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Top 10 Best Live Streaming Platforms


Live streaming has been booming the past couple years. Quarantines and faster internet speeds have increased its popularity. Live streaming can automatically help in reaching your target audience. Platforms are usually inexpensive or free. They are easy to set up and anyone with an account can start streaming. Live streaming events can give you the opportunity to engage with your audience in real time. 

Here are the top 10 best live streaming platforms. 

  1. Twitch

This popular live streaming and on demand video platform allows users to watch anything they want directly from their console or PC. A basic account is available for free and can be created directly from Facebook. For an ad-free experience, a turbo account can be created for $4.99 a month. 

  1. Facebook Live

This platform allows users to share content on Facebook for their friends and followers. You can interact with potential viewers on a real time basis which allows users to know the responses of their audience. Broadcasts can then be improved. Followers can be notified instantly when there is a live stream. Also, it’s available for free. 

  1. Livestream

Livestream can accept inputs from cameras, smartphones, webcams, and camcorders. Users can easily upload videos directly from their iPad or iPhone to websites like Twitter or Facebook. You can boost engagement with chats. A basic plan costs $42 a month. 

  1. Brightcove

This platform, often used by mid-size businesses and large enterprises, supports mobile web applications, iPhones and iPad. There are excellent video management tools and video marketing options. It allows you to maintain a large video library online and social media sharing is enabled. There are over 100 templates, playlists, and import video options. It costs $99 per month. 

  1. RingID

RingID, very popular in South Asia, is growing its reach throughout the rest of the world. An all-in-one social media platform, it has great live streaming options. It allows live broadcasts that are often used to promote users’ Virtual Storefronts. Best of all, it is free to use and broadcast. 

  1. Younow

A live social TV platform, Younow assists users in broadcasting their favorite videos directly from webcams and mobile phones. It’s a great platform to meet new friends. It allows chatting and promoting content. It is also available for free. 

  1. IRIS (Bambuser)

Bambuser allows users to live stream videos from their DV camera, computer webcam, and mobile phone. IRIS allows streaming to WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, and more. This is a free service. It offers integrated online storage, sharing buttons, and geotagging. 

  1. Periscope

Periscope is beautifully integrated into Twitter. When you are live, you will receive notifications about followers, comments, and new joiners. You are also able to set replay options for all your broadcasts so viewers can watch them later. You can access these replays continuously for 24 hours and then delete them at any time. This is also available for free. 

  1. YouTube Live

YouTube Live is designed with excellent analytics and offers great services like chats and other tools. There is no effort needed for post-production. Videos are available live or on demand. 


On this platform you can broadcast live events and shows online. There are social media buttons that allow fast interaction and many advanced functionalities that make sharing much easier. The platform allows you to watch and search for content without even logging in. USTREAM is often used by marketers, teams, and broadcasters. With over 2 million live videos per month it is extremely popular. Graphics, guests, and presentations can also be added. There is also online support and troubleshooting 24/7. The price for USTREAM is $99 a month.