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How to Build a Video Streaming App that Takes Your Business to Next Level

Summary: Mobile video viewing has seen a progressive rise globally due to increased digital content and better speeds for the internet. Video streaming apps are thus top-rated and can be a tool for businesses to build their brand, expand their audience, and earn from app monetization. As strategic marketing assets, they can attract and engage your target audience, keep them updated about features & updates, and take their reviews and opinions.

“Streaming” is the continuous transfer of audio and video data from a server to a client. In video streams, data is transmitted over the internet in a compressed form and viewed by the viewer. Movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, and live-streamed content are all examples of streaming content. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon prime videos, etc., are excellent examples of video streaming apps.

Video streams can be disseminated as part of a live broadcast feed, although they are often provided from prerecorded video files. When broadcasting live, the video signal is compressed and sent as a digital signal from a specialized web server that multicasts or distributes the same file to several viewers.

Facebook, for example, became one of the most competitive and focused entrants in this branding world by introducing Facebook Live to all users. Facebook is following YouTube and Periscope into Live video streaming after looking at the enthusiastic app development worldwide.

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Why is Video App a good investment for businesses?

The global video streaming market is estimated to be worth over USD 125 billion by 2025.-MarketWatch

Online video streaming has changed the world’s media environment and affected viewing habits everywhere. The worldwide video streaming industry has recently seen unheard-of expansion, driven by the internet’s quick spread, the accessibility of mobile devices, and the rising popularity of online video content. The expected global income from video-on-demand in 2021 was 86 billion dollars, with the United States accounting for the lion’s share of that total. The number of VOD users globally is anticipated to reach new heights, given that the list of international streaming services and the library of online video content are rapidly expanding.

5 Popular Video App Ideas

No matter your business, you can establish and launch your own live video streaming app with these 5 great ideas.

1. Business Conferences and Live Events

business conferences and live events


Video streaming is controlling and helping both event organizers and the people attending choose how they wish to communicate and attend these business conferences and live events. Video streaming app development allows viewers to check business events such as conferences, large meetings, live discussions, presentations, or webinars to engage the maximum audience and reach more potential customers.

2. Panel and Q&A Sessions

panel & qa sessions


Flexibility is essential when it comes to maintaining an engaged audience. Host a panel discussion on a particular topic and ask viewers for their opinions. Organizing panel and Q&A sessions will enable the target audience to question their issues or areas of interest. It’s an excellent idea for B2B organizations looking for customer engagement as you are showing concern for customers’ problems and opinions.

While organizing panels like these, you need to take care of a few things like:

  • If you receive comments or trolls from abusive users, ignore them.
  • If you get any complicated query that you can’t answer at that moment or think is off the topic, simply say,” we’ll cover it in our next session.”

3. Behind-The-Scenes Footage

A business can show its users what goes on behind the marketing sheen, showcasing the company’s reality or making its products and services. By offering such things, one can easily engage with the audience. Whether it’s a tour of your new office, an inside look into your teams, or making a product, behind-the-scenes footage lets your audience get in touch with the brand, leading to customer engagement.

4. Conduct Training

conduct training


Streaming apps help in conducting ongoing training sessions daily or weekly. This kind of content attracts customers who are already following you and potential customers. Viewers applaud this kind of content rather than the scripted ones. You can discuss any topic your customers are interested in and solve their queries.

5. Host Interviews

host interviews


Since users are the key factor in branding, businesses need to be more user-centric. Conduct short live interviews/meetings with clients or users to increase engagement. These meetings don’t just demonstrate the human side of your organization but also help you put forward your point of view as a brand. Make sure you always greet your audience, reply to their comments, and let them ask their queries.

Tech Stack and technologies used for Streaming apps

A video or movie streaming platform’s technology stack is based on several variables. The size and features you want to include in the platform significantly impact the best technology. The size of your target audience is a factor in the technology stack you choose for a video streaming platform.

