Best Live Video Streaming Apps for Mobile

“Is there any app for that?” is a line I often hear these days.

Well, of course there is!

Look around you. Everyone you see has their heads down with their thumbs tapping away on a small screen.

Mobile phones are literally everywhere. It’s time to take advantage of this phenomenon through live video streaming of your events using your iPhone or Android phone. Sometimes you might see something and think “Hey! Wish I could broadcast that live right now!” but you don’t have your camcorder with you. Well, good thing there’s an app for everything these days.

Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in today’s society and it’s not surprising to know that nine-in-ten American adults have a cellphone.
By the end of 2020, there will be 6.1 billion smartphone users in the world. That means 70% of the entire human population on earth will have the means to be connected to the internet anytime, anywhere.

Smartphones have also become mini-TVs with larger and more high-definition screens. In 2014, 53% of all video was viewed on mobile.
Actually, from the Ericsson Mobility Report we know that video traffic is planned to grow 55 percent per year until 2020, driven by video streaming services.

People are getting more and more used to watch their content any where, any time and on any device. They watch their TV shows while standing in the train follow the live stream of the Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro. It’s the same thing for broadcasters – they can now broadcast video content from wherever they are through their smartphones. Looking to stream live video on your website, for example? OVPs like DaCast now make that easier and more accessible for diverse viewers than ever before!

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To do event live streaming from your smartphone, you need a video streaming app. There are plenty of video streaming solutions, including social platforms such as Periscope and Alively, and more professional services like Ustream and Wirecast Cam, some of them such as Livestream and Wowza Gocoder being restricted to their service only.

Here are some of the best live video streaming apps for mobile that will work with your DaCast channel.

1.  Broadcast Me

  • OS: iOS / Android
  • Price: $5.99 for lifetime access

This is a great app that lets you broadcast live video through your iOS or Android device. It runs through a multimedia server which allows for RTMP publishing. Your live stream should be encoded with H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec. It’s free on both iOS and Android devices and works correctly with DaCast.

Best Live Video Streaming Apps for Mobile

Please check out our dedicated Broadcast Me guides:
Streaming from an iOS device using Broadcast Me Live Streaming App
– Streaming from an Android device using Broadcast Me Live Streaming App

for iOS to learn more. This will walk through how to begin broadcasting using this app over the DaCast service.

2. NanoStream 

  • OS: iOS / Android
  • Price: Free

This Mobile Live Video Encoder is available for iOS and Android and includes H.264/AAC components as well as the nanocosmos RTMP stack to ensure a stable and professional stream.

NanoStream
Super easy to set up, this app will allow you to stream from anywhere on your DaCast channels when using an iOS device.
Please check out our dedicated NanoStream guide for iOS to learn more

3. Wirecast GO

  • OS: iOS 9.0 or later
  • Price: free / $5.99 to stream to any RTMP server

The free version of this mobile live streaming production app will let you stream directly to YouTube so you will need to purchase the full version to make it work with DaCast. The paid version will also let you replay highlights of your live broadcast and switch between unlimited shots.
Please note that if you have a Wirecast account you have the possibility to use Wirecast Cam which is a companion to the live production software (version 6.0.1 and above).

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There are many apps available out there to live broadcast directly from your mobile phone. But for it to be compatible with DaCast, it has to be RTMP-enabled. Make sure that the live video streaming app supports RTMP streaming. For the best quality streaming, your video should be encoded with H.264 and AAC for optimal results with the DaCast online video platform. This is true if you want to stream live video on your website, for example, and maintain control of the look and feel of your own content.

Now you have a host of the best live video streaming apps that can work with your DaCast channel. You’re ready to broadcast live from your smartphone or tablet anytime and anywhere. Not yet streaming with DaCast? Click the button below to sign up for our 30-day free trial (no credit card required)!

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Note: The pictures in this blog are not a property of DaCast. They were taken from the app mentioned in the article. These pictures are respectively  the property of  BroadcastMe, NanoStream, BigVEncoder, and WirecastGo.

By Philline Managuelod.

31 thoughts on “Best Live Video Streaming Apps for Mobile

  1. James Wasem says:

    All the low cost or free apps only seem to work with “legacy” RTMP channels. Any chance we can bypass stream authentication for the “new” Akamai channels with any apps or channel permissions?

  2. Adele Samantha says:

    Thanks for the article Philline. Netflix app or Hulu, or BBC, etc is great on Android. If live outside USA, you can use tools like UnoTelly to get Netflix or Hulu, or BBC on your Android. 🙂

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  7. Blaine says:

    Sure all these apps are great and I use them myself and LOVE them, but in 2018 will there be anyone left in the world that can use their actual brain instead of using a smart phone? Sadly, the younger generation (under 30) will be left out if all of the technology goes down. You want to watch how crazy they go, just take away their phones. Sure glad I am in my 40’s and can think on my own without relying on a cell tower for my brain.

  8. Chris Nitso says:

    Guys this list is great if you’re an iphone . None of these apps work with secured streaming if you’re an Android user. Surely you have something for us as we do represent 50% of the mobile user market.

    • DaCast says:

      It sounds like the app might not be able to input a login and password, but we are going to be testing it out soon. If it works, will add a guide to it and also mention it on this post.

      Thanks for the reminder.

  9. Patrick says:

    For people, who try to find a way, how to create a good quality flagship in this niche (live video streaming application) and make money on it. I advise to check this article “How To Develop a Live Streaming App?” It contains tips and advice which are practical to use. Good luck!

  10. ElenS says:

    I recently started using the Closer app. You should check it out. I find it much more convenient because it’s like a camera app that let’s you record your videos directly to the cloud, and let’s you share it to anyone from your phonebook and/or Facebook — live! If you don’t have the app, you can still view the stream through the link that the streamer will message directly to your texts.

    https://appsto.re/us/bElR-.i

  11. DaCast says:

    Thank you reading us Garry.
    I think that different options appear to you. You could use Apps. to mirror your phones’ screen to your computer and use this window as a Video Input Source for instance. We cannot recommend any specific App. but I would assume that a quick Google Search would offers you various possibilities.

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