Live streaming apps: Facebook Live v/s YouTube Live v/s Periscope

Live streaming apps: Facebook Live v/s YouTube Live v/s Periscope

With Facebook’s live streaming being the new kid on the block, the question arises whether it is up to the standard with other Live streaming apps services like YouTube’s live streaming and Twitter-owned Periscope.

The Live streaming apps market has seen massive growth over the years. So will Facebook fail to make its mark, or it

Will Facebook live be able to compete head to head with other top rivals?

Will Facebook live be able to compete head to head with other top rivals?


To initiate the Facebook live streaming, just select the update status and hit the Live Video icon. You can also add a description about the Live streaming and choose the audience to whom you want to share it with before tapping the ‘Go live’ button. As soon as you go live you will be able to see how many people are tuned in, your friend’s names who are watching the live stream, and real-time comment stream. After the streaming is over the video will be saved in the user’s Timeline, which you can choose to keep it or remove it.

Searching for live videos is an easy task as you will get notifications on the news feed. Additionally, the users can also subscribe to their desired videos, so the next the video go live they will be notified immediately.


Presently Facebook Live is only offered to iOS users, though an Android version will soon be rolled out.

Live streaming apps: YouTube Live


To start a YouTube live streaming, users have to set a YouTube live streaming account and have it confirmed through a contact number. Once your account has been established, you will be given a link by which you can freely host streams.

You can either schedule the stream or start immediately. With scheduled live streams users have the option to change the privacy settings, and other options like backups and manually start or stop a stream. From playing games to news, tutorial, and sports, YouTube has engrossed a more than one reason for live streaming. It also offers with the options of interacting with the viewers, modify audios and videos, design reel, etc.


Currently, YouTube Live Screaming feature is only available in Beta and on desktop

Live streaming apps: Periscope


To get started with Periscope, you need to set an account via your Twitter account or your phone number and then you can start your broadcast right away. iOS users can access the broadcast by tapping the camera emblem on the bottom center. Whereas, for the Android users, it is the red icon on the bottom right.

Now users have the option where they can describe the streaming, select whether to make it public or private, regulate location settings through the three icons on top of ‘start broadcast’. You can save the video, share it or delete it.

To watch a live stream, all you have to do is click the TV or globe icon. You can connect with the conversation by the comment bar at the bottom. Periscope has a ‘support Apple TV’ option which allows you to watch videos on a larger screen.

All these applications have their strong points. For Facebook Live, you don’t need to install the separate app which is appealing. Whereas Periscope is easy to use as its designing is clear and YouTube offers variety with games, news, sports, tutorials and much more.

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