Differences Between Webcasting and Live Streaming

Differences Between Webcasting and Live Streaming 

This article is for you if you have ever wondered about how different are webcasting and live streaming from each other. 

The misunderstanding between these two terms has mainly arisen due to the combination of new media, technological terms, and similar hybrid words. But any confusion that you may have had about these both topics will now be cleared up here.


The process of transmitting and receiving data continuously over a computer network is called streaming. Some of the trending streaming platforms around the world are Netflix, YouTube, and Spotify. Streaming is the process by which we watch the pre-recorded content, such as a video or a music clip, online. In the process of streaming, the content you’re watching gets constantly loaded in real-time via the internet, through the website’s servers.

Live Streaming:

Live streaming is an enhanced version of video or music streaming where the content is not pre-stored in the website's server but gets constantly uploaded on the internet while the event is happening. In this process, the service provider captures the footage and streams it on your device live via the internet. live streaming can be done with the help of your mobile phone, webcam, or with a full-scale cinematography setup.


Webcasting is the method of broadcasting or distributing content with the method of streaming over the internet. This follows the one-to-many format and hence, can only be done with the help of special equipment. Companies prefer webcasting over the traditional broadcasting system. Mainly due to it being cheaper as well as much more accessible.

Both live and pre-recorded videos can consist of webcasts. This refers to the live event getting first broadcasted in real-time and then being available to see as on-demand content.


On-demand is a term that is coined due to the advances in technology only. This is because it refers to the pre-recorded content being available to anyone for watching at any time that they want. Unlike the content that is streamed on traditional sources, such as a tv or a radio, this type of content is accessible for the viewers at all the time.

Video Conferencing:

The term often gets confused with the terms such as ‘live video’ and ‘live conference’ due to its common relationship with webcasting which also includes crossing over between two platforms. Thanks to Apple’s facetime feature, billions of people all around the world enjoy the simplest form of video calling. Now, even man offices also have started to have some kind of video conferencing setups in for performing one-to-one meetings through the webcams, that are mainly fixed in the office’s boardroom.
A video conference always happens in real-time and hence, follows the one-to-one streaming format. For example, a class of your college occurs online in which your teacher includes all the students, and when the class ends, the video doesn’t get to be seen by anyone again as it was not being recorded or saved.

About Inspire Live Streaming:

We create experiences that are born out of collaboration and engagement for our clients and their respective audiences. Our clients gain are benefitted from the ability to stream live town halls and panel discussions with anyone and everyone that they want amongst their entire organization, even if all the speakers and the staff are working from home. We overcome the limited capacities of solutions like Skype, Zoom, Webex, etc. with the help of the integration of our webcasting technology with the existing video conference systems that you are currently using to provide you with the best-in-class experience.

Contact our experts of live streaming if you want to learn more about the virtual events and high-quality services that we provide to our clients for increasing their viewer audience. A rare mic of high-level expertise in Video Streaming Technology, Video Production, and client relations is provided by our team and that you will not be able to find anywhere else.

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