Top 5 Video Streaming Platforms in 2020 – A detailed comparison

Top 5 Video Streaming Platforms in 2020 – A detailed comparison

Video Streaming Platforms

Video streaming platforms were always popular with internet users since their inception.

However, there has recently been an unprecedented surge in popularity of such streaming platforms due to the entry of exciting new players.

Video sharing on the internet was taken to an all-new level by YouTube when it was introduced. Video sharing is a multi-million dollar industry as the founders of YouTube had understood long before any of us realized it was possible.

One can share any video even from home on such platforms, and people from all over the globe can view them.  Videos can range from sports to fitness, from cooking to art and from music to even video games.

Live video game streaming is trending

Video games, now, are a massive attraction for youngsters around the world, and the fact that one can play video games professionally has the youth of this generation hooked to gaming.

The old horses of the gaming world, such as Call of Duty and Counter-Strike, are still going strong, while the entry of PUBG and Fortnite has breathed fresh life into the gaming industry, and the surge in popularity of video games isn’t likely to die down anytime soon. heralded a new era of live video game streaming, which gave birth, over time, to other similar platforms, chief among which is YouTube Gaming, launched in 2015 to compete with Twitch.

The big five players

This game of cat and mouse that the newer platforms are engaged in with older platforms has led to the evolution of the way video games are watched and shared around the world.

5 big players

Innovations in this area continue to be made, and here are some of the major players who are continuously redefining rules and changing the way this game is played.

  • Ustream rechristened IBM Cloud Video on April 1st, 2017, is another American video broadcasting platform that has been used by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, among others.
  • Mixer is an impressive live streaming platform gamers and is giving both Twitch and YouTube a run for their money.
  • Facebook Gaming(Level Up) is the newest entrant in this arena and is meant to compete with Twitch and Mixer.

Parent Company

PlatformParent CompanyLaunch Date
twitchTwitchAmazonJune 6, 2011
youtube gamingYouTube GamingGoogleFebruary 14, 2005
mixerMixerMicrosoftJanuary 5, 2016
facebook gamingFacebook GamingFacebookJanuary 26, 2018
ustreamUstreamIBMMarch 1, 2007

How do the five platforms stack up against each other?

Now let’s compare these different video streaming platforms to understand what separates them from one another and makes each one of them unique.

The comparison has been made based on several factors such as owner, supported languages, system requirements, type of content being broadcasted, subscription requirements, and fees.

While most of the platforms are free to visit and sign in to, some require paid subscriptions to either the platform or the channels on the platform. Subscription to channels is optional on some of these platforms. User statistics across the various video streaming platforms allowed us to make a comparative study of the different platforms and how traffic flows in each of them.

Some platforms are more popular than others, and the number of average daily visits gives a fair idea of the volume of traffic on these sites. We have also discussed the most followed streamers on each of these platforms, as well as the average active streamers.

Type of Content Streamed

The content-type is not limited to just video games with the exceptions of YouTube Gaming and Level Up, which had been specifically designed by their respective mother platforms, for video game streaming.

type of content

Twitch, even though it hosts all sorts of videos, is mostly used for video game streams. Mixer too focuses on live video game streaming, although it identifies itself as a video streaming service.

Ustream’s contents are not restricted to live video games, and the platform features a wide range of live videos from politics to sports, and even live videos from NASA’s ISS (International Space Station). Podcasts are also regularly streamed on these platforms, and game-related discussions draw a considerable number of viewers.

earth and ISS view

Languages supported

Twitch supports 29 languages, which include more than 10 European languages, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and quite a few Asian languages as well.

languages supported

YouTube supports a vast number of languages, thanks to Google’s global reach, with nearly 100 languages supported.

IBM leads tops the list in this section with an astounding over 100 languages supported on its platform.

Mixer currently supports 21 languages, but they will be expanding that list in the future.

Systems Supported

All standard systems are supported by these platforms, including Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Mixer is additionally integrated into Windows 10 and Xbox One, making it an even bigger hit with gamers than it already was.

Android and iOS apps offered by Mixer, IBM, YouTube, and Facebook, allow streamers to stream using their mobile devices or a certified broadcasting device, apart from your PC.

