Download Streaming Video - Best Software & Apps

  • VLC media player

    2.2.6

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    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone

    Simply the best multi-format media player

    7
    30016 votes
    • PROS: Supports a wide range of formats, Good hotkey support, Easy to use, Very flexible and lightweight, Integration with web channel streaming services, Improved interface in version 2, More format support in version 2, Plays BluRay and HD
    • CONS: User interface is quite basic, User interface slicker in Mac version
  • YTD Video Downloader

    5.6

    License
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    Platform
    Windows

    Superb downloader for YouTube and other video streaming sites

    7
    8064 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Quick at downloading, Supports batches, One of the best YouTube video downloaders
    • CONS: To download and convert at same time requires Pro version
  • Jing

    2.5.47113

    License
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    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Capture and share images and video

    6
    265 votes
    • PROS: Discreet yet accessible, Save to video or image, History feature
    • CONS: Crosshairs view , Can lag, Limited editing
  • YTD for Mac

    1

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    Platform
    Mac

    Superb downloader for YouTube and other video streaming sites

    6
    55 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Quick at downloading, Supports batches, One of the best YouTube video downloaders
    • CONS: To download and convert at same time requires Pro version
  • Open Broadcaster Software

    License
    Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Live video streaming software for novice and advanced!

    6
    18 votes
    • PROS: Great free software with all the bells and whistles of a paid program, Support for Twitch, YouTube, DailyMotion, Hitbox and other popular services, Huge library of plugins all available for free, along with the source code, on GitHub
    • CONS: Open source usually means slower releases for newer operating systems and hardware. Expect to have less up to date support
  • CherryPlayer

    2.4.1

    License
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    Platform
    Windows

    Unlimited streaming audio, playlists, and YouTube downloads

    7
    359 votes
    • PROS: Huge library, Good audio quality, YouTube and Last.fm integration, Opens Amazon.com MP3 store to purchase tracks, Trending tracks
    • CONS: Messy interface, Some videos require you to register to watch, No video/audio converter
  • Camfrog Video Chat

    6.11

    License
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    Platform
    Windows

    Join live streaming video chat rooms

    8
    565 votes
    • PROS: Lots of people online, Lots of different rooms available, Good for those using sign language
    • CONS: Very confusing and overwhelming at first, Interface looks a bit cheap
  • Microsoft Silverlight

    5.1.40416.0

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    Platform
    Windows

    Microsoft's answer to Adobe Air

    6
    261 votes
    • PROS: Lightweight plug-in, Streams high resolution and HD video, Smooth streaming support
    • CONS: No support Flash or AAC content, Streams can take some time to start, Inferior to Adobe Air
  • BIGOLIVE

    1.0.1

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    Platform
    Android

    Live streaming chat application for smartphone users

    6
    6 votes
    • PROS: An excellent alternative to traditional video chat software., It is possible to send gifts and to earn extra money through Bigo.
    • CONS: As some content is intended for adults, parental guidance is required., In-app purchases will be presented to the user.
  • Microsoft Silverlight

    5.1.20125.0

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    Platform
    Mac

    Microsoft's answer to Adobe Air

    2
    289 votes
    • PROS: Lightweight plug-in, Streams high resolution and HD video, Smooth streaming support
    • CONS: No support for Flash or AAC content, Prone to bugs on Mac, Streams can take some time to start
  • Free Vimeo Downloader

    2.0

    License
    Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Vimeo videos downloaded to your computer

    6
    61 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Good selection of conversion formats, Supports batch downloads, Good video configuration options
    • CONS: Can't store custom format profiles
  • XSplit Broadcaster

    2.8.1607.1936

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    Platform
    Windows

    An amazing video and audio streaming tool

    6
    16 votes
    • PROS: Simple, easy-to-understand interface, Effective combination of video sources, Good value for money
    • CONS: Doesn't work well with all capture cards
  • CNN App for Windows 10

    1.0.0.0

    License
    Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Catch up on the world's news

    5
    7 votes
    • PROS: Access to CNN's international news, iReport integrated for citizen journalism, Aggregated video content, Easy to navigate and read, Easily share to other apps
    • CONS: Not enough customization options, Some odd spacing of text
  • Live.me™– Live video streaming

    3.0.5

    License
    Download
    Platform
    Android

    Live video streaming just got easier with Live.me

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    • PROS: Easy to use, with one-touch streaming, Find interests and channels using hashtags, Chat and get social with other viewers, Follow fun streamers and internet stars
    • CONS: Still a relatively small community but growing daily, No professional features, but tons of fun extras