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.

[Case Study] How ISC Sports Network blends live streaming with video subscriptions

When Greg Maish, President of ISC Sports Network, began using Vimeo Livestream, his goal was to live stream sports from around Indiana into the homes of surrounding communities. “We had this vision of a single place where people can come and see local sports,” he said. “We wanted it to be accessible and readily available, for all of our sports fans.”

In just four years, ISC Sports has grown from strictly live streaming games into a full-fledged online channel, using Vimeo OTT to offer live and on-demand sports content. Learn more about how Maish used Vimeo to scale his local sports business, grow his audience, and monetize video content in our interview below.

Growing from live streams to on-demand video

Working in telecommunications for most of his career, Maish understood the trajectory of cord-cutting behavior, especially those who opt into OTT content, or services that go “over the top” of traditional cable providers. “At the end of the day, we all are TV consumers — but we are also very much OTT consumers, whether it’s Roku, Amazon, Chromecast, or even on our mobile devices,” he said.

After digging into his viewers’ behavior in Vimeo Livestream’s analytics, Maish made an interesting discovery. Despite the in-the-moment experience of live sports, there was a surge in broadcast views after the events ended. “It’s an interesting dynamic. We’ll get maybe the same number of views that we get during the game itself,” he said.

With this intel, Maish saw an opportunity to grow his audience with OTT. “Vimeo OTT was the piece that was missing,” he said. “We wanted a ready-to-go, fully developed solution. It’s been a real easy way in [to the OTT industry],” he said, referring to the simple content management tools and branded apps available in the platform.

Generating and growing ad revenue with Vimeo

For many broadcasters, advertising is a critical source of revenue. Admittedly, “local sports is not always that easy to sell,” Maish said (ISC Sports competes with 10 Division I NCAA colleges in the Hoosier state). Using Vimeo OTT’s analytics, Maish was able to pinpoint the number of viewers his productions brought in, where those views came from, their watch time, and more.

“[The analytics] give us great feedback on stuff we would normally guess on,” he said, and unlike other television measurement models, the data is precise. “It’s not a guess, it’s not an estimation — it’s really what’s happening.” Providing quantitative data to advertisers, and subsequently guaranteeing that their product or service will be seen, makes for a straightforward transaction.

Tips to live stream sports

ISC Sports is a prime example of starting scrappy and scaling quickly. How did they achieve their success with building a local sports network in just four years?

1. Know your vision. “You’ve really got to have a vision when you get started,” he said, while acknowledging that it can (and likely will) change. “Ours has evolved over time.

2. Top-notch, reliable distribution. Your business won’t gain traction unless you’re broadcasting quality content to bring in and maintain viewership. “That’s where having a partner like Vimeo plays into our business strategy,” he said. “With Vimeo, we know that when we’re out streaming, it will work. It’s always just worked, and that’s been a key ingredient in our success.”

In the end, Maish remains invested in and reliant on Vimeo to support ISC because of the team behind the platforms. “One thing we’ve learned as both a community-facing service provider and from dealing with vendors, is that loyalty is everything to us,” he said. “If we feel secure in that relationship, we will preach it from the rooftops.”

“When a vendor does what they say they will do and they do it well, we will be vocal to say, ‘These are the guys you want.’ Looking at what we have with Vimeo, we will share the good news with anyone who needs to hear.”

Engaged audiences spark business growth

Through their highly-engaged audience and growing advertising base, ISC Sports now broadcasts all over Indiana. “Our production team continues to grow,” Maish said. “Even for a local game, we may have 10 guys there doing things. We’ve had to evolve into multiple crews, trying to cover as much as we can.”

Fortunately, as demand grows, so does ISC Sports’ bottom line. “What we’re spending is very manageable,” he said, referring to Vimeo’s Livestream and OTT price points. “[It’s] something we can not only pay for, but it makes it a profitable endeavor for us.”

Learn more about how to grow your business — and audience — with on-demand video in our guidebook, The 2018 OTT Revolution. By analyzing 1.3B consumer data points, we took the guesswork out of how viewers consume and subscribe to video content, empowering you to focus on expanding your reach and maintaining subscribers.