During this year’s VidCon (an event focusing on the online video market) held in the city of Anaheim, California, YouTube took the opportunity to reveal that it has added a live streaming feature to its mobile app. It appears that live streaming features have become the rage right now, with Facebook touting its Live feature while Twitter has its Periscope, and YouTube would do well to join in on the program. But with Internet giants such as YouTube and Facebook now offering live streaming services, will wireless carriers be able to handle all that load?
As explained in the YouTube Creator blog, YouTube users will be able to stream video content directly from their mobile devices with just one easy tap of their finger. Comments from viewers are scrolled over the broadcasted stream (like what Periscope does), and the users themselves can search for live streams as they are broadcasted. As of now, the live streaming feature is only made available to certain high profile YouTube content providers. However, the service will soon be rolled out to all YouTube users.
Among mobile apps existing today, YouTube is responsible for the biggest volume of Internet traffic, per information provided by market research firm Strategy Analytics. The demand for video content streamed live over the interwebs, especially those generated by users, have also increased over the last year or so. In March early this year, Twitter revealed that its Periscope live streaming service had been utilized by mobile users in broadcasting over 200 million live streams since the mobile app was launched back in March of 2015. Twitter further explained that users everywhere were viewing almost a million hours of broadcasted live stream on a daily basis.
All well and good for those who generate and facilitate live stream broadcasts. But for mobile service providers in the United States and around the world, this trend will likely make life more difficult for them. Just this week, Qualcomm explained that while LTE network download speeds have improved over the last few years, upload speeds have not. Indeed, technologies such as carrier aggregation have made it possible for wireless carriers across the globe to continue to enhance the download side of things. But when it comes to upload side of things, it could definitely use some improvement. This is mainly due to the face that until now, mobile users typically download content more than they upload content. But that is about to change, and the tables are already starting to turn now -- users now upload things more or as much as they download them.
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