What are the best live broadcasting apps?

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    #1VK Live

    VK Live
    VK Live is an app for live streaming on VK. It lets you tell about yourself to thousands of people in real time and become popular.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Jacob Cole
    Written on February 22, 2017
    "The site doesn't seem focused on any one subject which could be bad or good. I also have concerns about privacy and safety. Why would i share some private information about myself with strangers? There needs to be some type of channels or topics that can be the subject of conversation. There needs to be some type of filtering to limit who can see my stream."
  2. 60

    #2Hang w/

    Hang w/
    Now you can show your favorite live broadcasters some love with our newest feature yet - digital tips! Tip anywhere from 1 coin (ten cents) all the way up to 100 coins (ten bucks!) during a live broadcast.
    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Debra Keller
    Written on May 17, 2017
    "Hang W/ is a fun live streaming app. It's cool because it lets you charge people, if you like, to watch your stream or get a cut of profits from ad revenue. You can also tip streamers that you are watching. It gives you a bit more room to work with if you're looking to turn your streaming into a little side gig or make a couple bucks doing what you love. It's a pretty fun app, I'd recommend it to anyone looking to try to make a couple dollars just chatting with people."
  3. 57

    #3Livestream

    Livestream

    Livestream is a live broadcasting app developed by Livestream Inc. It lets users watch and stream live events through their smartphones. Interestingly, it also enables them to broadcast their own content through Facebook, Twitter, and more.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Brandon Powell
    Written on April 16, 2017
    "It can be hard to gain a following in the livestreaming community but Livestream can help you reach a large audience with ease. Livestream helped me reach people across all social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, etc.) in no time and I was able to share my content far and wide. "

WHAT’S THE MEANING

Broadcasting is defined as the process of distribution or transmission of digital content, such as audio or video, to a dispersed and large audience through any electronic mass communications medium.

DID YOU KNOW

Did you know that the word ‘broadcasting’ was originally an agriculture term? In the realms of agriculture, broadcasting is a method of seeding that involves mechanically scattering of seeds. It can be safely surmised that radio broadcasting adapted the term in a relatively the same concept, which is to disperse something and in communication parlance, dispersion of signals. It is odd not to consider the contribution of the earliest radio developers in today’s live streaming and broadcasting success. The first radio program that was ever broadcast by Reginald Aubrey Fessenden on a Christmas Eve in 1906. From personal to commercial, the unprecedented growth of radio transcended to the realms of entertainment in 1920. Interestingly, the live broadcasting and live streaming are two inseparable things, at least in the parlance of communications, and one of the leading platforms in the music industry today includes the latter. A collection of data from Go Globe reveals that 80% of the heavy internet users and mobile audiences watched more live videos in 2016 as compared to 2015. Moreover, the streaming industry is projected to hit a 70-billion revenue by 2021. Today, major social media channels offer live broadcasting services such as Facebook. This feature is utilized mostly by influencers, celebrities, and brands.

  1. 48

    #4StreamMe

    StreamMe
    StreamMe lets you connect with friends, broadcast to friends, and watch and chat with talented people stream whether for gaming, playing music, making art, and more.
    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Alice Lawrence
    Written on June 13, 2017
    "StreamMe is a really cool free app that let's you broadcast your own videos or watch other people's broadcasts. It also offers a chat feature but the streaming content is really the best part. It's easy to use and fun and let's you feel like you're right there with the broadcaster. Would highly recommend."
  2. 44

    #5Stream

    Stream
    Stream is a worldwide community of users sharing life's unique moments. Join today, and experience life through someone else's eyes.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Stephen Washington
    Written on January 27, 2017
    "I have extended family in many places of the world and this makes it so fun to post live when we are doing things and want the family to see. I also enjoy watching other people do things that sometimes are so outrageous and fun. I have some favorites I like to watch and I am notified when they are on. Better than any live reality show and right on my phone."
  3. 41