Mixer lets you stream mobile gameplay, which is a huge bonus for mobile gamers. However, make sure that you have at least the Windows 10 Spring collector update for Mixer to run correctly.

Fees Required

Registration is optional on all of the sites and not required to watch videos.  However, registration is needed to upload videos or to stream live content.

Sign in to Mixer by using your Microsoft account for free. If you are a Windows user, then you already have one. Create one by heading over to if you don’t have one.

Signing in to YouTube and uploading videos is free of cost, as well.

Twitch is also free to sign up and use it. To subscribe to channels on Twitch, you will have to pay $4.99 per month.

IBM Cloud Videos offer a free trial for 30 days with access to advanced broadcasting features. You can stream to at most five concurrent viewers without ads. To reach a larger audience, you need to subscribe to a paid plan. Monthly plans start from $99 and go up to $999 and are divided into three categories, namely Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

To know more about IBM Cloud Videos plans, head over to their “Compare pricing & options” page.

Total visits

PlatformTotal VisitsReferrals VisitsAverage Duration (approx.)
twitchTwitch842 million1.53%6 minutes
youtube gamingYouTube Gaming25 billion1.36%21 minutes
mixerMixer18 million3.66%3 minutes
facebook gamingFacebook Gaming22 million2.98%12 minutes
ustreamUstream4.14 million7.35%2 minutes

Average concurrent views

Twitch boasts of an average of 15 million daily active users, out of which 27,000 are Twitch partners. The average concurrent viewers of Twitch increased from 788k, in the fourth quarter of 2017, to 953k in the first quarter of 2018.

Mixer, meanwhile, has 10 million daily active users. Facebook grew meanwhile to reach 56k average concurrent views, and Mixer recorded an amazing 90% rise to nearly 10k. Mixer’s average concurrent viewers are likely to be much higher, as most of its viewership is on Xbox One. Information on viewership on Xbox is hard to track and thus not available.

YouTube Gaming, in the same period, saw its average concurrent viewers drop from 308k to 272k.

Most popular streamer or channel


Ninja is the most well-known Twitch streamer, with more than 12 million followers on his channel. He is mostly known for his gameplay of Fortnite and PUBG, which draws nearly 60,000 views per stream on an average. Ninja also plays Halo and H1Z1 when he is not playing Fortnite.

He shot to instant fame in early 2018, five years after joining Twitch, by hosting Drake for a game of Fortnite. He earns around $500,000 a month from his Twitch channel alone. When totaled with the additional income from sponsorships, ad revenue, and donations, his yearly income crosses the 5 million dollar mark.


Mixer sets itself apart from the other platforms because of it being integrated into Xbox One.  It is, thus, no wonder that Xbox is the most followed channel on Mixer, with 412,588 followers. Several games are streamed on this channel, currently prime among which is Battlefield V.


PewDiePie is the most popular gamer on YouTube, and his subscriber count currently stands at 96 million. He is one of the highest-earning YouTubers with his channel reportedly generating over $12 million each year.  This guy plays a lot of games, and you will be spoilt for choice once you visit his channel. He, however, is famous amongst his followers because of his comic take on everyday things and his playthrough of horror-based video games, such as Rise of Nightmares, Silent Hill and Amnesia- the Dark Descent.


Facebook’s Level Up has recently just entered the gaming scene, and the most popular streamer currently is Darkness429. Darkness429 mainly plays Fortnite now but used to divide his time between PUBG, Battleground, and Halo earlier. He also has a Twitch channel by the same name. Data on his monthly income is unavailable, and no estimate could be made.

Ustream is home to a large variety of content, among which live feed from the ISS (International Space Station) seems to draw the most views. The live stream from the ISS is a spectacle to behold and one which you will not want to miss out on. NASA TV is also quite popular among visitors to this platform.

Active streamers

The quarterly active streamers per platform have been calculated from October to December in 2018, which is the 4th quarter.

Twitch leads the race by a large margin with 814k streamers on average. Next on the list is YouTube, which had 293k streamers during the same period.  Facebook and Mixer follow with 27.5k and 15.8k quarterly average streamers, respectively.