  • Number of serviceable locations
  • Features to implement
  • The complexity of features and functionality
  • Data to be managed

Below are the technologies you can use to build a live streaming app:

  • Programming languages: Swift, Kotlin, Java
  • Content delivery network: Cloudflare/Amazon CloudFront
  • Hosting: Amazon EC2
  • API server: Node.js
  • Media processing platform: DaCast, Wowza

Video streaming apps vs. Live streaming apps: What’s the difference?

The term “live” refers to streaming video simultaneously recorded and transmitted in real-time, without pauses or delays. Live streaming is essentially the same as streaming, except that it enables video distribution as a real-time data stream via the Internet.

You might consider offering streaming video on demand when you want to provide your viewers the flexibility of choosing when to watch videos. Popular VOD services include Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, Hulu, and many others. With VOD services, your users will have more freedom with video streaming. They can watch videos on any device, at any time, and in any location.

What is live streaming, and how does it work?

Simply put, live streaming transmits live video footage to viewers while being captured in real time. Various streaming devices linked to the internet provide live-streamed media to their target consumers. Due to the size of video data, this calls for robust and specialized technology.

Live streaming works by transmitting video to the viewers without video lag using several streaming protocols. The most popular delivery methods for sending video to viewers are HLS, WebRTC, and RTMP. At a technical level, the steps include –

  • Compression
  • Encoding
  • Segmentation
  • Content delivery network (CDN) distribution
  • CDN caching
  • Decoding
  • Video playback

Top features your video streaming app must have

  • Live streaming service
  • In-app purchases
  • Region-specific content
  • AVOD, SVOD, and TVOD
  • User Watchlist
  • Set preferences
  • Recommendations
  • Multiple user accounts
  • Share content
  • Mini Video Window

Popular Video app examples

Popular video streaming apps

Note: These stats are based on a survey of 3843 paying online video users aged 18 to 64 in the US. The survey was conducted in three waves between July 2020 and June 2021.

Popular video streaming services (global) today include:

  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Hulu
  • Disney+
  • HBO Max
  • YouTube
  • Apple TV+
  • Crunchyroll
  • Home Box Office
  • Kakao
  • Line
  • Peacock
  • Rakuten
  • Twitch

How does Net Solutions build high-quality video apps?

At Net Solutions, we ensure to elevate the product experience for your users using our proven expertise in building video apps. Business owners need a good deal of deliberation in the planning phase of developing a video platform. And the proper selection of the software development partner is the most critical decision a business owner must undertake.

To assist you further, we have covered every aspect of how you can leverage the power of video technology in this ebook.

Video Streaming Development Case study

A digital firm from Montreal named Soaq set out to address one of the major problems big businesses encounter: staff members who tend to skip over messages, ignore video training, and generally neglect internal corporate communications.

soaq

The architects, designers, and engineers at Net Solutions recognized that we couldn’t begin coding blindly. To create a platform people use, enjoy, and promote, our team worked thoroughly through the pain points and followed a systematic process to create a product that Soaq’s users would adore.

SOAQ Client Testimonial

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 01

    What are the industries with the highest demand for video streaming?

    The video streaming market is vast and includes industries such as – Healthcare, eCommerce, Fintech, OTT platforms, social media, etc.

  • 02

    What is the cost of building a video streaming app?

    Depending on the sort of development firm and its location, a well-designed and feature-rich video streaming app may be easily developed for between $10,000 and $50,000 or more. This price is for creating a brand-new, native video streaming app for just one platform (Android or iOS).

  • 03

    How long does it take to build a video streaming app?

    Building an engaging video streaming app can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months. However, it can vary depending on the features and functionalities you want to offer.

  • 04

    How can real-time Live streaming can benefit your business?

    Companies and entrepreneurs can use live streaming technology to stay in touch with their followers and friends in real-time, providing exclusive content instead of annoying advertisements. Live video streams can elevate a brand’s inbound marketing to new heights.

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