How To Develop an On-Demand Video Streaming Mobile App?

Remember those Sunday mornings when everyone would gather at a friend’s house to enjoy a TV show together or those in-between the class discussions of the last episode of your favorite show. Those were the times when television was integrated in our lives to a level that we were to an extent obsessed with our favorite shows. The thrill of waiting for the next episode, the anticipations and hour long discussions was all a part and parcel of our lives.

But as Over-the-Top platforms entered the picture, these memories have faded. Live streaming app development has taken over the entertainment industry with video on demand systems.

Understanding Video On Demand System in Brief

Video on demand (VOD) system allows users to select and watch video content such as movies and TV shows on the time they choose, instead of watching it on the exact broadcast time which was the main approach with on-the-air broadcasting throughout the 20th century. Mounting numbers of VOD mobile app users prove that Video streaming mobile applications are the future of the entertainment industry. The cable subscription is now a less admired option and more like a way to show more repeated commercials to the audience in between old movies.

The above facts state that lots of entertainment businesses across the globe are investing a handsome amount in live video streaming app development and hunting to hire mobile app developers in order to make a big share in the booming multi-million dollar VOD industry.

Many business owners have a basic idea of what to expect from their app but when it comes to identifying the features and functionalities they get confused. Often they hire a video streaming app development company to help them with expertise and experience in the field. Three major facets to consider before you create a video streaming app are:

  1. Scalability: The back-end architecture should be scalable enough to handle increasing numbers of users in real-time without any disruption.
  2. Security: Videos are one of the most stolen and plagiarized things on the internet. So look out for Digital rights, encryption, access control, and other safeguards.
  3. Flexibility: The live streaming app development company should come up with an on-demnad video streaming solution that is flexible enough to support all platforms and devices ranging from desktop to mobile & tablets. One will lose a significant set of the market if an app is developed for a specific device.

When you hire a live streaming app development company to get your app to action, you need to affirm your application is ladened with features that bring you great customer revenue without much marketing efforts.

So, now that you are sure that you want to move forward with streaming app development and have hired a team for the same, discuss with them the challenges that you would face and if your team can work on those challenges easily.

Challenges of Live Streaming Platform Development

Every new venture comes with a few challenges and lots of opportunities and innovations. As you decide to enter the market with a media streaming app, be prepared for some challenges that are common to the domain.

Our mobile app development team can help you overcome these challenges with their analytics skills and experience.

Large-Scale Data Transfer & Storage- Expensive, Slow & Bandwidth Intensive

Live & On-Demand Video Streaming- Expensive Infrastructure, the Reduced scope of Reusability

Content Transcoding- Expensive for Large Data Sets, multiple jobs to be processed in different formats

Content Distribution Analytics- Usage analysis-Expensive & lacks detailed analysis

Live streaming platform development was never easy. There are various features and minute complexities that are to be considered.

When talking about mobile app development in general, app development becomes quite an interesting domain. It involves front end development and back end development to bring on the screen best results.

Mobile phone video viewers in the United States from 2014 to 2020

Features Any Media Streaming Software Development Expert Can’t Miss

When it comes to media streaming software development, every business owner wants a mobile application that is ladened with features and offers its customers the best services. We have listed here features that you need to include in your VOD app.

Front End Features to Work on for Your Live Streaming App Development

Video on demand app development services ensure that the application that is deployed to you are designed to meet your business needs and engage your customers. We share here some of the interesting features that would make it easier for you to earn better results.

Any live streaming app gains popularity with the engagement it creates. Our experts affirms to deliver solutions that are easily navigable and aesthetically impressive to help you earn the best results in limited time.

User Registration

This is one of the fundamental parts of any media streaming software development. App Developers should provide multiple options to the user for making a registration or login. For instance, they can choose a mobile number for OTP verification, Facebook login, or Google login. Also, do not forget to keep the option to recover a password when the user forgets the credentials accidentally. Invest more time on the UI of the registration and login page as it is the first screen, which App Developers will be showing to the user.

User Profile

There should also be an option to edit and personalize user profiles. Mobile App Developers can also get relevant statistics like users subscribers and subscription count, watched videos, saved videos, videos which he/she replays multiple numbers of times, video genres, and much more from that. Also, keep the option to share the recently watched playlist of videos with friends on social media.

Privacy Settings

Although people most likely want to share things on social media with their peers at times they might require some privacy. So keeping in mind the stated fact, App Developers should keep the option to toggle privacy options for allowing the users to choose their friends and social platforms themselves for broadcasting their choices. App Developers can also tweak some features and let the user choose from a number of people from the air or any defined area or time.

Search functionality

If the user wants to watch any particular video but do not know where the video is and how to find it, then the search feature comes to work. Let the user search through the whole database for playing a particular video. Instead, keep filters for searching by location, broadcast topic, date, length of the video, genres, language, and most-watched, etc. If the user gets what he/she is looking for in a few seconds, it will indeed leave a positive impact.

