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 | February 12, 2018

Watch live as Carolina Herrera reveals her Fall 2018 collection, Roxane Gay visits the Hammer Museum, The Greene Space discusses climate change, and Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates Valentine’s Day.


Fall 2018 #HERRERALIVE | Carolina Herrera
Monday, February 12
8 PM ET
“With almost four decades in fashion under her belt, the iconic Carolina Herrera will step down as creative director of her brand following tonight’s reveal at New York Fashion Week. Watch the Fall 2018 collection on Livestream and carolinaherrera.com.”

Some Favorite Writers: Roxane Gay | Hammer Museum
Monday, February 12
10:30 PM ET
“One of today’s most astute cultural critics, Roxane Gay is the author of New York Times best-seller Bad Feminist, the novel An Untamed State, and the short story collections Difficult Women and Ayiti. Raw and beautifully written, Gay’s most recent book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, is a remarkable work about pain, healing, strength, and coming to terms with oneself and one’s body.”

Citizen Now: Climate Change | The Greene Space
Tuesday, February 13
7 PM ET
“2017 was the second-hottest year on record. The impact of climate change – from rising sea levels to rising food scarcity – continues to grow. Join The Greene Space as they hear from social entrepreneurs about how they’re working to make clean energy accessible and affordable to communities everywhere, create a workforce of sustainable ocean farmers, and mitigate the rising effects of climate change.”

Tayari Jones | An American Marriage with Stephanie Powell Watts | Author Events
Tuesday, February 13
7:30 PM ET
“Focusing mostly on the urban South, Tayari Jones‘s four novels include Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta. Her new novel follows a husband and wife who seem to embody the new South but are unmoored by false accusation and imprisonment.”

Valentine’s Day: Songs We Love featuring Vuyo Sotashe and Brianna Thomas | Jazz at Lincoln Center
Wednesday, February 14
7:30 PM ET
“Joining Brianna Thomas this year is fellow vocalist Vuyo Sotashe, a recent second-place winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition, a rising star in New York City, and an in-demand special guest at Jazz at Lincoln Center.”

TAKING FLIGHT | National Geographic
Thursday, February 15
2 PM ET
“National Geographic discusses Bird Migration and Conservation Across Hemispheres.”