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History of Live Streaming

July 7, 1936

First Television Broadcast NBC/RCA July 7, 1936

This is a filmed record (not a kinescope) of the first actual “public” television broadcast in the United States. (There were perhaps three receivers capable of receiving the signal.) This show starts with the “live” portion (which has been filmed, rather awkwardly….it’s sometimes hard to see the actual image being..Read more

June 23, 2017

First Video Conference Call

“The Mother of All Demos is a name given retrospectively to Douglas Engelbart’s December 9, 1968, demonstration of experimental computer technologies that are now commonplace. The live demonstration featured the introduction of the computer mouse, video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word processing, hypermedia, object addressing and dynamic file linking, bootstrapping, and..Read more

July 20, 1969

Landing on the Moon : July 20, 1969

The video of the very first moon landing of the apollo 11 mission in 1969! Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon with his now legenday words “One small step for man, a giant leap for mankind.” This is a truly amazing video and it..Read more

December 5, 1969

The Start of the Internet

November 20, 1985

Windows 1.0 Released in 1985

The very first version of Windows® – reviewed.

July 29, 1986

Commodore Amiga

July 29, 1986

NewTek releases first frame grabber

  digitizes colour images in three pass using a colour filter wheel the wheel has to be mounted on a monochrome camera and rotated for each successive scan – an optional motor drive (Digi-Droid) allows automatic rotation of the wheel the composite video signal is fed to the RCA jack..Read more

July 19, 1989

AVID Founded

Video Editing Giant AVID was founded

July 19, 1990

The Word Streaming Appears in the Technological World

The term “streaming” was first used in the early 1990s as a better description for video on demand on IP networks

June 24, 1993

First Band Performs Live on the Internet

“Severe Tire Damage” was the first band to perform live on the Internet. On June 24, 1993, the band was playing a gig at Xerox PARC while elsewhere in the building, scientists were discussing new technology (the Mbone) for broadcasting on the Internet using multicasting. As proof of their technology,..Read more

July 19, 1993

NVIDIA Designs GPU’s

NVIDIA founded Nvidia designs graphics processing units (GPUs) for the gaming market, as well as system on a chip units (SOCs) for the mobile computing and automotive market. Nvidia’s primary GPU product line, labeled “GeForce”, is in direct competition with Advanced Micro Devices’ (AMD) “Radeon” products. In the video here..Read more

July 19, 1995

First Major League Baseball Game Live Broadcasted

RealNetworks was also a pioneer in the streaming media markets, when it broadcast a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners over the Internet in 1995

July 24, 1995

Windows 95 Released in 1995

Windows 95 Released in 1995

November 10, 1995

First Symphony Broadcasts on the Internet

The first symphonic concert on the internet took place at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, Washington on November 10, 1995

November 23, 1995

ABC News – World News Now – First Internet Broadcast – 23 Nov 95

ABC News – World News Now – First Internet Broadcast – 23 Nov 95

July 19, 1998

Akamai Technologies, Inc. becomes a content delivery network (CDN)

Akamai Technologies, Inc. is a content delivery network (CDN) and cloud services provider headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States

June 23, 2017

Early Live Streaming: Solar Eclipse of 1999

A History of mimoLive: The Early Years In a sense, mimoLive was born on August 11th, 1999. That was the day when we produced our first large scale live video stream on the Internet: The total solar eclipse of 1999. I had become friends with Markus, the CTO of the..Read more

July 24, 2001

Windows XP Released 2001

Windows XP Released 2001

July 19, 2002

Adobe Flash Becomes a Major Industry Standard

May 30, 2003

First approved version of H.264/AVC containing Baseline, Main, and Extended profiles

July 24, 2003

Skype Released in 2003

Skype (/ˈskaɪp/) (stylized as skype) is an application that provides video chat and voice call services. Users may exchange such digital documents as images, text, video and any others, and may transmit both text and video messages. Skype allows the creation of video conference calls. Skype is available for Microsoft..Read more

