Livestream Product and Feature Releases in 2017

Livestream Product and Feature Releases for 2017

At Livestream, our goal has always been to put the unrivaled reach of live broadcast television in the hands of every storyteller. We aim to make live video accessible, regardless of your company’s size or your level of experience. Our platform enables that – giving you the ability to broadcast your events, manage your content, measure engagement, and distribute your message wherever your audience lives. Live video helps our customers tell their stories while growing reach and revenue.

Livestream is always working to improve the features that you use, so you can easily expand your event’s reach and measure success. Below are the key features we released in 2017.

Complete Access to Livestream Studio

All Livestream platform subscribers can now access the full functionality of Livestream Studio. This move is designed to give you all the capabilities of a fully-functioning broadcast studio right from your desktop PC or laptop.

Studio gives you the ability to stream to Livestream, Facebook Live, YouTube Live, or a custom RTMP destination from within the software interface. It also supports the use of multiple camera inputs and comes with a customizable graphics library intended to bring your video experience to live.

Launch of Mevo Plus 

Launched in October 2017, the all-new edition of Livestream’s pocket-sized live event camera comes with significant enhancements.

Dual antennas for speed: The 2×2 MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) antennas provide stronger connection strengths in noisy environments.

Newly introduced WiFi chip for faster performance and increased range: With the 802.11ac WiFi chip, you can now stay connected to Mevo Plus from over 100 feet away, more than five times the range of the first-generation Mevo.

Mevo’s Android App Release

The highly anticipated launch of the Android Mevo app is available for free in the Google Play Store. This was a very popular feature request by Mevo users and one that has all the functionalities of our iOS app. Your Android device now serves as your personal video editing suite – zoom, pan and cut with ease from a single camera.

Stream Live to YouTube, in addition to other platforms

In addition to Livestream, Facebook, Periscope and Twitter, Mevo users can also now stream live to YouTube from virtually anywhere via WiFi or LTE – in up to full HD 1080p on supported platforms. You also now have the capability to record your wide shots in stunning 4K directly to your SD card.

Free Trial – with All the Perks of the Enterprise Plan

With the introduction of a Free Trial for Livestream, we are offering access to all the features of our Enterprise plan for 30 days. This means that you can now create a free account and test the key features of our Enterprise plan. This new release gives you the opportunity to test your entire workflow and pick a livestreaming plan that best fits your business needs. Here are some popular features of our Enterprise plans:

White-Label Embeds: Remove all Livestream branding and links to create a completely white-labeled embedded player that’s not just yours – but one that is consistent with your brand.

Stream Live to Multiple Destinations with Simulcast: Expand your audience reach by delivering your livestream across RTMP-enabled destinations from a single source. With Simulcast, you get to stream to Livestream and Facebook Live simultaneously, or YouTube Live, Twitch, and Periscope.

Stream via RTMP: Take advantage of the flexibility to stream to your Livestream homepage with third-party encoding products via RTMP.

Privacy and audience controls: Make your event private to your desired audience by password-protecting it, hiding it from public view, or restricting video embeds to your website.

The free 30-day trial allows you to test the platform and all the features that our Enterprise plan has to offer with no commitment and no credit card required.

Streaming to Social: Simulcast Improvements + Analytics

We’ve added tools that make it easier for you to stream to multiple social channels and grow your audience. You can stream to multiple Facebook pages from a live event, connecting with your fans wherever they are. If you’re streaming to Facebook Live on behalf of a client, and want to stream to your own page as well, you can easily broadcast to both with the push of a button.

We’ve also added the ability to stop and start your Simulcast mid-stream. If you’re streaming to Facebook Live, and want to direct viewers back to your Livestream live-player embed, you can toggle the Facebook Live stream “off” without interrupting your event. Learn more here.

Guest Chat

Our guest chat feature for Premium and Enterprise customers makes it easier for your audience to join the conversation. Anyone watching your live event can join the chat without creating a Livestream account. Instead of navigating away from the player to sign up for an account, viewers will stay tuned to your content and won’t miss a thing.

You can choose in your account if viewers need to sign in or not to participate in your live chat. This includes support for white-labeled events as well, providing viewers with a fully unbranded in-player chat experience. To learn more, read our help center article.

Simulcast Your Stream

One dashboard to rule them all: Livestream let’s you manage all your live video content in one place, no matter where you’re streaming to. With Simulcast, you can seamlessly stream to Facebook Live, YouTube, Periscope, and Twitch from within your Livestream account.

By pushing your events to different platforms, you can tailor your message to the right audience. Brands like Tough Mudder and USA Today have already seen increased engagement by broadcasting “sneak previews” to social channels, while directing viewers back to their own websites with the Livestream player embed.

Simulcast gives you the power to choose where to stream your content – more destinations means more viewers. While your live events connect with viewers across social channels, Livestream keeps your video-on-demand archive organized and accessible from within your account. Visit our help center article to learn more about how to get started.

Simulcast Analytics

Managing your content across multiple social platforms and measuring the success of your live events is easier than ever. Gone are the days of chasing down viewer metrics across a half dozen websites. Simulcast gives producers a central hub for distributing their content, and you can measure your engagement from a single place as well. Our Simulcast Analytics release incorporates analytics from our Simulcast family of social channels into your Livestream dashboard.

The Analytics dashboard gives you an easy-to-access, bird’s-eye view of your live video metrics. Customize your Analytics view by selecting individual events or individual channels, or compare your engagement across multiple events and destinations for a comprehensive overview of your event’s reach. Learn more here.

HTML5 Player

For every improvement on the front end, there are just as many updates and releases happening in the background that enhance your Livestream experience. The Livestream platform has updated from Flash to HTML5, offering customers a more robust experience for their viewers on Livestream.com and the Livestream player embed.

Our HTML5 player – available via the Chrome browser – is more reliable and requires less processing power. Livestream is committed to future-proofing our platform, and we’re excited to extend HTML5 to popular web browsers like Safari and Firefox in the future.

Donations for All Subscribers

Online donations have grown steadily – up 7.9% in 2016 compared to 2015 – with small organizations seeing the largest growth in digital donations. This year we opened up Donations to all Livestream platform customers, giving them the ability to collect donations directly within the Livestream player. Combine the power of live video with our in-video donations feature to raise money for your organization or company, or fund more compelling online content with crowdsourced support.

From houses of worship and nonprofits to independent artists and creators, our donations feature gives your viewers an easy way to show their appreciation, without navigating away from your live event. At any point during your broadcast, viewers can donate from within the Livestream player embed, or your Livestream page.

As we continue to build and grow, we’ll bring you more Livestream features that help you tell your story and connect with viewers anywhere.


Find out what these features can do for your next live video event today.

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