Live streaming has shown a significant increase in its usage during the COVID-19 lockdown. As it provides the closest alternative to people to replace their lost social interactions. Video chat apps like Zoom and Houseparty has seen a huge increase in its usage and are on the rise. Instagram recognized this and rolled out its co watching feature which allows users to share the saved videos, images with six people at a time in a live video chat.
Instagram chief Adam Mosseri states that they are considering to increase the adding capacity to go live with more people through Instagram live.
Explanation By Mosseri
Making Instagram live available for users on the web could be a great option. But adding multiple people in Instagram live feature could be a big addition. It might create some problems as adding a multi-participant feature is expensive in terms of load and video transfer rates. Therefore increasing the demand for hosting app systems. Blab a multi-streaming app discovered this which ultimately end up shutting it down. It will make the back end process costly if you try to enable multiple groups of people to stream video in real-time.
Video chatting is different as it limited to a smaller audience. It is the broader audience viewing capacity that creates things complex and costly. That is why Facebook might have removed the option to go live with guests via Facebook Live.
It seems unlikely that Instagram will go for the same to have more than one guest in a live stream but it will be worth experimenting for. To see Instagram add Instagram Live to the web would be helpful. It is expected to hear from Instagram on at least one of these options in the coming few weeks.