Why do Live-streams usually have such a high quality when Video Calls are often low resolution and stutter-y?


Aren’t they essentially the same technology? A video and audio feed being streamed to another location?

In: Technology

At the most basic level, live streamers tend to have higher quality cameras, as well as higher bandwidth upload speeds. This means more, higher quality data can be sent.

Couple reasons..

1. Live streams have a programmed delay. It’s not really live, and on some streaming programs you can define this value so it adapts to your bandwidth.

2. This brings us to hardware. With a large bandwidth, stable and fast Internet connection you can send video and audio almost instantly without problems. This is usually achieved with a wired connection and optic fiber connection to the provider.

3. How do we understand real time? For us to think something is live, we need to see almost real time feedback to what we say, coordination video-audio, and no stutter/freezing.

With all this together: live streams are made to feel live, while videocalls are actually what a live call would feel on average hardware, either with 0.3 sec between your question and the other person listening it, uncoordinated video feedback, or crappy video quality.

Video calls tend not to be low res and stuttery if you’ve both got good devices and are on good connections. The front facing camera of $50 android on an old 3g network, forget about it.

Because people make money out of live streaming, who makes money out of video calls?