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Facts & Insights to the Business of Live Streaming

Those who are involved with live streaming for many years will appreciate this re-cap :)


The evolution of online live video.


Broken down by year, video quality, internet connectivity, team involved, leading streaming technology, distribution method, cost to produce 1 hour high-quality broadcast, and average audience size.


1996:

160x120 pix

56 KBps

ISDN special installation

Producer, camera/sound operators, IT support, 4-6 weeks time for vendor installation

Real Networks

Office networks

$25000

Audience size > 500


2005:

320x240 pix

512 KBps

T1

Producer, camera/sound operators, IT support

Windows Media and Flash

Office networks

$50000

Audience size > 5000


2010:

640x360 pix

1 MBps

DSL, T1, T3

Producer, camera/sound operators, IT support

Windows Media and Flash

Office networks and home use

$100000

Audience size > 10000


2018:

1280x720 pix

4 MBps

Fiber, 4G

Producer, streaming specialist

HTTP Live Streaming (HLS)

Social media platforms

$10000

Audience size > 5000


2022:

1920x1080 pix

10 MBps

Fiber, 5G

You

Zoom, Social media platforms

$0 (use your laptop or smartphone)

Audience size > 50 - 500



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