Video Conferencing vs Live Video Streaming

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As society adapts to a world where physical distancing is necessary due to COVID-19, technology also adapts to accommodate these needs. There is a wealth of collaborative tools that allow for effective communication during these times. Video conferencing and live video streaming are two different solutions that allow your company to connect over the internet.

Video conferencing and live video streaming are both solutions for communicating over the internet, however they are not synonymous with one another. There are differences, both on the front-end and on the back-end, in which either would be used in different applications. So what’s the difference between video conferencing and live video streaming?


Video Conferencing

Video conferencing is like meeting in a conference room, with participants able to discuss and share computer screens with one another, whether it be a one-on-one meeting, a small huddle space of 4-6 people, or a 20-person boardroom meeting. Interactive features of video conferencing include tools including screen sharing, whiteboarding, and remote collaboration, which are all features that would let you connect as effectively as you would in person. Video conferencing allows true two-way communication.

The drawbacks of video conferencing would be that the quality of the call is dependent on the audio and video equipment participants have. Also, video conferencing does not typically allow broadcasting to large audiences. It is best suited for small groups.


Typical video conferencing scenarios include:

– One-on-one meeting

– Team meeting

– Meeting of up to about 20 people in a conference room or huddle room

– Small classroom training session

– Job interview


Popular platforms for video conferencing:

– Zoom Meetings

– Webex Meetings

– Webex Teams

– Microsoft Teams

– Google Hangouts


Live Video Streaming

Live streaming could be thought of as sitting in a lecture hall. It is best used to provide high quality video to reach a larger audience that would not be effective in a video conference situation. Features available in some streaming services include polls and Q&A like in an actual seminar. Recording the stream is also available for viewing at a later date.

Limitations include a degree of latency due to its focus on broadcasting high quality video to tens, hundreds, or thousands of viewers. The video is usually delayed 30-60 seconds as it passes through specialized servers that format the video for viewing in web browsers on phones, tablets and computers. Also, streaming does not allow real-time two way communication. Users are unable to have a conversation or share their screen with the host/broadcaster. Live video streaming is best used as a one way communication tool.


Typical live video streaming scenarios include:

– Company-wide town hall broadcast

– Company wide quarterly results broadcast

– News station broadcast

– IP camera broadcast (security,  traffic, wildlife)

– Large university lecture


Popular Platforms for Live Video Streaming:

– Zoom Webinars

– Webex Events

– Microsoft Stream

– IBM Video Streaming

– YouTube

– Vimeo



This is an example of an event by AVT where live streaming is used. Remote participants can view the live stream from anywhere they have an internet connection.


AVT is proud to offer video conferencing support and live streaming support for almost any scenario. We’ve been doing it long before COVID-19 and we’re ready to help!


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