Blab.im Closes . The alternative sites you can try

Blab closed on August 12th 2016

There will I think be fond memories of Blab for many of us, they introduced us to live video and for the most part got everything right.We have so much to thank them for , not the least of which is building a community which will live on in Facebook groups.

One door closes and others  are OPEN

We now have to look for new sites which offer similar facilities.

There are at least three platforms to consider Firetalk , Huzza.io and Crowdcast.io .

We have moved our shows to Firetalk and I use Huzza to broadcast to Facebook Live

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Firetalk

is an always-on interactive video platform empowering a new generation of broadcasters around the world to engage with and monetize their audiences. Firetalk is built by the team behind Paltalk,

Firetalk is a place for all types of content creators to keep their audiences engaged and with all of the options for non-stop interaction and monetization, we’re hopeful that they will find tremendous value in using the app on a daily basis.”

Key app features include :

  • Video Playlists – The fun doesn’t end when a broadcaster goes off-air; their channels can be programmed with video playlists that keep audiences chatting and interacting.
  • Push Notification Alerts – Fans can subscribe to their favorite channels and receive alerts when broadcaster goes live. Broadcasters can receive in app alerts when they receive new gifts and subscribers.
  • Gifting – Fans can send their favorite channels fun gifts to show their support. Broadcasters will soon be able to earn additional income from virtual gifts received.
  • Episode Archiving and YouTube Integration – Firetalk gives broadcasters the ability to archive episodes, download them and distribute to other sites including YouTube and personal blogs. With one click, broadcasters can add archived episodes to their YouTube channel.
  • CRM tools – Broadcasters can track fans, keep in touch with them, learn what they like and reward them
  • At a glance

    Website  https://firetalk.com/
    Login  : Twitter . Facebook , Google +  , Email
    Twitter https://twitter.com/firetalkapp
    Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/Firetalk/
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/firetalkapp/
    Blog          https://firetalkapp.wordpress.com/
    Video Seats  : 4
    Live Chat    : Yes
                          Highlighted Links : Yes
                          Viewer Links         Yes
    Monetize      :  Yes . Charge per Show via Stripe
    Free Version : Whole system is free to use
    Recording     : Yes  , starts on requests
                          Maximum Length 90 Minutes
    Green Room  : No
    Screenshare  : Yes
    Dropins          : No
    Moderator Controls : Yes
    Download Recording :Yes

     Huzza
    Huzza.io

    Huzza is the live-video tool that creators and personalities are using to connect and engage with their followers

    Founded by Justin Womersley and Nick Smit in 2015.The original goal was to enable musicians to create authentic and fun experiences for their fans.

    In early 2016 when Blab show hosts moved to Huzza.io they pivoted to enable an enhanced chat show experience

    Key Features

    Easy, Effortless Set up and Scheduling

    Set up and schedule your live-video events in seconds. Make it public or offer it exclusively to your top followers. The choice is yours each time you stream

    Chat, Discuss, Have fun

    Huzza lives-streams are fun & interactive! Chat, discuss, answer questions and just hangout with your followers.

    Instant Replay and Sharing

    Replays are instantly available with dynamic chat and interaction. Share with those who couldn’t make it.

    At a glance

    Website  https://huzza.io/
    Login : Twitter or Patreon
    Twitter   https://twitter.com/Huzza_Live
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HuzzaApp/
    Video Seats  : Up to 6
    Live Chat      : Yes
    Monetize      : Yes via Patreon
    Free Version : Limited to 25 viewers and one host on screen
    Recording     : Yes
    Green Room  : Yes
    Screenshare  : Yes
    Dropins          : No
    Moderator Controls : Yes
    Download Recording :Yes

    Special Features

    Facebook Live : Relay a Huzza show to Facebook Live without any third party software

    I tested this on release July 28th 2016

    Link https://www.facebook.com/stevenjhealey/videos/vb.583098351/10154675490183352/?type=2&theater

     Crowdcast

    Crowdcast.io

    Crowdcast is a new and easy way for you to connect with a live online audience. Use it for live Q&As, engaging webinars, run your live online course, hold your coaching calls, host giant online summits, and more.

    1. Schedule
    Create your event, public or unlisted. Invite your audience to join. Crowdcast automatically handles registration.
    2. Go Live
    Engage your audience in realtime with Polls, Chat & Q&A. There’s no video delay so you can have dynamic conversations.
    3. Replay and Share
    The replay is instantly available in the same location. Viewers can continue registering and even jump to the best moments in the video. Use the data & analytics to continuously improve

    Jump to answers.  Click on an answered question to auto-magically jump to the answer in the video

    Robust analytics & data. Know the names, locations and more about your viewers

    Follow up   Email the viewers and answer remaining questions

    At a glance

    Website https://www.crowdcast.io/

    Login  : Twitter . Facebook , Google +  , Email
    Twitter      https://twitter.com/crowdcst
    Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/crowdcast.io/
    Blog         http://blog.crowdcast.io/
    Video Seats  : 4
    Live Chat      : Yes
                          Highlighted Links : Yes
                          Viewer Links         Yes

    Monetize      :  Yes . Charge per Show
    Free Version : No . Prices from $29 per month
    Recording     : Yes  , starts on requests
                          Maximum Length 120 Minutes
    Green Room  : No
    Screenshare  : Yes
    Dropins          : No
    Moderator Controls : Yes
    Download Recording :Yes

    MeeMee

    Finally if you are looking just to chat for free then I discovered this platform last week .

    Welcome to MeeMee.tv – our site is a live streaming and video sharing platform, built with the aim to give content creators more control over their live broadcasts and content. Our live broadcast player enables face to face video engagement between the broadcaster and their unlimited viewing audience. Up to five viewers at any one time can be invited on to the broadcasters live video stage whilst streaming live to an unlimited audience.

    At a Glance

    Website http://meemee.tv/
    Login  : Facebook or  Email
    Twitter     https://twitter.com/meemeetv
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/meemeetv/
    Video Seats  :  Up to 6 (Select Template on Creating Show)
    Live Chat      : Yes
                        Highlighted Links : Yes
                        Viewer Links         Yes
    Monetize      :  Yes . Charge per Show
    Free Version :  Live Shows are Free
    Recording     : Yes  , starts on requests
                         Maximum Length 90 Minutes
    Green Room  : No
    Screenshare  : No
    Dropins          : No
    Moderator Controls : Yes
    Download Recording :No

    I am on MeeMee,tv exploring the site as I write http://meemee.tv/channel/stevenhealey

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