We thought it would happen in 2016, but increasing pressure from end users will force video conferencing companies to integrate directly with YouTube and Facebook Live to extend meeting reach to thousands...

Software is finally going to replace Hardware ONLY solutions. Companies focusing on there software/cloud solutions will win out by leveraging DIY and installation companies putting in best of breed components to build custom solutions.

Every Webinar will include some type live stream connection to maximize exposure.

Hardware based video conferencing codecs officially died in 2016. 2017 will be the year of software based codecs and we predict the Intel NUC will be a major winner in this new "soft-codec" market...

Live Streaming via Social Media will Expand and Grow...

As live streaming goes main stream, thousands of new use cases for video conferencing (hosting a live talk show with video) will start to become popular.

Expensive Webinar packages will decline in popularity as live streaming with a simple video conferencing license will take it's place.

Facebook is rumored to be releasing a live streaming application for PC and Mac. YouTube will replace "Google Hangouts on Air" with it's own easy to use application as well... Features will lack at first but they will serve millions of newbies....

Cloud based video conferencing is finally on the horizon.. In 2017, we are going to see cloud based video production take off. Switchboard Live, Restream.io and Easy Live are the first companies we have seen in this space....



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