    #6Periscope

    Periscope

    Periscope lets you broadcast and explore the world through live video. See where news is breaking, visit a new place, or meet people and share interests - all in real-time. You can also link your Twitter account with Periscope.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Jaime Delgado
    Written on February 8, 2017
    "This app is very easy to use and really gives me a feeling of freedom. I love being able to start livestreaming whenever the whim might strike me. It makes me love my phone all that much more because it helps me connect with people from all over the world."
  4. 40

    #7YouNow

    YouNow

    With YouNow, you can chat with live broadcasters and connect with your audience by going live! Have fun joining broadcasters as a guest, creating selfies, sending gifts, interacting with your community, and capturing moments.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ayaan Gupta
    Written on May 28, 2017
    "YouNow is a live streaming service that works really well and is easy to use. Their phone app makes live streaming real simple and the chat room layout style works really well in my opinion. "
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    #8Houseparty

    Houseparty

    Houseparty is the group video chat app that you've been missing in your life. We've got you covered. It's simple, synchronous and social.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Andy Zhu
    Written on March 13, 2017
    "There are a ton of video apps, but none let you group chat the way Houseparty does. It's the perfect app for when you want to have a conversation with 2 or more. Plus, it's perfect to capture live events as your standard camera. You can record your events so you can always be a reporter. When you see something, turn on your cam. If you are looking for a safe video alternative, this is the perfect app. "
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    #9BIGO LIVE

    BIGO LIVE
    BIGO LIVE is the most popular broadcasting app on a mobile platform where you may start your own live stream and watch an enjoyable show of talented performers. 
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Harry Wheeler
    Written on January 10, 2017
    "I like the app overall, i think it's a very cool concept and it's something that most apps don't have so it stands out on that regard but at the same time there is a lack of creativity put into this as there aren't any features that would make you say yeah we would use this over facetime or any other thing like skype. so in that regard it's not the best but i do like the concept of it and hope they develop some new things to make it better overall for the average consumer who downloads apps."
  7. 22

    #10Facebook Live

    Facebook Live

    Facebook Live is the official live broadcasting service developed and provided by Facebook. This feature available on Facebook allows you to stream directly with your followers, and to gain new followers by using this app. 

    Apps

    Web

    Free

    Olivia Wright
    Written on August 13, 2018
    "Correct me if I'm wrong, I don't think Facebook Live is an app? Because upon visiting the site, I saw no download button. However, upon opening facebook app, I am able to broadcast live. But I only had 3 viewers poor me hahahaha. LOL. Anyway, this is like an instagram live if you are familiar."
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    #11NabiLive - RTMP streaming

    NabiLive - RTMP streaming

    NabiLive is an app developed for iOS that allows you to stream live using just your iOS device. YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch are completely compatible services. 

    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Vishal Shah
    Written on August 13, 2018
    "Not broadcasting but for STREAMING purposes as its title says. Still, a good app."
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    #12Challenge Hero

    Challenge Hero

    Challenge Hero is an app created for live social networking. It allows users to stream live events where they can post it and people from other parts of the world can watch. Challenge here is a crowdfunding platform to raise money.

    Apps

    Web, iOS

    Free

    Harry Sberro
    Written on August 19, 2018
    "Crowdfunding your LIVE events, it allows you to raise money for broadcasting a LIVE event and broadcast only to the event supporters."
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    #13Track n Watch

    Track n Watch

    Track n Watch is a live streaming website which allows its users to stream and watch from the site's contents for free. It is also compatible with a smartphone and lets people track emergency services, storm warnings, and security companies, among others.

    Websites

    Free

    Adrian Francis
    Written on January 7, 2019
    "This is one of the best live streaming phone apps I have used and it also records the live stream automatically and gives you a link to download the recorded video and shows your location and works on all platforms and can be switched on and off with bluetooth devices and ..........the list is endless and its all free."

Summary

Best What are the best live broadcasting apps
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1VK LiveApps 86 Free
2Hang w/Apps 60 Free
3LivestreamApps 57 Free
4StreamMeApps 48 Free
5StreamApps 44 Free
6PeriscopeApps 41 Free
7YouNowApps 40 Free
8HousepartyApps 34 Free
9BIGO LIVEApps 33 Free
10Facebook LiveApps 22 Free
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