Mobile Video Broadcasting Apps Meerkat and Periscope Use Large Amounts of Data



With the launch of Meerkat and Periscope, the popularity of mobile video broadcasting has increased dramatically. Both mobile apps allow users to broadcast live video from their smartphones.

“It’s a cool innovation that has the potential to take social networking to the next level, beyond just words and photos. Some enterprising individuals may also find ways to use such capability to enhance or evolve journalism.”

Much like watching streaming videos on your mobile device, broadcasting live videos requires a fair amount of data. The following report says that both apps should have data usage warnings for users.


According to tests performed by Alphabeatic, Meerkat used a total of 19.4 MB of data after broadcasting live video for five minutes. In the same test, Periscope consumed a total of 23 MB of data. In total, this works out to approximately 400 MB per hour which is a significant amount considering the data caps on most mobile plans.

Anyone using Meerkat or Periscope is encouraged to keep a close eye on their data usage. Users should try to offload their broadcasting onto a Wi-Fi network to minimize the amount of mobile data being consumed.

Do you think apps like Meerkat and Periscope should include data usage warnings? Let us know in the comments below.


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  • MGSayah

    Either that, or give carriers a technology 101 class and teach them that 50mb cellphone plans are a thing of the past and that all plans should include a minimum of 3gb, with the possibility to get unlimited data.

  • hub2

    The tech 101 class to teach them that SMS charges were a thing of the past was taught over 10 years ago, but not until everyone loaded up on data-heavy plans did they start throwing in unlimited SMS and even MMS, even to international numbers, as part of the *basic* plan. Of course, they substituted data as their cash cow instead.

  • Tim M

    in other news, breathing is good.