Restream vs StreamYard: Who Would Triumph?

Restream vs StreamYard

Streaming applications are used by content creators (games, digital marketers, YouTubers) for social media reach and further monetization.

Using these apps, content creators and digital marketers can live stream and engage their target audience.

However, for optimum reach, content creators publish their live streaming content on different social media platforms, a time-consuming and hard-done task for active creators.

Instead, they can now just concentrate on getting the right content for social media with a streaming service helping out in the rest.

In this post, we will be deliberating on the Restream vs StreamYard comparison; two prominent multi-streaming applications.

We will look into their salient features and pricing slabs.

But first, let’s find out how different Restream and StreamYard are from other streaming applications.

How Restream and StreamYard are Better?

Both Restream.io and Streamyard have quite a lot of similarities. So much so that their user interfaces and basic workflows are similar.

But both these applications have a lot of features that set them apart from other live streaming behemoths, and each other.

Here’s how they stand apart from other live streaming platforms.

How Restream and StreamYard are Better

Robust multi-streaming platform

Unlike other live streaming platforms, Restream and StreamYard allow you to stream your live content on multiple social media platforms at once.

While starting your broadcast you just need to select the platforms on which you want to publish your live streaming content or recordings.

And once you have completed your streaming the content would be published on all preselected social media platforms.

multi-streaming platform

If you were using any other conventional streaming applications, you would have been able to publish your content on only one platform at a time.

Thus, multi-streaming applications like Restream and StreamYard can help you save a lot of time.

Browser-based Live Streaming

Live streaming is a processor-intensive task. That’s why most streaming applications need to be installed on your device.

For this, you have to make sure that the streaming application is supported on your PC, and that your PC satisfies the required system specifications mandatory, or at least the minimum.

All in all, you need to be aware of a lot of technicalities before you can zero in on the right streaming software for you.

Browser-based Live Streaming

However, things are not that complicated with Restream or StreamYard. Both these applications are web-based and can be launched from a web browser.

Also, both applications are available as software as a service (SaaS.) There is no need for the installation of any package or of fancy hardware.

All you need is the latest version of Firefox or Chrome browser.

For Amateurs and Professionals

Both Restream and StreamYard can be used by social media content creators, digital marketers, influencers, and even entrepreneurs.

Both these applications can be used under a freemium subscription. This means you can use either of these applications for an extended period of time without paying any subscription charges.

Such free plans are best suited for amateur content creators and aspiring digital marketers.

The only downside is certain features of both these applications would be restricted and can only be used when upgraded to a paid plan.

Restream and StreamYard both provide a number of different plans which you can opt for depending on your custom needs.

Once you have upgraded to a paid plan, you can put all their features and resources to proper use.

Event scheduling 

Both Restream.io and StreamYard can schedule a live stream.

All you need to do is select the platforms of your choice, provide a description of the live event and link it to the media that you want to share in your stream.

Once you have set the scheduled date and time your live streaming would start.

Event scheduling

Such event scheduling can come in handy when you are hosting a podcast and want to live stream automatically at a pre-scheduled time.

Scheduling is also helpful when your event recording needs some touch-up.

So, you can record your live stream event, post-process, and then upload the clip as a scheduled live stream.

Review Comments from One Location

Unlike other live streaming applications, you need not visit every social media platform to review your audiences’ comments or reply to them.

Restream and StreamYard have a cross-platform chat feature that displays all user messages from different social media platforms in your chat window.

Review Comments from One Location

This way, while using your live streaming app, you can respond to chats from different platforms from a single screen.

It is a very useful feature that can save you a lot of time while catapulting your audience engagement.

Private Chat with Guests

Let’s say you are interviewing a well-known personality and live streaming the same on YouTube and Twitch. You want to ask your guest a tough one that your audience would love to hear about. 

Private Chat with Guests

But you don’t really know how your guest might react to it and it’s wise to fill them in first. This is when the private chat feature comes in handy.

Using Restream.io and StreamYard, you can privately chat with your guests which would not be visible or accessible to anyone in the audience. Nifty!

Restream vs StreamYard: Features Comparison

1. Multistreaming Limit for Freemium Members

Restream – When you are using Restream for free, your live streaming needs to be less than one hour long. If you want your live streaming duration to be more than one hour you have to subscribe to a paid plan.

Also, under the free plan, you won’t be able to stream on a Facebook group or page, on a second YouTube account, or a custom RTMP destination.

You need to upgrade your Restream plan in order to live stream on the above platforms.

StreamYard – Under the free plan you can invite at most 6 people to your stream. Also, there is a streaming limitation of 20 hours per month.

Verdict

Both applications have restrictions with a free subscription. It’s a tie for Restream vs StreamYard in freemium streaming.

2. Live Streaming Analytics

Restream – Restream.io analytics can provide you with valuable insight into your live streaming performance.

