How much does it cost to build a broadcasting app?

Standard price for a broadcasting app: $12,500

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What is a broadcasting app?

A broadcasting application is a web, mobile, or desktop application that enables users to stream live video to a global audience. Broadcasting apps usually include features for recording and editing videos, interacting with viewers (for example, via chat), and monetizing broadcasts (for example, via donations).

Broadcasting apps are similar to video streaming apps, such as Amazon Video, Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu. Periscope is one of the most popular broadcasting apps.

Here are some recent broadcasting app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • An app that broadcasts sermons over the web.

What is the typical cost to build a broadcasting app?

A broadcasting app usually costs $12,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $10,000 or as high as $15,000. A broadcasting app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent broadcasting app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $12,500

Here are some considerations that may impact the cost of a app:

How long does it take to build a broadcasting app?

A broadcasting app usually takes 167 hours to build. However, a broadcasting app can be built in as few as 133 hours, or in as many as 200 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, the most recent broadcasting apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 167

How to successfully grow your broadcasting application

A broadcasting app wants to attract new users, and keep existing users engaged. One way to do this is by offering compelling in-app content that users can watch live. Broadcasting apps are also often able to generate revenue through advertising, which can be targeted based on the interests of specific groups of viewers. To drive viral growth, a broadcasting app needs to make it easy for its current users to share the app with their friends via social media.

Risks and challenges of building a broadcasting application

A broadcasting app faces risks related to intellectual property infringement, defamation, libel, and other potential civil and criminal liabilities. In addition to taking measures to ensure that your app is not used for unlawful purposes, you will want to employ mechanisms for user feedback such as the ability to flag inappropriate content or users. It is also recommended that you use a third-party service provider for hosting video files that can detect and block copyrighted material. It is advisable to seek legal counsel before deploying a broadcasting app.

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