Interactive User Experience

It is recommended to implement a top-notch UI design along with the player so that it looks sleek while playing the video whether in full screen or half screen. From making a full screen to increasing or decreasing the volume or screen or the brightness adjustments, the App users can customize it as he/she wants. Include the headphone settings with a toggle in this section. The video player should support from FLV video files to VR and 360-degree videos for a more immersive user experience.

Review & Ratings:

It is crucial to know what your customers think about your app. It could be they are quite impressed, or they may face troubles in some section. Your video streaming app development company needs to be informed about these feedbacks and the needful assistance is to be provided.

Share the Screen

Anyone who uses Skype is aware of the “share the screen” feature. This is just showing another person what he or she would see on the mobile screen. It makes streaming videos easier than ever and lessens the troubles of making tutorials. Sharing game tutorials with a similar approach are easier to share and broadcast.

Comments Option

Comments option used by two sections – one for the broadcaster and another for the audience or the users. The broadcaster will get the reviews or comments from the public, and the audiences will get their questions answered from the broadcaster side. Also, there would an option to downvote or upvote for any comments as per personal preferences. This option would help the users to expresses their opinion and receive feedback and critics for the same, which in turn, motivates them to improve the quality of streams.

Geolocation Tracking

Geolocation is a great addition to any video on demand application. Users will be able to find broadcasts according to their region. It gives the user to choose which broadcasts to watch from the map itself. The live video streaming software development team can also mark markers in the map in a range around the user’s current location to show who is live broadcasting in that region. Show the live ones in blue and inactive ones in red. Though, one can customize the look anytime.

Back-end Features for a Flawless Streaming App Development

Video Streaming

This is the main motto of this kind of app, so try to implement every single detail possible. Always do the streaming from an external server and keep the app as lightweight as possible. The broadcasting stream passes via the server to the user device and stays there until the user is watching it. After the usage, it is automatically deleted from the server-side. The server will convert the broadcast and will do the transmission to the application. Cloud servers are a must for video streaming application development.

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Do take care of the scaling part of the servers as the more user App will have, the more the request it will need to handle. Alongside this, keep the option for saving the videos in the external storage of the user’s device so that he/she can watch it later but handle the copyright issues before allowing the user to save files in local storage.

Stream Quality

This is one of the important characteristics to consider while on-demand video streaming app development. It helps the users to watch flawless still if the network bandwidth is down. It would be better to keep the lower option as for the video quality to 144p and higher option up to 1080p or 4k. Let the app decide the quality of the video automatically as per the network flow.

Subscriptions & Revenue Modals

This feature helps the users to stay connected with the app to be updated when any new video comes up from their favorite band or performing teams. It is the best way to create an engagement between the user and the app. If any broadcaster does not allow free subscription then it is better to keep the option to redirect the user for in-app purchases from there.

These features basically determine the engagement of your application. If you want to modify things here, want any suggestions from the experts the video streaming app development team is available in just a click.

Streaming App Development Experts Offer Various Revenue Models

You have entered the market with the aim to generate great profits. The live video streaming app development team at Octal IT Solution offers given service models. Choose the one that fits you the best and see money flowing in.

TVOD – Transactional Video On-demand (TVOD) is a distribution model where customers pay for each individual piece of video-on-demand content.

SVOD – Subscription Video-On-Demand services use a subscription business model, where subscribers are charged a monthly fee to access unlimited programs. These services include Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video, Videoland, HBO Go, and CuriosityStream.

AVOD – Advertise-Based VOD model is free for the users, in the sense that you will pay with your views instead of your money. YouTube as an example, Although YouTube is a hybrid model as it’s a mix of all three models…

Payment Mode

PayPal, Braintree, Credit/Debit Cards, digital wallet app development In-app Purchase model Multiple Currency Support

Push Notifications

Push notification has now been an essential part of every video streaming mobile app development. It helps the users to stay notified with all the current happening without being on the app all the time. Therefore, when their favorite broadcaster starts streaming something he/she will get a push notification on the device for the same without missing anything. Along with that, App Developers can also implement a scheduling feature. Giving the flexibility to schedule a future broadcast will make the app more interactive.


In the admin section, the most important feature is Analytics and QoE/QoS Monitoring. One can analyze the live viewers and broadcasters in an overall graphical manner. The admin will also be aware of the real-time insights of the usage of the app and previous data to make further decisions.

These are a few basic features that your live streaming app development team needs to integrate with your business. Along with these, they need to focus on some of the advanced features that can help you earn some loyal customer base and provide you an edge over the rest.

Wire-framing and Design Section

Before choosing the final design, video streaming android app development experts need to make a draft to get an overall idea. Wire-framing is one relevant section of app designing. Hiring Expert UX/UI designer is important to get a flawless design. It takes around 18 hours to 20 hours to develop the wire-framing.

Prospective users would not use the app if the apps are sluggish and bulky in design. Hence remember, User interface and User experience is very important and must be considered with utmost priority. It is better to avoid using too many bright colors instead of using something materialistic, which looks classy and straightforward and is convenient for the users.

Better follow one color scheme or theme for the whole app design to avoid jumbling up as it will affect the aesthetic. As per UX is concerned the users should be able to broadcast instantly if something interesting is going to happen. The whole UI designing takes about 48 hours to 50 hours to complete even though there is always the possibility to upgrade the design part in future updates.


