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 | June 19, 2017

Watch live as the leaders of the Women’s March join Dr. Johnnetta Cole at the Riverside Church for JUNETEENTH, ESA presents its programs at the Paris Air and Space Show, and Livestream Learn hits the road for a special webinar on how businesses are redrawing the line between work and tech.


JUNETEENTH 2017 | Riverside Church NYC
Monday, June 19
7 PM ET
“Join the Riverside Church in New York City for JUNETEENTH 2017 with Women’s March leaders Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Bob Bland and Janaye Ingram, Smithsonian’s Dr. Johnnetta Cole, and musical guests Cyrus Chestnut, Wycliffe Gordon, and Brandie Sutton.”

ESA at the Paris Air and Space Show 2017 | European Space Agency
Tuesday, June 20
5 AM ET
“ESA will present its programs in a dedicated exhibition pavilion between the two full-scale models of the Ariane 1 and Ariane 5 launchers near the permanent Air and Space Museum.”

Yahoo CIO: Rethinking Information Technology | CXOTALK
Tuesday, June 20
1 PM ET
“In this episode, Ben Haines, Enterprise CIO of early Internet pioneer Yahoo, shares his ideas on rethinking IT to meet market shifts head-on in today’s exponential digital era.”

Ellevate Summit | Ellevate Network
Wednesday, June 21
9 AM ET
“Ellevate Network is hosting its first ever annual Summit to celebrate its 20 year anniversary. We’ll convene thought leaders, activists, business leaders, and changemakers, to discuss actionable solutions to increasing diversity and closing the gender gap. It’s time to own our power and mobilize, together, to get what’s ours.”

2017 California National Guard Junior Olympic Championships | USA Racquetball
Wednesday, June 21
1 PM ET
“The 2017 California National Guard Junior Olympic Championships presented by Penn and Visit Stockton are being streamed on June 21 at 1 PM ET. This is the sport’s premiere juniors tournament.”

Smarter Workplaces with Convene and Livestream | Livestream Learn
Wednesday, June 21
6:35 PM ET
“What does the future of work look like in an increasingly connected world? Industry leader Convene, startup incubator Bostinno, and Livestream present a special webinar event about how businesses are redrawing the lines between work and tech.”

Close-Up and Macro Photography | B&H Event Space
Thursday, June 22
“There is an entire universe of beauty, fascination, and intrigue on a scale not readily captured in conventional photography. This presentation will show you how to get close, closer and really close to the wonderful details and never-ending curiosities of both natural and man-made objects.”

The National | Pitchfork Live
Thursday, June 22
5 PM ET
“Pitchfork is pleased to announce that the National will be the next band featured on their Pitchfork Live series, which streams live on their homepage and Facebook. On Thursday, June 22, the National will play an intimate set at Centquatre in Paris, offering a sneak preview of their appearance at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris.”

WQXR presents The Opera Party: Pride without Prejudice | The Greene Space
Thursday, June 22
7 PM ET
“Loosen the laces of your corset for WQXR’s first official celebration of NYC Pride Week. Join co-host Justin Vivian Bond for a searing romp with tenor and force-of-nature Anthony Dean Griffey.”

Dr. Kwabena Boahen – Neuromorphic Computing | Carnegie Science
Thursday, June 22
6:30 PM ET
“As engineers shrink electrical transistors down to nanoscale dimensions, electrons get trapped, making it difficult for digital computers to work as well as they should. In contrast, our brains have nano-sized channels through which tiny charged particles pass freely when they are opened. Dr. Boahen’s team creates computer technology that mimics the way our brains are wired.”

Sherman Alexie | You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me | Author Events
Thursday, June 22
7:30 PM ET
“Sherman Alexie is acclaimed for prose that ‘startles and dazzles with unexpected, impossible-to-anticipate moves’ (The Boston Globe). His new book is a searing and soaring memoir about his difficult childhood and complicated maternal relationship.”

TEDxRVA | TEDx
Friday, June 23
1 AM ET
“TEDxRVA 2017 will be a place to hear and explore stories about change-making by local, national and international voices.”

Dirt Dessert 2017 | Tele Ho
Saturday, June 24
5 AM ET
“Riders will measure their skills on the thrilling and well-known track at the foothills of Jost.”