May 5, 2004

Wirecast 1.0

We finally released Wirecast 1.0 for Mac on May 5th 2004, after 18 months of development that felt like 5 years. It took nearly 2 months to sell the first copy of Wirecast. You can imagine that those were some rough few months. We paid for everything out of our..Read more

February 14, 2005

YouTube was Created

October 20, 2005

NewTek TriCaster was introduced

The TriCaster 40 allows you to record, stream and live mix (the Tri in TriCaster) HD and SD video

July 19, 2006

YouTube was Bought by Google

October 19, 2006

Gary VaynerChuck launches Wine Library TV

Gary VaynerChuck launches Wine Library TV growing a discount liquor store from $5 to $50 million in revenue

December 19, 2006

Philip Defranco starts his YouTube Channel

Philip Defranco starts his YouTube Channel. Later starts SourceFed and sells channels to the Discovery Channel. Further establishing the value of YouTube Channels with high subscription ratings.

March 19, 2007

Netflix Launches

March 19, 2007

Justin.TV Started

The original was a single channel featuring Justin Kan. Wearing a webcam attached to a baseball cap and streamed online via a laptop-backpack system designed by co-founder Kyle Vogt, Kan decided he would wear the camera 24/7, and he began streaming continuous live video and audio at midnight March..Read more

March 20, 2007

Apple TV Launches

July 19, 2007


July 20, 2007

Mogulus Currently known as Livestream was Founded

Livestream was founded as Mogulus, but was later renamed to its current title in 2009

July 29, 2007

Steve Jobs releases first iPhone 2007

March 19, 2008

Hulu Launches

March 20, 2008

The Tech Buzz Starts Online Show

“I started in March of 2008 and live streaming at that time was more or less “life casting.” Leo Laporte at the time was the only one really doing “structured shows.” That didn’t happen at least for me until 2011. Back then you didn’t have a lot of CDN choices...Read more

May 19, 2008

Roku Launches

July 20, 2008

Telestream Acquires Vara Software

Telestream Acquires “Vara Software” what is now known as Wirecast

July 20, 2008

YouTube Live Made its First Appearance

YouTube Live was a 2008 event streamed live on the Internet from San Francisco and Tokyo. It was hosted by a variety of YouTube celebrities, including The Black Eyed Peas rapper, Tom Dickson of Will It Blend, Michael Buckley, The Happy Tree Friends, Fred, Smosh, Esmée Denters and singer..Read more

July 20, 2008

The Tech Buzz with Stephen Heyward Started

Stephen says the only other person doing a live tech show was Leo Laporte and the only CDNs were USTREAM and Justin.TV

June 20, 2009

iPhone 3GS starts to support live video

July 20, 2009

xSplit Started

XSplit started in 2009 when SplitmediaLabs merged with Hmelyoff Labs. It was initially a screen capture product, which eventually became a livestreaming application and was called XSplit Broadcaster. Source:

July 20, 2009

VMix officially launched

July 20, 2009

Android starts to support live video

July 24, 2009

Windows 7 Released 2009

Windows 7 was released to manufacturing on July 22, 2009, and reached general retail availability on October 22, 2009.[21][22] It was previously known by the codenames Blackcomb and Vienna. Windows 7 has the version number NT 6.1. Since its release, Windows 7 has had one service pack.

July 20, 2010

The First YouTube Live Streaming Event

The first YouTube Live streaming started with certain content, including 60 cricket matches of the Indian Premier League

July 20, 2010

Casey Neisant starts his YouTube Channel

July 20, 2010

DaCAST Officially Starts Streaming Service

July 20, 2012

That Vidblaster Guy

Using DaCast, That VidBlaster Guy! produces over 50 live shows a year. Produced every Wednesday, live video streaming is watched by over 40 countries. Thousands of viewers tune in to the broadcast as well. The program is a self-role model for how to offer one awesome broadcast each week using..Read more

July 20, 2012

Philip Defranco started SourceFed

July 20, 2013

PTZOptics Founded

PTZOptics provides high quality video conferencing and broadcast cameras with HDMI, HD-SDI, USB 3.0 and IP Streaming. Our approach to video camera manufacturing focuses on value. We strive to provide best in class features at affordable prices while we extend our reach with open source camera controls, free Crestron/Extron programming..Read more

July 20, 2013

Sourcefed is Sold to Discovery Channel

July 20, 2013

HEVC/H.265 was approved as an ITU-T standard

July 20, 2013

Google launches Google Hangouts… Later releases Google Hangouts on Air integration with YouTube

February 20, 2014

Streaming Idiots

Tom Sinclair’s Streaming Idiots is started February 2014 to replace That Vidblaster Guy show. The transition marked a turning point in Tom’s support for vMix versus Vidblaster.

