Three types of video streaming apps

Online video streaming is on a permanent rise worldwide due to its flexibility and wide range of features provided. Today we discuss three types of video streaming apps.

With the global outbreak quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak, millions of people worldwide were forced to stay at home all day long. While some were able to retain their jobs and started working remotely, many others were forced to start looking for new jobs. Nevertheless, the vast majority of the US and the EU population have some backup funds and are able to wait out the lockdown with ease. But what are they doing while being forced to remain at home 24/7? Most of them are watching their TVs in search of entertainment!

This is why various video streaming apps are rapidly growing in popularity and while US cable networks lose around 14,000 subscribers every day, the numbers of Netflix and Hulu (as well as other video streaming platforms) subscriptions, grow daily. Most importantly, people that started using video streaming platforms usually remain long-term subscribers, meaning this domain will flourish even after the quarantine is lifted.

There are ample opportunities to enter this market, which rapidly becomes one of the fastest-growing consumer industries. According to Statista, 74% of the US consumers use Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu subscription videos on-demand, and this market grew by 20% in the last 5 years. Thus said, every dashing entrepreneur can quickly build a new video streaming app and if it is able to provide great customer experience — you can cut yourself a huge chunk of this pie. Today we discuss three types of video streaming apps, the features they should possess and how can a startup develop them.

What video streaming apps are out there?

Based on the content distribution manner, there are three types of video streaming apps:

As you are now familiar with the main types of video streaming apps available, let’s discuss the must-have features of such platforms.

Basic features of video streaming apps

There is a set of features that is crucial for any live streaming app. The rest is up to you to implement and get the “WOW!” effect from your customers.

As we’ve covered the basic features any type of video streaming applications must have, let’s take a look at how they are developed and delivered.

Video apps delivery process with DevOps

Once you decide what type of video streaming platform you want to develop, it’s crucial to ensure it is delivered quickly (to hop aboard the hype train) and with top-notch quality (to stay aboard and satisfy your customers). DevOps methodology enables such software development outcomes. It is an approach to building the software and managing the required infrastructure environments centered around automating all the repetitive operations. This allows to free up time and effort required for improving the product and align the goals of software engineers and cloud architects.

DevOps engineers restructure the whole Agile software development pipeline, automate the majority of testing operations, eliminate effort-consuming manual configuration, which results in up to 80% reduction of software development time, as compared to traditional Waterfall practices.

There are three main ways to obtain access to DevOps expertise — by hiring it in-house, subscribing to tech support from your cloud computing platforms like AWS or Google Cloud — or by working with independent contractors like IT Svit.

But how to ensure the contractor you choose is actually able to deliver the services you need? IT Svit can prove its expertise through a variety of positive customer reviews on various platforms like Clutch and GoodFirms, as well as with case studies of accomplished projects.

Case 1 — SymplyFI

SymplyFI is a VoIP and telecom product of The Network Company, a US technology provider. It is an app that allows contacting any person over the IP address or phone number and ensures stable call quality and simplicity of communications for businesses and organizations.

IT Svit was involved in various project aspects:

Our involvement allowed the customer to save up to 35% on various product development aspects and gain 200–300 customers monthly instead of 5–6 with manual product provisioning.

Case 2 — Digital Samba

Digital Samba is an enterprise-grade video-conferencing platform established in 2003. It is a popular platform used by European business, but as it was initially developed more than 15 years ago, it was not well-suited to modern cloud infrastructure and Docker container infrastructure.

IT Svit provided assistance with various tasks:

As a result of IT Svit employment, Digital Samba was able to significantly optimize the inner workings of their systems. Running the video streaming software as a bunch of microservices packed in Docker containers deployed to a Kubernetes cluster atop Terraform infrastructure on the AWS cloud platform helped save the OPEX by 28%. CI/CD pipelines ensured that the team was able to update each of the microservices independently. The in-depth monitoring system reduces the TTR by 90% and keeps the team alerted of any issues (of which there are not many).

Conclusions

Thus said, IT Svit is equipped with the needed expertise, tools and workflows to handle end-to-end development of video streaming apps. We can provide specialists, dedicated teams and full-scale DevOps services for startups and enterprises alike, and we guarantee a top-notch quality of our deliverables. Thus said, if you want to cut a piece of the fast-growing video streaming market — IT Svit can become a one-stop-shop for all your project needs!

Originally published at https://itsvit.com on May 19, 2020.