Its analytics section provides a spectrum of different matrices that helps you quantify your reach.

Restream Analytics

Restream metrics provide information related to the different platforms on which your live streaming was broadcasted while the audience metrics show detailed figures about the number of viewers, viewing time, and the duration when audience participation peaked.

StreamYard – StreamYard doesn’t provide any analytics info as of now.

To gather info about your live stream, you have to navigate to each social media platform and collate details from each platform individually.

Verdict

Restream is a clear winner here as the analytics tool is embedded in their web application and you need not navigate to multiple platforms to gather your live streaming analytics.

3. Live Streaming Scheduling of Pre-recorded Videos

Restream – While scheduling videos you can upload a pre-recorded video and schedule it to be broadcasted on multiple platforms later.

Live Streaming Scheduling of Pre-recorded Videos

Streamyard – During the StreamYard review, we could not find any option for uploading pre-recorded videos for scheduling.

Even though StreamYard has scheduling capabilities you need to be live and logged in into the web application for a scheduled live event to occur.

Verdict

Restream would ace in this category too. As StreamYard doesn’t allow scheduling of pre-recorded videos, it actually defeats the purpose of having a scheduler in the first place.

4. Transcoding options

Restream – Transcoding is generally used to tweak a stream for certain channels. Periscope for instance has a lower bitrate restriction.

So, if you are live streaming in high quality on other platforms you would not be able to successfully do that on Periscope at the same time without getting some amount of post-processing done.

Transcoding options

For this reason, you can specify transcoding criteria, the resolution for live streaming, and the platform which needs to be transcoded.

StreamYard – StreamYard doesn’t allow transcoding.

Verdict

Another straight win for Restream.

5. Using a Green Screen or Chroma Keys

Restream – Green screen option is not available on Restream. However, there is an alternate approach that you can use to apply green screen effects on your live stream.

You can use OBS studio as a source of your green screen content.

Any live streaming content which requires the use of a green screen can be streamed using OBS studio and need to be provided as a source input into Restream.

You can also use any other live streaming application to leverage their green screen for chroma key functionality.

StreamYard – Using a green screen or chroma keys is pretty straightforward with StreamYard.

You simply need to turn on the green screen setting, and you can render your custom background easily.

Green Screen Settings

However, to enable this feature, you need to tweak the settings of your Chrome browser.

You can get detailed information on how to turn on the green screen using StreamYard by going through this post.

Disable Override Software Rendering List

However, the green screen features are only available on the Chrome browser.

Verdict

Between Restream vs StreamYard, StreamYard captures a win in the green screen category. Even though Restream provides a workaround solution, it is pretty complicated.

Restream vs StreamYard: Price Comparison

Both Restream and StreamYard pricing slabs can be categorized into two slabs depending on the entities using them – 

  • For individual use 
  • For companies/ businesses

In the following table, you can find pricing for different subscription plans for either of these products.

While reviewing these applications, we found out that opting for an annual plan can be the best money saver. Just why the table below lists the prices of different annual subscription plans for each product.


Restream

StreamYard
Individual Plans / PricingFree
$0/ month (billed annually) 
Standard
$16/ month (billed annually) 
Professional
$41 / month
(billed annually) 
Free
$0 per month
Basic
$20/ month
(billed annually) 
Professional
$39/ month (billed annually) 
Business Plans / PricingPremium
$83/ month (billed annually) 
Business
$249/ month (billed annually) 

Business
(You need to consult the sales team for a quotation)

If you want to find out the prices of their monthly plan or the features and privileges of each you can visit their respective websites.

Check out Restream.io & StreamYard subscription plans in detail.

Conclusion

After comparing Restream vs StreamYard here is a gist of our findings –

  • Both Restream and StreamYard are great multistreaming applications that allow users to stream on over 30 different social media platforms.
  • As these applications are web-based, none require serious hardware specs and allows you to live stream right from your browser. Both these applications have similar user interfaces and live streaming workflows.
  • As Restream and StreamYard allow freemium subscription, amateur content creators can use their free subscriptions to live stream on multiple platforms of their choice. Digital media marketers and influencers can choose from their paid plans to get the most out of these multistreaming SaaS applications.
  • Our Restream review suggested that it has a better analytics platform and scheduling options between the two. However, based on our StreamYard review, it should be the application of choice when green screen or chroma keys are required.

What Do We Recommend?

Based on our analysis of Restream vs StreamYard, Restream came out as a clear winner. 

As Restream has a lot more multistreaming features we would recommend you to use Restream and upgrade it to a suitable plan. You can continue using StreamYard as a freemium and use it as one of your Restream sources while multistreaming.

This way, you can use StreamYard’s green screen feature and all the elite Restream features that come with your subscription plan. No offense StreamYard!