July 20, 2014

Open Broadcast Software Launched

Open Broadcaster Software started out as a small project created by Hugh “Jim” Bailey but quickly grew with the help of many online collaborators working both to improve OBS and spread the knowledge about the program. In 2014,[5] development started on a rewritten version known as OBS Multiplatform (later renamed..Read more

July 20, 2014

Twitch Buys Justin.TV and Combines Services

July 20, 2014

Ratings for National Cable Networks Decline 9%

July 20, 2014

8% of Pay TV Customers Cut the Cord

July 20, 2014

30 Million Homes in The USA Have a Streaming Media Device

July 20, 2014

YouTube Live Streaming Gains Traction Opening Up to Public

July 20, 2014

Gary Vaynerchuk launches Daily Show with Gary Vee

July 20, 2014

HEVC/H.265 version 2 was approved as an ITU-T standard

July 21, 2014

Gary Vee’s first VLOG

This is the the first episode of Gary Vaynerchuck’s VLOG!

July 24, 2016

NewTek Releases the TriCaster Mini

From the office, an event, or from anywhere… with TriCaster Mini, anyone using everyday camcorders can create and publish great video content in minutes, stream it live, and make even the smallest presentation captivate audiences like network-style TV.

March 23, 2015

Casey Neistat Posts his first VLOG

Casey Neisants posts his 1st VLOG video on YouTube

June 23, 2017

PTZOptics First Failed Live Show

PTZOptics First Failed Live Show

July 20, 2015

Joicaster Launches and Offers RTMP Streaming to Multiple Destinations in the Cloud

July 20, 2015

Periscope Acquired by Twitter

July 20, 2015

10 Billion Mobile Internet Devices Worldwide

July 20, 2015 Launches Free Webrtc Broadcasting Application

January 1, 2016

2016 Times Square Ball Drop – Most Watched Live Stream in History

February 4, 2016

NewTek NDI Announced

NewTek President and CTO Dr Andrew Cross talks about the advantages of live IP video production with NDI Technology in TriCaster Advanced Edition. Watch the full length video at

June 1, 2016

Facebook Live’s Mark Zuckerberg hosts first live stream from space!

Facebook Live’s Mark Zuckerberg hosts first live stream from space! Crazy how fast things are moving!

July 20, 2015

HEVC/H.265 Version 3 was Approved as an ITU-T Standard

July 20, 2016

Broadway hosts first every live stream

‘She Loves Me’ to Be Streamed Live, a Broadway First The Metropolitan Opera has been transmitting performances live for a decade. The National Theater in London jumped on board a few years later. But Broadway, facing both financial and philosophical obstacles, has been slow to join the trend. Now, after..Read more

July 20, 2016

Berkshire Hathaway hosts first Shareholders Meeting Live Online!

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tune in as Yahoo! Inc (Nasdaq:YHOO) hosts the first-ever live stream of Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders meeting today, April 30, kicking-off with live coverage and analysis from Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer, on-the-ground at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

July 20, 2016

Facebook Live Streaming Launches

July 20, 2016

Casey Neisant Reaches 3 million Subscribers

July 20, 2016

Microsoft Launches Skype For Broadcast

July 20, 2016

PTZOptics Launches First VLOG!

July 22, 2016

Watch the latest PTZOptics Live Show

PTZOptic’s Live Shows are hosted with YouTube Live

December 20, 2016

Gangnam Style hits 1 Billion views

July 20, 2017

40% of Homes Will Have a Streaming Media Device