The Year of Livestreaming: An Interactive 2016 Retrospective

2016 was one for the books. Livestream CEO Jesse Hertzberg predicted 2016 would be “the year of livestreaming,” and this year’s major events – from space launches to political upheaval – played out on our platform.

In 2016 people around the world relied on live video to capture and broadcast the moments that define our shared history. Our 10,000 active users scattered across 159 countries, streamed over 10M live events on our platform this year. Livestream empowered producers around the globe to tell their stories, from exciting milestones in space exploration and the biggest stars in sports and entertainment to America’s historic presidential election and grassroots movements at home and abroad.

This year livestreaming made the leap from tech novelty to a content necessity, giving us new perspectives that were previously impossible. Mobile users have the power to broadcast anywhere, at any time, right in their pocket. Social tools like Periscope and Facebook Live connect live video producers with a global audiences. These audiences, in turn, demand live video, and expect any event they can’t attend to be available live online.

In a survey we conducted with New York Magazine readers and on social media, 81% of respondents said they watched more live video in 2016 than last year and 67% said watching a live event inspired them to purchase tickets for a similar event in the future. From product launches to concerts and conferences, that demand has cultivated real return-on-investment, reach, and lead generation for brands all over the world.

As 2016 comes to a close, we wanted to look at how technology, politics, and culture have been shaped by the power of live video. We believe the future of the live video industry will be defined more by content creators than the content distributors. Brands need to add value to the medium, particularly with a focus on production quality and camera-ready hosts. 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. We are excited to see what happens next.

Check out our interactive 2016 Live Video Retrospective to learn:

  • The most popular livestreamed events of 2016 across industries.
  • How influencers see live video transforming in 2017.
  • New live video industry data.

This Week on Livestream | October 16, 2017

Watch live as singer, songwriter, and activist Billy Bragg honors Woodie Guthrie, Gabrielle Union stops at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee raises money for Puerto Rico.


Courtney Barnett + Kurt Vile (Sea Lice By The Seaside) | Pitchfork Live
Monday, October 16
2 PM ET
“Philly country-psych zen master Kurt Vile and Australian indie-rock orator Courtney Barnett are at once an odd couple and a perfect union—not so much a mirror image of one another as a negative exposure.”

Amy Tan | Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir | Author Event
Tuesday, October 17
7:30 PM ET
Where the Past Begins is a memoir of Amy Tan’s life, art, and deeply personal inspirations that frame her fiction.”

Remembering Woody: An Evening with Billy Dragg and Friends | The Greene Space
Tuesday, October 17
7:30 PM ET
“Join singer, songwriter and activist Billy Bragg and special guests for an evening commemorating the 50th anniversary of folk music icon Woody Guthrie’s death.”

Gabrielle Union’s Real Life Book Club Tour | Author Events
Thursday, October 19
7:30 PM ET
“Gabrielle Union’s new book, We’re Going to Need More Wine, is an intimate, urgent collection of essays about race, bullying, competition between women in Hollywood, and her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault.”

40 Years of Cosmic Discovery: Celebrating the Voyager Missions and Humanity’s Message to Space | Cornell Alumni
Thursday, October 19
8 PM ET
“Only one human-touched object has ever entered interstellar space: NASA’s Voyager 1, bearing with it greetings to extraterrestrials in the form of a Golden Record. Cornell will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Voyagers 1 and 2 and the university’s central role in the missions.”

Vitaly Bulgarov Live & Uncut: Designing for Films, Games & Real-World Robotic | Gnomon
Friday, October 20
10 PM ET
“Join Gnomon School of VFX to learn about the career path of Vitaly Bulgarov, hear his personal insights, and get meaningful answers to your very own questions.”

Boston for Puerto Rico | Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Saturday, October 21
1 PM ET
“Students from all departments of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee will be performing in a benefit concert to raise money for hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico. All proceeds will be donated to Unidos por Puerto Rico.”

Sexual Assault Crisis Center | Shall We Dance 2017
Saturday, October 21
8 PM ET
“Shall We Dance is an uplifting and entertaining event that increases awareness about sexual assault while helping the Sexual Assault Crisis Center.”

Harold in Italy | Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, October 21
8 PM ET
“On a program with DSO Principal musicians as featured soloists, Eric Nowlin performs the music depicting the melancholy traveler Harold, and Wei Yu returns as a soloist for Elgar’s Cello Concerto.”