UPDATE 11/8/2016: This article has been updated from its original content to reflect feedback and software updates from existing options in the article.
There are times where potential attendees for your event are just dying to come, yet for whatever reason (cost, distance, lodging, etc.) they can’t seem to make the trip.
Lucky for us, different types of event software enabled event planners to broadcast their events from afar so no matter where they may be, your attendees can still experience an event and not miss out on all its crucial information. On top of that, many of these tools are available for FREE online as alternatives to paid options such as Livestream.
Here are some of those free tools for hosting and live streaming your event online!
Although this list is not ranked by order, it seems only fitting that the biggest name on the internet have the top spot on our list. Google Hangouts on Air is a free tool offered to all Google+ users which allows up to ten simultaneous broadcasters to participate at once through your Google+/YouTube channel and, once you go live, anyone with the web address can view your live stream.
Other features include viewing invitations, chatroom abilities to answer questions live, and event scheduling. If you need help setting up your broadcast, Social Media Examiner has written an excellent and detailed guide on how to set up your next Google Hangouts on Air.
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Marketed as a broadcasting software for both live streaming video and videogame streaming, XSplit is a solid choice for broadcasting your next event.
Although XSplit offers several paid options, with enhanced features such as professional broadcasting tools and custom script plugins, the free option for XSplit offers everything you need to set up a live HD broadcast in a pinch.
Just in case you decide to upgrade to a paid setup, the Personal package is $4.95 a month, while the Premium package is $8.95 a month.
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Marketed towards a much younger and indie crowd, YouNow is versatile and free app for your computer, Android, iPhone, iPad, and even your iPod (if you still have one).
Going live on YouNow gives your event exposure to a much younger crowd and also allows you to give your event a much more personal touch with handheld broadcasting abilities on your smartphone or tablet. Creating and hosting your event broadcast is as simple as creating a searchable hashtag, taking a snapshot, clicking to share your broadcast, and hitting the “Go Live” button. Think of it as a video Twitter, ready to deploy at a moment’s notice!
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Like YouNow, Bambuser uses a system of hashtags and simple apps to bring your broadcast to the masses. The free version of Bambuser has limited production and editing functionality, like YouNow, but also offers paid options starting at $45 a month for those looking for a more in-depth live streaming experience.
Bambuser also has a mobile broadcasting app which works on iPhone, Android, and even Windows phones.
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The name gives it away. Open Broadcaster Software is a free and open source option for live video streaming and recording, if open source is your forte. Just like XSplit, OBS markets itself not only to gamecasters, but to online webcam broadcasters.
The one downside to using OBS is the lack of formal tech support; being an open source software option tech support comes in the form of asking for help on the community forums, therefore the use of OBS is for the more tech savvy crowd.
OBS is available on Windows 7, 8, and 10 as well as Mac OSX 10.8 and above. It is also available for the rare Linux user. (Didn’t know you all still existed.)
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If there is one thing Facebook knows how to do, it’s finding new ways to keep us all connected at all hours of the day. Now you can even share what is happening the moment it happens with Facebook livestream. This feature on the social media behemoth allows not only pages, but attendees, and other fans to go live at your event and broadcast their experiences straight from their mobile phones. With this tool you can choose your audience, receive live feedback in the comment section about your event, and measure how many viewers your livestream brought in.
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Have you used any of the free options we provided for your events? Are there any free live stream tools that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!
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