Livestream at NAB 2017: New Products + Live Coverage

What’s new for Livestream at NAB 2017? 4K streaming and encoding, NDI support for Studio, Mevo for Android, and more!

NAB (the National Association of Broadcasters) is the world’s leading tradeshow and community for broadcast video and media. Convening every year in Las Vegas, NAB begins April 23 and always brings exciting new products and releases to the video broadcast industry.

If you are in Las Vegas visit Livestream at NAB 2017 in booth C1707 at Central Hall to meet with our team and see demos of our products and latest features. This year we’re doing something a little different than the traditional booth and demo stations.

For those who can’t make it to NAB, we’ll be streaming live from the floor with the Live Streaming Pros. If you’re visiting the NAB showroom floor, come watch the Live Streaming Pros produce and stream the show with our Livestream Mevo and Studio products.


Everything we do at Livestream is to put the unrivaled reach, authenticity, immediacy, and emotional power of live broadcast television in the hands of every storyteller. Livestream is the only end-to-end live video solution that empowers organizations of any size to create high quality broadcasts that reach viewers across platforms. We deliver and improve on this commitment every day, from our new three-camera Livestream Studio Kit, and integrations with Facebook and YouTube, to the continuing growth of our support and services teams.

Every event should be available live online, and we’re working toward this goal daily with exciting new features and products. Brands are no longer limited to streaming to a single audience or platform. Streaming to multiple social audiences is a great way to grow awareness, engagement, and viewership that can then be directed back to your own website. Livestream has made this simple with a single dashboard to manage your live video content across social channels (including Facebook and YouTube) and a unified analytics view to measure your audiences across these platforms.

We’re excited about the new features and products we’ve announced in Q1 and at NAB, and look forward to meeting customers and old friends at NAB again this year.

New Livestream NAB Product Releases:

  • Mevo by Livestream – The Live Event Camera
    • A new beta Mevo Android App (v1.0b1) – Mevo was previously only available on iOS. We are excited to unveil today the first version of our Android App in beta (available today for download). Full release in the Google Play app store is expected by the end of Summer 2017.
    • A beta release of the new iOS Mevo App (v1.5b1) with new features is also available today for download. App store releases of these features is scheduled for Summer 2017.
      • YouTube Live (beta) – We’re pleased to announce Mevo support for YouTube Live. Now you can use Mevo to stream to Livestream, Facebook Live, YouTube, and Twitter/Periscope.
      • 4K Recording (beta) – Mevo was a 720p camera, but now via a free app and software update you can now record in 4K 30fps 50Mbps on your Mevo SD card. Other bitrate options and 1080p resolution are also available.
      • 1080p Streaming (beta) – Previously locked to 720p, you can now stream in 1080p to supporting platforms (for now, Livestream and YouTube).
      • Advanced Facebook Live settings (beta) – We now support continuous streaming options, scheduled livestreams to Facebook pages, geographic location tags, adding friends via tags, and advanced video targeting.
  • Livestream Studio – Live Production Switcher Hardware and Software (Download version 4.5 today):
    • 4K encoding – Stream in 4K multi-bitrate to Livestream and YouTube.
    • NDI Support – Studio now plays nicely with other switchers and products that support NewTek’s NDI. Bring motion graphics with transparency from third party products right into Studio graphics templates over the network. Import and export HD sources with NDI appliances, software, and switchers over the network.
    • Advanced Facebook Live settings – We now support continuous streaming options, scheduled live streams to Facebook pages, ability to tag geographical location and friends to post, video tags and advanced video targeting.
    • Earlier this year we released hardware acceleration for Intel Quicksync-enabled CPUs and NVENC-enable Nvidia GPUs. As a result we updated the minimum specification for Studio making it more affordable than ever to create a Studio based workflow – all the way to 4K production, encoding and streaming.
    • Native support for Periscope/Twitter.
  • Livestream Cloud – Live and on-demand video cloud platform service that integrates with your website, OTT/mobile apps, and social feeds:
    • 4K video playback – Stream 4K video from Studio to your Livestream page and video embed for live and archived content.
    • Simulcast to Multiple Platforms – Send a single stream to Livestream while distributing your live content to Facebook Live, YouTube, Twitter/Periscope, and/or any RTMP enabled destination.
    • Consolidated Analytics – A single bird’s eye view of all of how all your streams perform across social channels in your analytics dashboard.
    • Lead Capture – Collect key data on potential leads (like name and email) by gating your content with custom input fields.

We’re excited to share these advances in our products at NAB. Visit our booth or watch live from the show.

Using an eCDN for Corporate Communications

Imagine delivering a flawless, broadcast-quality live video message from your executive team, or a live training event, to all of your employees, on any device, wherever they are, without clogging your network bandwidth. Can your corporate network support live events for large audiences without creating a bandwidth bottleneck or crashing? This is something organizations must find solutions for when planning internal live broadcasts to ensure high-quality streaming for no-fail events.

Livestream’s new Peer-to-Peer Enterprise Content Delivery Network (eCDN) solves for these issues by supporting an HD-quality seamless live viewing experience while minimizing the stress on your corporate network, reducing bandwidth consumption and cost, and maintaining privacy and security regulations.

Livestream’s eCDN for corporate communications empowers IT and communications teams to deliver a flawless streaming video event, without risking network health or compromising critical business functions.

What is eCDN?

An eCDN is an enterprise content delivery network, which is one way for companies to distribute content within their corporate network, creating a safety net for their internal bandwidth pipe.

