the event in half, and used that number as a benchmark goal for total live viewers. “That was our guess,” Soares said. “We really had no metric to base it on because it was our first time [doing it].”

So, how did Nikon Inc fare with their first experiment? “We exceeded it significantly. We had almost 300% more viewers than what we had initially planned.”

“With a fairly modest increase in budget, you can reach a considerably higher audience [with live streaming].”

Since then, Nikon Inc has been on a live streaming rocket ship, launching a marketing strategy built around live. This includes major product announcements and trade show events, and has become a cost-effective way to reach a larger audience than even the biggest trade shows. “People go to trade shows for education, and a lot of brands bring education to the trade show floor,” Soares said. “If you’re already bringing that talent in, then it’s really not that much of a stretch to put a camera in front of them and broadcast it.”


Image courtesy of Nikon LIVE from NAB 2018 Day 2 – Corey Rich – Paralleling Still and Motion


Selecting Content for Live Streamed Events

One key driving factor to a successful live stream is the quality of the content. Soares’s advice is common (and always applicable): listen to your customers, and you’ll better understand what they want. Then, turn that feedback into content.

“Your end users are your best ambassadors. Take the content that they create [to inform your strategy], because they will inspire others to go out and do the same thing,” he said. Soares also suggests tailoring the content to specific demographics or niche audiences. For example, at WPPI, which focuses on wedding and portraiture, Nikon Inc brought in wedding photographers to share their expertise with attendees and live viewers.

“Take great content, great talent, and schedule it on a regular basis, and users will keep tuning in,” he said. “That’s why the audience keeps growing every single time we do this. You will add viewers to your event every single time. Incrementally, we keep expanding the viewership.”

Tips to Promote & Prepare for a Live Stream

Leading up to every major live stream, Soares and his team rolls out a turnkey marketing strategy to attract new and existing customers. First and foremost, Soares suggests building in paid marketing to your promotional planning. In addition to a paid social media campaign, Nikon Inc also:

  • Updates a landing page whenever a new event approaches
  • Sends email campaigns to current customers promoting their upcoming live programming
  • Features banners on their website with information about the live stream

Nikon Inc has found great value in simulcasting to Facebook Live, as well. “The viewership lives on social media,” he said. “While we get great numbers from streaming to our own site, we supplement that with our social channels, too.”

Don’t forget about the experience for your live viewers, too. “You’ve got to get great talent on camera that can speak eloquently to inspire your user base,” Soares said. “Look to give a great experience through the actual broadcast. We started with a single, fixed camera, and now we have many cameras where we can change the angle, etc — it’s very cinematic.”

However you plan to promote your live event, iteration and consistency is essential. “Start with something you can manage and build on it. There’s this exponential growth when you do these events on a regular basis and with great content. People will keep coming back.”


Nikon’s Technical Setup for Live Streaming

Wondering how Nikon Inc sets themselves up for success with their live streams? Here’s the equipment they use for their live broadcasts:

  • 2 Nikon cameras/lenses (of course), sometimes with a roving camera
  • Cameras are hardwired into a 4K Livestream HD550 (💡Tip: Nikon uses 4K cropping, which increases production level so two cameras look like six)
  • Livestream Studio
  • One back up Livestream Studio HD550

“Nikon makes cameras, but we are not in the business of broadcasting live events,” he said. “We needed a system that would be portable and easy to use, so that almost anyone could use it.”


Why Vimeo Livestream?

As a leading brand in the photography space worldwide, Nikon Inc needed an all-in-one solution that would make live streaming smooth for their large remote workforce and even bigger global audience. Whether internal or external, Nikon Inc’s live streams require a sophisticated workflow with a robust cloud solution, that was also portable and all inclusive. Vimeo Livestream fit the bill: a platform that makes live streaming simple and accessible, along with powerful and portable hardware — the Studio HD550 is Nikon Inc’s encoder of choice.

Livestream is the only end-to-end solution that empowers you to distribute compelling live content, engage your employees, and grow your business. To find out how to get started with live streaming, check out our “Ultimate Guide to Live Streaming Events” guide.