Gone are those days, when people used to watch live content on television. This era is dedicated to watching live-streaming videos on mobile applications. Here are some facts to get you warmed up:
These stats are the testimony to the fact that live-streaming via a mobile application has its reach out to a humongous audience.
Live-streaming is a way to broadcast all the actions or activities occurring at a particular place via a channel or an application, which can be watched by almost any individual who is having the application installed on their device.
First things first, let me tell you that the development of this type of application will cost you an arm and a leg, also, the development is no less a hot potato. So, let’s not beat around the bush and start with the steps to create your live-streaming application:
Firstly, you certainly need to determine what will be your audience and what type of content they will prefer watching. For instance, there are three basic types of content for any video streaming application that are:
So it’s better to do the research and plan out your journey in advance to avoid pitfalls later in the process of development.
It is also mandatory to ensure that your customers get an uninterrupted live-streaming video experience. To achieve it, you need to have reliable hosting. Initially, the quality of hosting need not be so imperative, but after a phase when your service becomes popular among a wide audience and imagine that a single video will be watched by a large number of users concurrently. To ensure the same, you need to have a strong infrastructure at the server-side. A great option would be Amazon ECS which also supports docker functionality, is a highly scalable containerized application on AWS (Link: https://aws.amazon.com/ecs/). Also, I suggest you to consult or hire an experienced app development company with similar prior experience.
Albeit, you think that you won’t need it, just try to think ahead of time, plan out and you will probably witness that it will be a very useful option. You may need to pay additionally for Content Delivery Networks(CDNs) and it will be worth it. It will ensure faultless distribution of content without any interference. Since we also need to take it into account that the video streaming server should not crash down while responding to a million users on the go. Thus, you should identify the capability of your server.
According to google 4 out of 5 users will turn off the player if the videos stuck while loading/buffering.
Points that influence streaming performance:
We’re all aware of what creates movement in the videos, they are the continuous images in chronological order. These images have high-definition qualities (at least 720p, till 1080p, and 4K) which need to be compressed for their faster transfer from source to destination. So from source, these are compressed and decompressed at the destination. This is done by a device or a program called video codecs. We, now have H.265 which takes almost half of the bandwidth to deliver similar quality content that can be provided by the H.264 codec. Codecs perform various actions on the server-side, transmit the files to the user, uncompress it and send it to the screens and speakers. You can say that codecs are a general term for compression/decompression.
We all are well aware of the fact that there are two leading operating systems in today’s world, different devices use different types of codecs. So, the server should be able to code-decode and stream video to a user in the right format.
Users should comply with the internet bandwidth requirements to that of streaming in order to watch videos without any latencies. The bandwidth required depends on the codecs you choose and the compression efficiencies they have. Let’s have a look at the table given below which depicts country-wise internet speed:
Considering appearance means a lot, you need to have a tempting theme with good colour combinations to please the eyes of your customers. So, you need to possess UI/UX skills or hire one leave it on us, as our designers/developers have those top-notch skills as well. UX in your application should be smooth enough so that the customers won’t face any tough time using it.
You can have additional features given below once your application becomes popular:
Finally, you have to start the development of the application, find the list of primary important tools down below that are used by the leading software development giants.
Last but not least, letting the cat out of the bag, you can make a lot of money out of this business in the long run. Find below the different types of monetization methods you can have in your application.
Did you like what you got familiar with? So start building your live-streaming application and become the next millionaire probably better than Leading applications. Furthermore, if you want an application like that then I suggest do not hold your horses, seek out an experienced company with prior experience in this domain. The development of an application like this is the best of both the worlds in a way that choosing the right niche and monetization methods can find your way to the immense success.