A peer-to-peer eCDN helps to avoid network bottlenecks that occur when a large number of concurrent viewers in one office are watching the same content, such as a live broadcast. Instead of individual employee devices all pinging a single server to access a stream, a P2P eCDN reduces the amount of bandwidth needed coming from the external server. Instead, Livestream’s eCDN uses the bandwidth inside the company, redistributing the requests to devices within the LAN, improving stream quality and reducing the bandwidth load on a company’s internal network.

How Video Is Driving Corporate Communications Trends

Video is the fastest and easiest way to learn and retain information. Streaming your internal and all hands meetings has become de rigueur at large companies, but these in-demand, data-heavy streams can have massive network implications.

Today video is being used in organizations for a variety of purposes:
• Employee training and product demos
• All hands or town halls
• Internal HR events and panels

Streaming company-wide meetings is an effective way to keep employees engaged. According to Entrepreneur Magazine, engaged employees report 31% higher productivity and 37% higher sales. Conversely, the Dale Carnegie Institute reports that businesses with disengaged employees lose $11b annually.

This engagement data is driving demand for access to video in the workplace: according to Cisco, global business IP traffic is set to grow 21% from 2015 to 2021, which will require updated infrastructure to handle the load.

To avoid additional expenses or potential network failures, many corporations are considering eCDNs to meet these new challenges.

Traditional content delivery vs. Livestream’s eCDN for corporate communications

In a traditional content delivery setup, viewers connect to a server to obtain the streaming video they have requested. This server can either be inside the company or external – an example would be video content cached and delivered from a Cloud provider. Both of these setups have their limitations.

If everyone in the company tries to connect to a single server at the headquarters, the connections will quickly become saturated and the server will likely crash as it was not meant to handle thousands of simultaneous requests for data-heavy video.

If the server is in the cloud, companies often have significant limitations when it comes to connecting to the internet. They generally have a fixed capacity when it comes to external bandwidth, and networks are often not dimensioned for a massive amount of data requests from outside their network. Firewalls can further delay external calls, creating huge bottlenecks.

This makes streaming live video within the enterprise network very difficult. There are several means of mitigating this problem, and these solutions are collectively known as “eCDN.”

Solution 1: Install caching servers within the company network at each site.

Installing caching servers allows you to place a copy of the video close to your viewers to avoid the congestion of large numbers of requests to a single server. The challenge is this solution requires both significant CAPEX (cash) and OPEX (operating expenses). Servers are expensive, and installing and maintaining them requires significant expertise and dedicated personnel. In addition to regular maintenance, you’ll also need a dedicated IT team at each site to maintain servers to guarantee no-fail live streams.

Solution 2: Use an internal multicasting tool.

A multicasting tool broadcasts content en masse to every computer on the network. This requires specific equipment that supports multicast, and may also necessitate changing workstation software to be able to support multicast streams. This is not the “typical” streaming setup so it can require additional configuration in addition to this CAPEX.

Solution 3: Legacy P2P solutions.

Peer-to-peer within company networks has existed for many years. The principle of P2P is to use the abundant bandwidth within the enterprise network. However, the solutions on the market have had several major drawbacks: at the very least they have required users to install a plugin in their browsers or an app. Some providers even require companies to change their entire video stack and use a special, non-standard streaming protocol.

Solution 4: Livestream’s peer-to-peer based eCDN

Our eCDN distributes the stream with peer-to-peer networking, harnessing idle internal network bandwidth to more effectively distribute the stream. With Livestream, employees connect to the stream as they would in a typical video streaming setup. However, instead of getting the entire video directly from the server, their video player will also ask for segments of content from nearby co-workers viewing devices. This more efficiently distributes bandwidth requirements within your network, eliminating the risk of bottlenecks to the server, slow connections, and poor video quality.

Benefits of Livestream’s eCDN for Corporate Communications

Livestream’s peer-to-peer eCDN shares video across your intranet, utilizing a fraction of the bandwidth necessary from external servers. This allows you to stream high-quality video without interruption, without impacting your bandwidth or internal network.

Lower network costs
With our cloud-based eCDN, you’re not paying for higher capacity networks or any additional hardware.
Ease of use for employees
Using our eCDN does not require viewers to download additional plugins or software. They can still view your streaming video anywhere you would normally display that content. Additionally, since our eCDN is cloud-based, there is no installation cost or time spent.
Better quality streaming at scale
Viewers across the corporate network will experience better video quality and less buffering from using an eCDN.
7-day US-based support
Livestream Enterprise support experts are just a phone call away, any day of the week.

How eCDN works with your existing Livestream account

Many eCDNs work with desktop plug-ins or costly additional hardware or software. Unlike other peer-based eCDN solutions, Livestream requires no installation on workstations and no changes to your video workflow configuration. We use standard HTTP streaming formats and offer plug-and-play integrations for desktop.

Our technology is based on WebRTC, meaning connections are made directly through the browser and there is no workstation software to install, and no browser extensions or plugins for users to manage.

Livestream’s eCDN can be activated one time by your account manager and then can be toggled on and off within your Livestream dashboard to use as you see fit. There is no work or downloads required by the end user, and no additional hardware to purchase.

How do we set up your eCDN?
• First, we test the webRTC connections inside your network.
• Your account manager enables eCDN on your Livestream account and tests different devices on the same network. If you have multiple sites, we will test each site.
• Finally, Livestream will organize a global test with the company users and a test live video. After this, your eCDN is ready to stream.

Want to learn more? Existing Livestream customers can contact their Account Manager, or visit this page and complete a Custom request form