Livestream review

If you looked at Livestream a while ago and thought it was 1) too complicated, 2) too expensive or 3) not right for your business, then please sit back and take a look at the NEW Livestream.

The new Livestream is totally revamped and offers anyone wanting to stream live or pre-recorded video a one stop, easy to use, complete package.

Whether you are streaming a full up network or if you just want to post a few videos and have them come “live” at a set time, you will find the new Livestream a very good choice.

Livestream is really geared toward live events and in addition to live video, offers live (or real time) blogging tools that give you the ability to post text and photos into your stream.

 

 

8.5 Total Score
The Bottomline

What is Livestream (formally Streaming media) ? A place to broadcast live events and a place to watch live events.

Site Interface
8
Features
8.5
Support
9
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THE GOOD /

  • Designed for live events and live video
  • Live chat and live commenting
  • No Ads, No Overages, and No Limits

THE BAD /

  • Nothing at stood out during our review


 

Viewers watching your stream can chat in the embedded chat and can also add comments to posts.

Once a video goes live, viewers have DVR like controls and can rewind the live video.  When your event is over, you can have your stream published to the channel as a video clip. Not only that, but you can also edit and “highlight” parts of your video.

Social media is well (and simply) integrated into your feed giving you a Facebook “Like” button, and Share button, and a “Tweet” button. Viewers can also share via email and embed your stream if enabled.

 

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The new Livestream tagline is “No Ads, No Overages, and No Limits” – all good things for companies wanting to stream live events and live feeds. I called the support line and asked if I could “just leave my stream on…” and the answer was “Sure!” So now my choice for a network I’m launching is do I stream live for 24 hours straight or do I load up clips and set them to post at specific times.  Livestream gives me the choice to do either.


Livestream at a Glance

http://livestream.com
NYC, NYFounded 2007
Let’s share some love..!?

 


Pricing:

Pricing starts at FREE and includes unlimited ad-free streaming, unlimited viewers and unlimited on-demand embedding. The ‘Basic’ plan is $42/month and adds unlimited archiving, viewing without logging into Livestream, vanity URLs, and Google analytic integration. The Premium plan is $199/mo and adds unlimited embedding of the Livestream player and event page, Livestream on Facebook, ability to disable viewer count, comments and chat as well as 24/7 phone support.

Livestream gives you tools too, to help you get your event online easily – everything from their free encoding software (Mac/PC) to their Livestream broadcaster that is an easy to use hardware encoder about the size of a small paperback book. Just plug your camera in and you’re LIVE!

Livestream also offers dedicated hardware and/or software switchers priced from $2000-$25,000.  But don’t fret if you are on a budget. Livestream has an iPhone app that lets you stream LIVE straight from your iPhone!

 

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You can even add text and photo updates to your stream using your iPhone. Livestream videos are viewable on your iPhone too!

I recently streamed a weekend long seminar and everyone involved was extremely pleased with not only the quality of the video but there was zero buffering and zero playback issues.

If you want to stream anything from little Johnnie’s 7th birthday bash for the relatives, to your corporate or church, multi-camera event, to your own 24/7 network, Livestream is a fantastic choice that won’t break the bank.

 

Specifications
Pricing:Starting at $42/mo and up from there
Contract:No 
Audience Size:Unlimited
Distribution:Unlimited
Bandwidth:50 videos – Unlimited
Conversion Features:Will convert and store shows under 1 hour in length. Over 1 hour has issues. Free plan stores archive for 7 days
Branding:Retains livestream branding
Ease of Use:Easy

 

Company Overview

Editor’s note: This information was taken directly from the company’s Facebook page 

Livestream offers event owners a complete set of hardware and software tools to share their events with a growing community online. More than 30 million viewers each month watch thousands of live events from customers including The New York Times, Facebook, ESPN, SpaceX and Warner Bros. Records.

Founded in 2007, Livestream is headquartered in New York with offices in Los Angeles, London, Ukraine, and India.www.livestream.com.

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