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Zoom vs Google Meet: Which is Best for Live Streaming?

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As more large in-person events are cancelled in 2020, many have turned to digital live streaming to hold their events. Whether you’re planning a webinar, a charity fundraiser, or a conference meeting, you can use live streaming to host your event remotely for thousands of people. Luckily, the two top video conferencing apps, Zoom and Google Meet, include live streaming capabilities. Thus, you can use the same platform for both conducting meetings and hosting livecstream events. 

Let’s compare live streaming on Zoom and Google Meet to determine which platform works best for your event. 

Zoom

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On Zoom, live streaming is available for up to 100 active panelists and 10,000 attendees with Zoom’s Video Webinar add-on, starting at $40/mo. Zoom also integrates with YouTube Live and Facebook Live, which lets an unlimited number of people view your live video. 

Official attendees can interact with panelists in voice and chat! Live polling and the Q&A dialogue box let attendees ask questions directly to panelists. You can also enable virtual hand-raising to ensure everyone gets their say. You can set up different chats for panelists-only and all attendees.

Zoom makes it easy to keep the event on track. As the event host, you can mute and unmute panelists and enable video and audio functions for attendees who raise their hand. Before the event, you can customize Zoom’s emails and registration forms for the event with your brand. You can also monetize your events through integrations with Payal, Eventbrite, and CVent. You can also run reports on attendees, polling, and attending engagement before, during, and after the event through Zoom analytics.

Overall, Zoom’s live streaming services are perfect for online business webinars, conferences, and presentations. 

Google Meet

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Live streaming is available on Google Meet for free through September 30! You can stream your events to up to 100,000 viewers through Google Meet. This stream can be accessed by any guests who are sent a Google Calendar link, though guests can only view the stream, not participate. Google Meet is supported in all the most popular web browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Safari. You can also include closed captions in English during the event. 

Up to 250 people can participate in your live stream through G Suite Enterprise Essentials, Google’s platform for businesses that provides access to Google Meet, Drive, Docs, and other Google services. Participants must be members of your organization on G Suite. Participants can stop and start the stream and record the event. Although G Suite is currently free, after October 1 you will need to pay $20/mo per active user in your organization to continue accessing live streaming. 

To stream an event, click the down arrow next to “Join Hangouts Meet” and click “add live stream” when creating the event. You must also press “start streaming” during the meeting. Watch this video to find out more. 

Overall, Google Meet is a solid free option for live stream events such as information sessions, talks, and employee training sessions. 

Zoom vs Google Meet: Choosing the Best Platform for Your Live Stream


In comparing the live streaming capabilities of Zoom and Google Meet, it becomes clear which platform provides the best experience: Zoom. Zoom allows for audience engagement through live polling, Q&A, and virtual hand raising. Conversely, audiences on Google Meet can only view, not participate. And while Google Meet can facilitate more viewers on its platform, Zoom’s integrations with YouTube and Facebook Live ensure that anyone can view your live stream anywhere. Zoom also lets you monetize live streams and view analytics in real-time, thus letting you create your ideal event. 

However, Google Meet does still have a couple of advantages over Zoom. First, Google Meet allows up to 250 panelists instead of 100, so if you are holding a meeting with over 100 presenters, you should use Meet. More importantly, Google Meet is currently free. This means that you can hold a video conference on Google Meet for up to 100,000 viewers completely free of charge through September 30. After, you can get live streaming as part of G Suite’s Enterprise Essentials package. Zoom, on the other hand, charges an extra free each month for live streaming on top of its base monthly cost. Even once October rolls around, Google Meet will prove cheaper than Zoom for most businesses.

In summary, Zoom is the best platform for live streaming, if you can afford it. If you are planning events that necessitate audience engagement, you should choose Zoom, regardless of cost. Otherwise, Google Meet is a suitable cheap alternative for live streaming meetings to a wide audience. 

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