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I got a chance to sign up for a Skype Meeting Broadcast preview at (https://www.skypepreview.com/) and I have to say this is pretty impressive. I think Microsoft is on to something BIG here and in this blog post I will compare and contrast Skype Meeting Broadcast with YouTube Live.

What is Skype Meeting’s for Broadcast?

Skype Meeting Broadcast simply put is a “one-to-many” version of Skype for Business. The interface is almost exactly the same as Skype for Business, but it has additional features for event planners to host a live broadcast to tens of thousands of viewers. Keeping with the Microsoft Skype for Business design is key for enterprise adoption as it provides a familiar interface for current Office 365 and Skype for Business users.

How easy is it to get set up?

Microsoft claims they want to “democratize live broadcasting” by making the technology easily accessible through it’s Office 365 and Skype for Business platforms. Setting up an event can take less than 5 minutes and Microsoft has integrated the process with their suite of programs including Office 365, Outlook and Exchange to simplify the event creation workflow. Skype Meeting Broadcast is effectively everything a enterprise company would need when it comes to simplistic live broadcasting of Skype for Business meeting. Unlike YouTube Live the entire system can integrate with existing Microsoft platform. But unlike YouTube Live’s RTMP system which allows for third party live production software integration Skype Meeting Broadcast is basically a live broadcast of your Skype Meeting (no fancy overlays, lower thirds and stingers you will find in professional broadcast software). That being said Microsoft has choosen to build on their already sucessful Skype for Business platform to offer superior control and integration with enterprise installations. Skype Meeting Broadcast allows for detailed control over who can access, view and participate in your meeting broadcasts which is fully integrated into Active Directory, Outlook and Exchange.

Skype Meeting Broadcast vs YouTube Live

YouTube Live and Skype Meeting Broadcast are quite different in their offerings and market position. They share a similar cause “Democratize Live Broadcasting” but their end products are significantly different. The biggest difference for professional broadcasters is RTMP integration that YouTube Live has standardized on. RTMP is the industry standard allowing the major production software such as: NewTek TriCaster, vMix, Vidblaster, Wirecast and others to send produced broadcasts to the Content Delivery Network. Skype Meeting Broadcasts end up being exactly what the name implies: A broadcast of  your Skype for Business Meetings. Personally I think it’s silly to add multiple cameras as participants in a Skype meeting but hey this is a powerful software and that’s the way they wanted it to be.

Below we have a side by side chart of the most important features:

Features Skype Meeting Broadcast YouTube Live
Max Resolution 1080p 30fps 1080p 60fps (1440p BETA)
Multiple Event Managers Yes No
Multiple Camera Support Yes (Requires Additional Computers) Yes (Requires additional RTMP Streams)
Supports Add-on Applications Yes (Bing Pulse, Yammer and more) No (Provides tool suite with interactive cards, polling)
Video Storage 90 Days Storage before deletion Unlimited Free Storage
Management of Attendee Access Private, Company (Active Directory/Domain Only), Public Public or Private
DVR (Rewind Feature for late arrival) Yes Yes
Production software Integration N/A, Must use single camera systems with built in tools Integration with RTMP allows any Production Software to work
Price Office 365 w/ Skype starts at $5/month/user Free

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  • Have you ever noticed any significant lag time with lots of people in the call? And can consumer Skype users join or do all participants have to be Skype for Business?

    We have been using Hangouts on Air / YouTube Live for podcasts. It generally works well when it is just the host, the guest, and me running tech while live-tweeting. When we do a panel discussion, though, with 5+ people, there are always issues with it keeping up, things like microphones cutting in and out. These are with the same equipment that works perfectly when it is just the 3 people in the call. It does have some other issues, too, like share invitations regularly not sending.

    I currently have Skype for Business, but only at the Business Essentials level which does not include Broadcast. If the quality is consistently better and any Skype user can join, it might be worth switching from YouTube.

  • Hi Ryan,

    Yes, I have similar experience with Hangouts on Air. I think that is why Google is replacing the whole product with YouTube Live soon. YouTube Live accepts a RTSP stream which is the way we live stream most of our webinars. This is a great way to handle everything up stream of the live deliver which YouTube takes care of pretty well I think.

    Your totally right though the Skype for Business has always done what it’s supposed and they never over promise with their products which always seem to perform as expected.