So these are some of the factors separating one platform from another. If you are an occasional gamer or one who plays as a hobby, then any of the above five platforms will work for you.

On the other hand, if you are an avid or professional gamer, then you might want to look into the specific features, which each platform has to offer by visiting their respective websites.

The IBM cloud video platform uses Artificial Intelligence by the name of Watson, to run its sophisticated broadcasting platform. The platform requires you to download their streaming software from their website, which you will have to use to stream videos.

Most streamers prefer OBS or Open Broadcaster Software, a free open source streaming program on Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer.

Mixer, being integrated both into Windows 10 and Xbox One, lets you upload streams directly from your console.

Your complete guide to Twitch Prime – What, How & Why

Your complete guide to Twitch Prime – What, How & Why

Twitch Prime has been around for several years; but what exactly is it and how does it benefit anyone?

It’s a question asked by gamers of all levels.

Well, if you also have this question, this Twitch Prime guide will tell you everything you need to know!

Let’s begin with Amazon Prime.


What is Amazon Prime and how is it related to Twitch Prime?

Amazon Prime is a paid subscription service provided by Amazon that gives its members access to the company’s extensive library of movies, TV shows, songs, books in their Prime Video, Prime Music, and Prime Reading programs.

In addition to streaming media, subscribers also gain unlimited cloud storage, fast shipping on millions of items on Amazon, limited access to Audible, and a Twitch Prime membership (Amazon is the parent company of Twitch).

In short, Amazon Prime is the umbrella under which all the company’s other Prime programs run.


What is Twitch Prime?

In a nutshell, Twitch Prime is a part of Amazon Prime in the same way Amazon Prime Video is.

As a Twitch Prime member, you will get free video games as well as free in-game loot and items every month. One of the examples of these items is instant access to the newest heroes. You also receive discounts on new-release box video games sold by Amazon during the pre-order period and for the first two weeks after its launch. 

Twitch Prime Benefits

Moreover, on Twitch, you get an ad-free viewing experience, exclusive emoticons & chat badges and one free channel subscription every 30 days. One of the latest perks is that Twitch Prime members get up to one year of Nintendo Switch Online.

If you already are an Amazon Prime member, then you get Twitch Prime included at no extra cost. You receive all these benefits by simply taking part in the Twitch experience.

Is Twitch Prime replacing Turbo?

In regions where Twitch Prime is available, Twitch is no longer taking new Turbo subscriptions and instead rolling all its benefits into Twitch Prime. These benefits include ad-free viewing, exclusive emoticons (the ones you get with Turbo, plus new ones), Twitch Prime crown chat badge, and 60 days of video storage for past broadcasts.

twitch turbo to twitch prime

All Turbo benefits are included in Twitch Prime so you may want to consider canceling Turbo if you are currently subscribed to both services. However, if you prefer to keep your Turbo subscription, you can.

If you are looking for another service to increase your reach even further and grow your Twitch channel, can help!

How to sign up for Amazon Prime?

To sign up for Amazon Prime, follow the steps below:

  1. Create or log into your account on Amazon. Amazon Sign Up
  2. Navigate to the Amazon Prime page and click on the yellow button that says “Start your 30-day Prime free trial”.Twitch Amazon Prime Trial
  3. Confirm that you want to start your one-month free trial. After this time period has ends, your chosen payment method will be charged a monthly prime trial confirm

You can also sign up for Amazon Prime from the Twitch Prime page on Twitch website. This page will also offer a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime and will direct you to sign up. Follow the same steps as described above.

How to connect your Twitch account to Amazon?

Once you become an Amazon Prime member, all you need to do is link your Twitch and Amazon accounts to unlock Twitch Prime.

You do not need separate Amazon Prime subscriptions for your Amazon and Twitch accounts but make sure you are logged in to both within the same web browser.

