Streaming networks come and go, but here you can get a brief history and listing of old and new.
- Beam (Became Mixer)
- blogTV (Became YouNow)
- Fotka.TV (Became Fotka.PL)
- LiveVideo.com (Closed)
- Live.Yahoo.com (Closed)
- Mixer.com (Closed)
- Sliver.tv (Moved)
- Stickam.com (Closed)
- Video.Mail.Ru (Closed)
As of September 19, 2016, this company is focusing on providing APIs and SDKs for other companies to start their own streaming services.
beam was acquired by Microsoft and changed its name to Mixer
This streaming service focuses on the mobile market.
This streaming service was closed when the company behind it decided to focus on YouNow.com a streaming service that categorizes streamers by hash tags.
Adult streaming video service.
This Adult streaming video service offers broadcasters and affiliates serious money for promoting the network. Read more over at Making Money Streaming.
Following in the steps of Twitter (Periscope.tv), facebook launched live video streaming that allows users and/or pages to go live on pages, groups, and events.
After Meerkat was crushed by Periscope.tv, the company started working on a new project that streams multiple people at once. The twitter account from Meerkat was switched to HouseParty on September 28, 2016.
This site started out as a place to watch a guy named Justin 24 hours a day, and he got lots of media attention. More broadcasters were added to the site and then it turned in to a streaming network. Gaming became popular on the network and the company decided to put all of their efforts in to a gaming streaming service called Twitch.tv and ended the original Justin.TV Service.
Livestream started a small service called Twitcam which was essentially the first Periscope, but it was shut down June 7, 2016. Livestream was acquired by Vimeo which is part of a publicly traded holding company called InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq: IAC). Although vimeo is a competitor to YouTube, streaming from livestream to youtube and facebook is part of the current marketing materials (Accessed Sept 23, 2020).
This great domain name and backing by Brad Greenspan (A MySpace Founder) should have become the place for live video, but the parent company LiveUniverse was trying to do too much at once. With a team of programmers from various other projects such as VidiLife (a Social Network based around videos), this network was able to build an impressively featured streaming client that was overly complex for the average user. Possibly due to how complex the service was, more mature users would use it and would try to stream mature content which led to extreme moderation that crippled the site for viewers as well. Ultimately the service was shut down November of 2010 as did many of the other sites in the companies portfolio. I think this site could have been saved if it were simplified and moved mature content to a new site that was built on the same platform.
While Yahoo was still popular, they tried their hand at streaming video in browser, but the other hand was still using Yahoo Chat. In other words, they failed to integrate the service properly with their vast network of games, social, and entertainment. With numerous bugs and stiff competition from Stickam.com the service was forced to close shortly after it launched in 2008 or 2009.
Update 2020: Facebook has acquired Mixer.com and the domain now goes to facebook.com/gaming
This service got so much hype at SXSW (South by Southwest) in March of 2015 because it made streaming almost as easy as it could possibly be. Everybody was using it until Periscope.tv entered the game, backed by Twitter. Twitter blocked some of Meercats functionailty with Twitter and therefore gave another advantage to Periscope beyond simply being easier to get started streaming because users already had a Twitter account. It is worth mentioning that Twitter blocked some meerkat features, but did not block Twitcam which came out way before any of these two services but arguably offered a similar service.
Launched on March 26, 2015, Periscope quickly capitalized on the success of Meercat posting live video links to Twitter by literally being part of Twitter. The service was owned by Twitter and therefore had better integration, especally after Twitter shut down some functionailty of Meercat. Periscope features were ultimately integrated into Twitter so much that Periscope was shutdown on March 31, 2021 but remnants of Periscope live on in Twitter Live.
SessionsLive is a live streaming platform targetted towards live music.
Sliver.tv has become theta.tv.
Stre.am launched in 2015 and focuses heavily on the mobile market.
Stream.me launched in 2015 and focuses heavily on the gaming market. The company is based out of Austin, Texas.
This was the Sega Dreamcast of the live streaming world, way ahead of its time and still unmatched as of September of 2016, more than 3 years since it closed in February of 2013. Originally founded in February of 2006, Stickam innovated software to stream a host and six guests to hundreds of people, which is literally SEVEN times harder to accomplish, especially at that time when DSL was still popular. Stickam innovated many other product offerings, but was still closed for reasons that were not publically disclosed. The Japanese version of Stickam is still operational, suggesting there were legal problems in the USA that made it better to shut down than continue fighting.
Theta.tv is utilizing blockchain and an innovative bandwidth sharing system to drive down the cost of running a live streaming service and incentivise both viewers and broadcasters.
This streaming service revolved around twitter, and was essentially the first Periscope.tv, but it was actually owned by Livestream.com. With the same fate as Meercat, Livestream decided to end the service on June 7, 2016 probably because Periscope had made the service obsolete.
This gaming oriented streaming video service offers broadcasters serious money for using the network. Read more over at Making Money Streaming. This company was formed from Justin.TV when they realized how popular the gaming streams were on their general streaming service. Twitch grew rapidly and got bought by Amazon.
This innovative streaming service categorizes streamers by hash tags. Started by the same people behind Blog TV.
YouTube does live video very well, but they do not have a very good way to find the live videos despite being owned by Alphabet/Google the company responsible for helping more people find what they need.
Streaming has been prohibitevely expensive for most networks, but with each one we learn how to reduce costs and increase essential features. If you want to add to the list or take a shot at building your own network, just contact us!