Thought Millennials Loved Live Video? Here Comes GenZ.

A version of this article originally appeared on the blog publication “In Context,” by Nexmo, The Vonage API Platform. The OpenTok Live Video API is now part of Nexmo.


In 2017, IDC released estimates that the value of the North American Video platform market will reach $7B by 2022. That would be a 140% compound annual growth rate from what today is still a fairly early stage market. Positioning Nexmo, the Vonage API Platform, to compete and win as a leading CPaaS offering in such a fast-growing market was the biggest factor in the decision to purchase TokBox.

We listed three factors that are enabling this growth:

  • Powerful endpoints everywhere – smartphones, tablets and PCs – with high-quality camera and audio capabilities built in
  • The emergence of WebRTC as the video standard that makes it easy for millions of developers around the world to integrate video into their apps
  • Ready access to high quality, high speed broadband through wifi in our homes, workplaces, and public spaces, with 4G or LTE pretty much everywhere else.
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Real-Talk: A Monthly Spotlight on Live Video and Real-Time Communications – January 2019

January Real-Time Communications

Thanks for tuning in to another issue of Real-Talk where we bring you the hottest monthly news, views and developments in the world of live video, WebRTC and real-time communications.

In January, all eyes were on the healthcare industry with major telehealth startups announcing funding rounds; new video-powered health services launching internationally; and governments around the world look to the US to build out their digital healthcare systems with real-time communications. This month also saw analysts take out their crystal balls and forecast what developments lie ahead for the industry in 2019.

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How to Launch Video Meetings in Slack with the TokBox App

A version of this article originally appeared on the blog publication “In Context,” by Nexmo, The Vonage API Platform. The OpenTok Live Video API is now part of Nexmo.


Slack is a popular workplace collaboration tool that has an estimated 10+ million daily active users. With so many people using Slack, including those within our own developer community, bringing our customizable live video experience with the TokBox-Slack integration app was a natural progression. Elevating the developer experience is at the forefront of everything we do, from our developer center to our Live Video API, the OpenTok platform.

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Vonage Study Reveals Live Video’s Shift from Social to Business Use

We’re proud to announce the latest results of our live video communications report, “Video Chatterbox Nation” – now published here.

We gathered research over the past six years and compared it with the results of our study from this past summer, to get a closer look at the changing behaviors of American audiences towards live video and the role it now plays in their daily life.

Today, 1 in 3 people live video chat at least once a week

Every year people become more comfortable using technology in nearly every area of their life. And live video is no different. Live video communication grows in popularity every year, with many businesses moving faster to accommodate consumer demand. Businesses across different industries are using live video communications to help their consumers do things like schedule physician consultations, bank online, or study in a virtual classroom.

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Real-Talk: A Monthly Spotlight on Live Video and Real-Time Communications – December 2018

December Real-Time Communications

Welcome back to a new year of Real-Talk where we’ll continue to bring you monthly roundups of the latest news, views and developments in the world of live video, WebRTC and real-time communications.

Looking back on December, the first consumer 5G video call signals a promising future for live video communications; virtual healthcare continues to replace doctor visits for a growing range of non-emergency conditions; No Jitter highlights the top 10 acquisitions from a busy year of M&A activity in enterprise communications; and Skype announces it’s getting AI-powered real-time subtitles and captions for live video calling.

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Insights, now with GraphQL

A few months back, TokBox announced our Insights Dashboard, a view in the Account Portal for customers to better understand their applications’ video data. At the same time, we opened up an API (in private beta) to programmatically access this data in RESTful fashion along with summaries of individual sessions.

Today we’re pushing a new way to access this data as a public beta using GraphQL. GraphQL is a powerful alternative to the typical REST approach of accessing data over HTTP. It was developed by Facebook in 2012, and open sourced in 2015.

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Real-Talk: A Monthly Spotlight on Live Video and Real-Time Communications – November 2018

November Real-Time Communications

Welcome back to another month of the hottest news, views and developments in the world of live video, WebRTC and real-time communications.

Highlights from this month’s issue of Real-Talk include a new study that reveals the skyrocketing adoption of telehealth; innovators predict the future of remote collaboration will be powered by augmented, virtual reality and telepresence robots; and Facebook turns to teens to boost its live video chat app Bonfire.

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Real-Talk: A Monthly Spotlight on Live Video and Real-Time Communications – October 2018

October Real-Time Communications

Welcome back to our monthly news wrap where we bring you the latest news, views and developments in the world of live video, WebRTC and real-time communications.

Looking back on October, Facebook unveiled its AI-powered video chat device for living rooms with reports a video calling product for TVs is on the way; Apple doubled down on AR with the acquisition of a real-time video editing startup; Verizon looked into the future of communication with live holographic video calling; and executives explored how video meetings are powering the remote work revolution.

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OpenTok version 2.15: What’s new and how you can use it

Last week, we released OpenTok v2.15, the latest version of our Client SDKs. We wanted to update you on some of the great new features included and how you can use them.

Audio Enhancements in Web and Windows SDKs

In opentok.js 2.14 we added the ability to switch cameras using the Publisher cycleVideo() method which was really well received. Version 2.15.0 of opentok.js and our Windows SDK add the ability to switch to a different audio source. In opentok.js you do with using the Publisher setAudioSource() method and in Windows you use the AudioDevice.SetInputAudioDevice method. The obvious use-case for this API is to allow your users to switch microphones without needing to create a whole new publisher. But it can also be used to switch to other supported audio sources, for example loading audio from an audio file, or creating custom audio. In opentok.js you do this using the setAudioSource() method and passing a custom audioTrack. In the Windows SDK you do this using the AudioDevice.setCustomAudioDevice method and passing a custom audio driver.

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OpenTok Server SDKs – What’s new?

OpenTok Server SDKs

 In an effort to make our APIs more accessible and easy to use, we’ve spent some time improving all six of our server SDKs. The OpenTok Server SDKs provide a convenient way to to interact with the OpenTok REST API in a variety of languages. Please note that these enhancements will not break your implementation should you choose to upgrade.

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