The easiest way for Amazon Prime subscribers to sign up for Twitch Prime is to go to the Amazon homepage and complete these steps:

  1. Click on “Accounts and Lists”.
  2. From your account’s homepage, click on the “Prime” button then scroll down to find the Twitch Prime listing.
  3. Click on “Learn More”.
  4. Click the “Connect your Twitch Account” button in the upper-right corner.Connect Twitch Account
  5. Follow the shown instructions and click the purple “Confirm” button.

After that your Twitch and Amazon accounts will be linked, and you can start enjoying all the awesome Twitch Prime benefits.

Your accounts only need to be linked once, and the connection will work across other devices where you use Twitch such as on PlayStation or iPhone.

How to claim your free Twitch subscription?

While Twitch subscription tiers range from $4.99 to $24.99 a month, you can unlock a free subscription option through the Amazon/Twitch Prime program.

The free Twitch subscription is same as the $4.99 tier and functions the same way as it would if you paid for it. Thus, the streamer receives 50% of the total donation fee, around $2.50, and Twitch keeps the rest.

The free subscription is automatically given to Twitch Prime users as soon as their free trial ends and they begin paying the monthly fee. Once you start your paid Prime membership, do the following steps to redeem your free Twitch subscription:

  1. Open your web browser and navigate to the Twitch channel you want to subscribe to.
  2. In the top-right corner of the screen, or below the video to the right, click on the purple “Subscribe” to subscribe
  3. A small box containing subscription options will appear. Click the “Subscribe Free” button to begin your free subscription for this channel.Start free twitch prime trial

When Twitch Prime members use their free channel subscription every month, the Twitch streamer gets paid just like any other subscription. We see this as a great new way to support the streamers you love, find new ones, or even just use it for crashing subscriber-only chat rooms!

How to switch from paid to free subscription?

Twitch users can switch from a paid subscription to their free subscription option without breaking their subscription streak on a channel by doing the following:

  1. Go to the subscriptions page on the Twitch website.subscribe-section
  2. To the far right of your chosen channel’s profile will be a purple button called payment info. Click on it.
  3. Click on “Don’t Renew” to cancel your subscription.

Your subscription will remain active for the remainder of the current subscription month but will cease working the day after the final day.

How to renew your free Twitch subscription?

Unlike paid subscriptions, the free Twitch subscription does not automatically renew. Free subscriptions must be renewed each month with these steps:

  1. Visit your chosen channel in a web browser.
  2. Manually re-subscribe every 30 days.

The process is identical to how you would subscribe to a Twitch channel for the first time.

Please note: Subscription streaks will continue as long as the subscription to the same account is renewed within 30 days of its expiration.

How to cancel your free Twitch subscription?

To cancel your free Twitch subscription, you will need to wait for the end of the current 30-day subscription period.

After these 30 days are over, the subscription will expire and it can be used on any other Twitch channel which has subscriptions enabled.

We hope this guide has been helpful to you and has answered some of your questions. Let us know in the comments how your experience has been using Twitch Prime!

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Twitch Bits – Here’s Everything You Should Know

Twitch Bits – Here’s Everything You Should Know

Everything to know about Twitch Bits

Over 150 million people are playing games in America alone, millions more around the world. Over time, we have not just developed our interest in playing games but watching games too. For the course, watching games is a great way to bust your stress, pass the time, and most importantly, learn that particular game.

We have all followed professional gamers at some point in time to either learn or entertain ourselves with the game we love to play the most. Streamers dedicate time, engage with the followers, and devise ways to make sure that their followers enjoy the stream.

Twitch has facilitated streamers to not only showcase their skills but also earn at the same time. Richard Blevins or Ninja, as he is better known to Twitch users is the highest earner on Twitch with an annual turnover of whopping $5.4 million and earns a minimum of $500,000 monthly from his audience. Do you want to know the secret? Are you an emerging streamer and want to start earning bits by bits too? Read our complete guide on how you can also start earning through Twitch.

What are Twitch Bits?

Bits are Twitch’s official monetary and reward system for streamers. It is a way to appreciate and support your favorite streamer or the one you are currently watching. Each bit has a monetary value associated with it. Once a viewer sends some bits to a streamer through in-stream chat, twitch passes it the streamers account after taking a small cut.

