In the rapidly evolving technological environment that we currently find ourselves in, livestreaming has become somewhat of a big deal. According to statistics, video streaming accounts for more than two-thirds of all internet traffic and around 80% of a brand’s audience would rather watch a live video from their favourite brand as opposed to reading a blog or social post by them.
With the amount of new and innovative technology constantly popping up on the market, it can be difficult to establish exactly what you need in order to either watch livestreams or become one of the many streamers currently broadcasting on platforms such as Youtube Red or Twitch. With that being said, let’s take a brief look at of the best and most effective equipment for all of your livestreaming needs.
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For The Watchers
In terms of spectating your favourite streams, the first thing you’ll need is a device with enough processing power to be able to keep up with the demands of live video. Luckily, most modern computers and laptops already offer this, with some of the more recent next generation gaming consoles such as the Xbox One also providing you with more opportunities than you realise.
Along with a set of quality speakers and headphones, a big bright screen is also a decent bet if you’re going to properly enjoy your streaming experience – this is especially important when it comes to interactive livestreams where it’s imperative that you see everything that’s going on in order to make informed decisions on your gameplay or next steps.
Companies Doubling Down On Live Interaction
Interactive livestreams are growing in popularity. When it comes to music gigs and other events and consumer participation remains high in the light of most providers when it comes to online entertainment. This can certainly be seen within the online casino industry. Sites such as the Canadian online casino portal showcase and review options for Canadian players to play via livestream, in a type of game called “live casino”. Effectively, these are games such as live roulette and live blackjack, making use of a real life croupier who deals a live deck or roulette wheel and interacts with players as they choose whether to place an inside bet or throw it all on red or black.
When it comes to other popular games such as live Texas hold’em, players can compete against the house in a variant of five card poker but the live element of the game means the player can see the dealer dishing out the river card in real time as well as seeing as how other participants are doing. No matter what the scene, interactive livestreaming is undoubtedly the way forward.
For The Aspiring Streamers Wanting To Up the Ante
If you fancy being in charge of the content as opposed to consuming it then you certainly need to invest more time and money into getting the equipment for all of your streaming needs. The first thing to establish is what it is exactly that you’re planning on streaming.
An everyday smartphone is without a doubt the most cost-effective way to stream from a location of your choice and with a few small additions such as a Moment wide angle lens and a high quality mic, you’ll be good to go as long as you have a strong, reliable internet connection. If you’re looking for a high quality platform to stream from then it might be a good idea to upgrade to using actual cameras such as a Blackmagic Web Presenter or even gamble on a multi-cast hub if you’re planning on going the whole hog.
Pro Tip – Do Your Research
The above guide only scratches the surface when it comes to livestreaming. If you’re simply planning on watching live streams then the chances are that you already have the tools at your disposal, but you may, in time, want to upgrade them to make your experience more immersive.
In terms of streaming, it’s better to stack the odds in your favour by formulating a proper plan and doing your own research with regards to the budget you have at your disposal. Don’t forget, it’s very possible to start off with the cheaper equipment and work your way up so the sooner you get off the ground the better. What are you waiting for?