The Future of Live Video: 26 Influencers Share Their Thoughts

Live video came into its own this year as a social media staple. The past year in live video has changed the way we interact with brands, artists, and organizations. Producers are reaching new audiences with tools like Facebook Live and Livestream’s Mevo camera.

The new year ahead of us will mean incredible things for the future of live video. What do thought leaders predict for this powerful new medium? Livestream asked 26 live video influencers to share their thoughts:

Jesse Hertzberg, CEO, Livestream: “I believe the focus in the livestream industry will shift to the content creators more so than the content distributors. Tools to make this possible, like Mevo, will continue the march of progress, and quality “TV” will move further and further away from the rarified confines of the broadcast booth.”

Al Roker, Weatherman and Entertainer, Roker Media: “Livestreaming is NOW; unique, interactive, attention-grabbing, newsworthy, and tailor-made for a #FOMO generation.”

Sam Sheffer, Creative Producer, Mashable: “One billion people use Facebook on a daily basis, and now a large portion of them can go live at a moment’s notice, and share what they’re seeing. And what you see is what you get. It’s raw. It’s real.”

Brian Tong, Host/Editor, CNET: “Live video is the ultimate form of engagement.”

Stephanie Leke, Media Relations Manager, New Republic: “In 2017 we’re going to see a major uptick in the use of live video as an added revenue stream for brands and media organizations.”

Susan Piver, Founder, Open Heart Project: “The beauty of live video is the human component.”

Chapin Clark, EVP/Managing Director, R/GA: “Video isn’t reliant on written or spoken words to tell an affecting story. It’s universal.”

Alicianne Rand, Former VP of Marketing, NewsCred: “In 2017, video will take center stage as the format of choice.”

Michelle Morrison, Organizer/Host, Designersandgeeks.com: “Technology continues to break down the barrier between people’s highlight reel and what they experience in the moment.”

Mark De Couteau, Product Manager, EDGESport/WME: “Success will come to companies who are able to make improvements quickly by listening to their users.”

Sarah Lacy, Founder/Editor-in-Chief, Pando Daily: “I still don’t see a world where everyone is a highly paid ‘life-caster’ ever emerging.”

Max Haot, Founder, Livestream: “Now anyone can create professional quality live video content.”

Will McInnes, CEO, Brandwatch: “Take everything that’s addictive about real-time social and add moving sound and color – bada bing! Is it any wonder consumers love it?”

Amora Brown, Operations, Hack Reactor: “Expect live video to become as common as texting in 2017.”

Kathryn Minshew, Co-founder, The Muse: “Live video is a phenomenal medium for engagement because of the rawness, immediacy and authenticity of it.”

Toby Daniels, Founder, Social Media Week: “Live — powered by social media — has the potential to reach more people, faster and on more devices and screens than ever before.”

Jason Lemkin, CEO/Founder, SaaStr: “Look at how your kids (or your friends’ kids) use YouTube. The enterprise will be like that.”

Danielle Bullen, Founder/Designer, Diasporadic: “The line between consumer and creator is becoming more and more blurred.”

Mark Kornfilt, Founder/SVP Product and Technology, Livestream: “Consumers are more and more expecting brands, organizations, and the companies they work at, to communicate through livestreaming.”

Max Altschuler, CEO, Sales Hacker: “Live video is the next best thing to face-to-face conversation.”

Michael Krigsman, CEO/Founder, CXO Talk: “Video activates our senses – sound, visuals – and brings us into a scene, making it come alive.”

Sherna Lee, Marketing Director, MOJO Marketing and Media: “Brands that nail live video will be those that figure out the type of content that works well live versus just going live.”

Niv Dror, Social Key, Product Hunt: “Facebook Live and Periscope matured from being new apps for early adopters to utilities that anyone can use in the mainstream. Mobile networks have really improved to make this possible.”

Keegan Forte, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Ceros: “It’s a natural next step for those social channels to become smarter on how to monetize live video streaming with brands.”

Dayanada Nanjundappa, Founder/General Manager of India and SVP Technology, Platform Products, Livestream: “I believe the solutions we offer at Livestream will play a pivotal role in providing a complete solution for producers to showcase their events live.”

Phil Worthington, Founder, SVP, Research and Development, Video Products, Livestream: “New tools will emerge that simultaneously lower the creation barrier while at the same time driving production values up in new and ever more intuitive ways. ”

For more information about the state of live video – including in-depth predictions, raw data, and resources, visit our 2016 Live Video Retrospective.

Stream Live to Multiple Destinations with Simulcast

Simulcast with Livestream combines the flexibility and ownership of the Livestream platform with the reach and engagement of your viewers’ favorite destinations.

Now, with the Livestream platform, you can reach millions of viewers on RTMP-enabled streaming destinations such as YouTube Live, Periscope, and Twitch when you become a Premium or Enterprise customer. Per our previous announcement, you can also stream to Facebook Live through the Livestream platform.

Update: Producers using Simulcast can now stream to multiple Facebook pages from their Livestream account. For more information and instructions on how-to, see our Help Center Article

With these tools, Livestream is now the key point of distribution for all your live content, enabling you to reach your audience wherever they are. Simulcasting gives you all of the Livestream features and benefits – including white labeling, analytics, and support – with the reach and scale of additional platforms.

Here’s how it works:

Livestream users have access to a stream key in their account settings. Copy the RTMP URL and stream key from popular destinations such as YouTube, Periscope, or Twitch into your Simulcast settings.

Activate Simulcast on all your events or an event-by-event basis. For more information and how-to, visit our help center article.