A viewer can accumulate these bits through a few different ways, the most common among which is by purchasing them on Twitch’s platform. There are also a couple of ways to acquire them for free. A viewer can watch ads on the Twitch’s desktop or mobile platform if you are in some demographic regions (more of that later). Unlike YouTube super chats, donations on Twitch is a little bit complicated and is not as simple as clicking a donate button and making the payment. Only Twitch Affiliates and Partners can avail donations through Twitch Bits. To sum it up, bits are a form of digital currency for twitch.

Twitch Bits to Dollars – Calculate how much are they worth

You can start buying bits from the store starting at as low as $1.4, which will give you 100 bits. For every 100 bits given to the streamer, Twitch passes $1 to the broadcaster/partner and keeps the remaining 40 cents to itself. You can cheer your favorite streamer with an animated chat emote. Suppose, typing Cheer1 will produce a bouncing grey triangle and will cost you $1.4.

Similarly, typing Cheer100 will generate a purple diamond and will cost you $1.4. Each numerical value followed with the Cheer keyword represents the number of bits you wish to donate.

How to set up bits on Twitch?

There are no predefined steps involved for activating bits and start accepting donations. However, you should be either one of a Twitch Affiliate or Partner to qualify for accepting donations. Once you become a Twitch Affiliate, you can receive as few bits to as many bits on your streams. If you are a well-established streamer and have a good follower base, you can also set a threshold limit for donations that your subscribers can give you. However, if you are starting with the bits and just become an affiliate, we recommend keeping the threshold value as default which is 1 bit. In return, you can award your subscribers with different badges that they can unlock after reaching a particular donation limit. Later, the viewers can equip those badges which are visible against their name in the stream chat.

How to buy Twitch Bits?

Users and viewers can buy Twitch Bits from the Twitch Store using prominent payment methods. All transactions are powered by Amazon Payments which keeps your payment details safe and secure. Prices of bits start from as low as $1.4 for 100 bits and can go all the way up to $308 for 25000 bits. The cost of the packs may vary with the available discount and occasions. Once you have purchased bits, it will be credited into your account, and you can start donating afterward. To donate bits to your favorite streamer, you can type ‘Cheers’ followed by the number of bits you wish to donate. For example, if you want to give 100 bits, type ‘Cheers100’.

Ways to accumulate Twitch Cheer Bits for Free

If you are looking for working methods to get Twitch Bits for free, there are two known methods. We have tested them ourselves, and they seem to work correctly. Here are the two ways using which you can get Twitch Bits for free. Best part? It works on both computer and mobile.

By watching ads

If you have insufficient bits in your account and still want to cheer your favorite streamer, head to their stream and click on the cheering bit-icon in the right bottom corner. Click the bits icon which will lead you to a window where you can watch advertisements to get free bits. Just click on ‘Get Bits’ and the window will pop a video ad on your screen. Watch the ad without skipping to score as many as 100 bits. However, you will usually get 5 to 10 bits. Read the policies regarding this method here.

By completing surveys

You can also get Twitch Bits for free by completing short surveys. Twitch Research Power Group, abbreviated as TwitchRPG is an official center for surveying different streamers. These surveys promote improvement in Twitch’s features and a lot more. You need to quickly complete the survey to get a reward of 500 bits. Only opt for the survey if you are quick enough and can complete the survey in the given time, failing which will get you nothing. Just sign up on TwitchRPG and start receiving notifications when a sponsored survey is available to be filled.


Are Twitch Bits taxable?

Yes, if you are making a significant amount of money from Twitch Bits, it is taxable just like any other source of income.

Are Twitch Bits refundable?

No, Twitch Bits are non-refundable. Once you have bought them, there’s no way of getting back the money you spent on them. If you accidentally purchased Bits twice, you can contact Amazon Customer Support to know more about the issue and request them for a refund. Therefore, it’s better to buy bits cautiously.

How do I claim my Bits on Twitch?

You can not withdraw your bits manually. Twitch has an automated payment system that keeps the money for 15 days before paying it to you. For affiliates, you can only initiate a withdrawal request after you have hit the mark of $100 on your earning dashboard. Post 15 days of that mark, your money is paid to you.

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