How to create Live streaming app like Meerkat, Periscope and Upstream
It's been 6 years, and today we have Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat catching on. These heavyweights invest immense amounts of money into building and supporting of their live streaming services.
Apart from that, the rapid growth of mobile traffic demanded the creation of mobile solutions. It resulted in the emergence of such applications as Meerkat, Periscope, LiveStream and Upstream.
Moreover, social media started to integrate the live streaming options into their native application. But what is so special about live streaming and how does one get an app like that?
That is what we are going to cover today. If you want to know more about live streaming apps, how they are built and how to earn on them – read on!
What is a live streaming app
The streaming applications appeared not so long ago, but are becoming more and more popular. These apps connect businesses with their customers, celebrities with their fans, bloggers with their audience. Live streaming became a solution for a lot of tasks. For example, one can stream from the backstage to greet their fans before the concert, or the business can explain its new service or product right from the shop. The only thing that matters is the internet connection.
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Building a live-streaming app
We recommend starting with a simple MVP – minimum viable product. This is an application that contains only the necessary features needed to test the viability of the product on the market and heighten the interest of the right audience.
In case MVP fails to reach the set goals, you can stop the development process without spending additional money to add all other killer features.
- Platforms it will be launched on
- Features it will offer
1. Create a native application for both iOS and Android
2. Go with a hybrid that is supported on multiple platforms
Going with a native app is going to require deciding on a platform you are going to start with. Is it going to be iOS or Android or even a Windows Phone? Researching the market for the video dreaming apps is going to give you clear insights before making this decision.
Let's see what features are vital for this type of application:
Developing the project further can have the social media integration planned to simplify the registration process and ease stream sharing.
Basically, when the stream us running the video is passed through the server and converted to appear on the screen of a user that watches the broadcast. As the same time, the video gets recorded and stored on servers. How long it will be stored depends on the storing capacity of servers. When the streaming is finished, the video gets deleted from the server.
This option can be improved by adding the "saving" function, so users will be able to watch the streams they missed.
Moreover, the world is crazy about insights and various metrics to improve whatever they are doing. Think about it!
It'd be good to add a calendar, where a streamed would be able to schedule all his streams and set up a notification for each of them.
Earning with the App
- Paid app
- Free/Premium account segmentation
- Advertisement in the app
The freemium strategy offers to download the application for free, but further upgrade it to the premium account to use additional features.
The advertisement option is pretty clear. You will have to place the ads of your business partners.
These are the most popular ways, but you can always come up with something of your own.
So what options do we have?