Recently, App Developers Tube has released its analog services to stream videos. One can also make use of other third-party servers and services for streaming purposes. Developers need to set up protocols to get the streaming part working in flow. The set of protocols required are RTSP, UDP, TCP, HLS, RTMP, etc. Contus Vplay, Wowza SDK are other tools that App Developers can use for streaming purposes.

Connecting other users to ones steaming is a complicated process and experienced developers should be assigned this work. For the backend, App Developers can put their trust on Laravel development services. It handles traffic fluctuations quite well and helps in performing multiple user requests. For video players, App Developers can make a custom one using Video JS or other feasible options available.


There are usually a few ways to get the user’s current location. One is by cell towers and another is by GPS tracking. GPS positioning is much more accurate than the previous one. App Developers can use Google’s Map kit for Android and Apple maps for Apple devices. The GPS chip inside the device uses data from the satellite so it is more reliable.


For hosting, one can rely upon Amazon Cloud Services. App developers can get a good idea from the below picture of the tools needed.

Push Notification

Push notifications have turned into an integrative piece for communication with any application. For Android devices, App Developers can use Google Cloud Messaging Service, and for iOS devices, one can take the help of Apple Push Notification Service (APN).

Addition Features

  • Support of Hybrid Platform
  • High-end encoder and decoder for the trans-coding
  • Maximum render fluidity and adaptability for enterprise-level protocols
  • Live feed of URL to play in custom media player
  • Live monetization ads of the stream
  • Social casting and support for webcasting
  • Webcast the stream in websites along with social channel

These are just the set of features that we include in most of our vod app development projects. If you want to make some additional changes or add some more features to your application, we are just a click away. We have been delivering solutions that would make them your identity in the digital domain.

Our customized on demand mobile app development team ensures to bring to the table a product that resonates with your business objective.

Technology Stack Used to Create  a Video Streaming App

  • Push Notifications – Twilio,
  • SMS, Voice, and Phone Verification – Nexmo, Twilio
  • Payments – Braintree & PayPal, Stripe, EWallets
  • GWT – for Powerful Programming
  • Datastax – for Data Management
  • Mandrill – for everything related to emails
  • Debian – the Universal Operating System
  • Database – MongoDB, HBase, Cassandra, Postgress, Mail Chimp Integration
  • Cloud Environment – AWS
  • Real-time Analytics – Hadoop, Spark, BigData, Apache Flink, Cisco, IBM
  • Streaming Media System – Helix Universal Server, Wowza Streaming Engine, Nimble Streamer

Team Structure

Project Manager: He/she should be an expert on the mobile industry having a precise knowledge of what works and what does not. You can perform the role as well, provided you are confident of your existing knowledge and managerial skills. The project manager will make a deep market study and will suggest the best things to do.

Designers: This group cannot be ignored. No matter how strong your app may be regarding coding, if it fails to attract the view of users during the course of usage, it may soon be uninstalled. Therefore, good UX/UI designers are required to make a good choice of color, background, elements, etc. They make the frame look good on screen.

Developer Team: A team of three developers (android app developer, iPhone app developer) will be enough for the Android and Apple versions. For the desktop version, App Developers will need a UX/UI designer. For backend API construction, hiring a team of good back-end team working behind it would be necessary, in addition to some frontend developers.

Testing and QA Team: Testing and quality assurance is one critical phase/factor before App Developers can bring the app to live in the market. The team will find every single bug and crashes and inform the developer team for further fixing.

A reliable team structure makes it easier for us to coordinate with the team and deliver solutions that are meant to earn great profits. We follow agile methodology that makes it easier for you to stay updated with the development process and the stage. You can always modify the features in the development stage so that the final product that is rolled on helps you earn great results.

Cost of Developing On-Demand Video Streaming App

The cost of on-demand video streaming app development depends on the mobile app development company as the rate is different for developing the app based on region and time took to develop the app. In addition, it also depends on the complexity of the video on demand application and its additional features. Most of the companies charge on an hourly basis. Countries on the eastern side cost less around 40-50 dollars per hour in comparison to the USA and UK. The total project will cost around 10,000- 50,000 dollars.

  • US-based developers:- $50 to $250 per hour
  • Eastern-Europe based developers:- $30 to $150 per hour
  • India-based developers:- $10 to $80 per hour

The costing may increase if the back-end management is also taking into account. However, one can start the app from free and opt for an in-app purchases option to a premium version that is excluded from ads.

Choosing the Right Video Streaming App Development Team for Future Growth!

When it comes to talking about video streaming mobile app development, Octal IT Solution has earned itself a good reputation in the market. With years of experience and expertise in the field the service providers associated with us make it a point to deliver solutions that are technically advanced, aesthetically addicting and have features that no other apps would offer. Innovation and creativity is our driving force and we make sure to bring on the stage a solution that helps you earn great returns on your investment.

So, just take some time, explore the various aspects and see where others are lacking and how you can turn it to your favor.


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