Live Video News Roundup

Live video news June 2018

In our monthly post, catch up on all the live video news. Check out the features now available for the OpenTok platform, find out where we’re going to be popping up at an event near you and keep on top of everything that’s happening in the industry. 

It’s your monthly live video news round up!

TokBox Announces…

You may have noticed your inbox full of emails about GDPR leading up to the new regulation coming into force on May 25th. Well in advance of the deadline we announced that TokBox is fully compliant with GDPR. For an in-depth look and how we got there, see our GDPR + TokBox guide.

You asked for it, and now we’ve delivered: HD Archiving and HD Streaming. Join customers such as Crowdcast and Cambly in building high definition, super engaging video experiences.

For some of our customers, restricting media traffic to specific zones is critical to compliance and security requirements. In addition to zones for the US and EU, customers can now also restrict media traffic to Germany.

Version 2.14 of the OpenTok SDK was released at the beginning of May. The new version includes the Frame Metadata API, which supports augmented reality use cases. Check out the full rundown of new features and how to use them.

Top new content

We know that live video is a great option for building a business. The team at OnCall thinks so too. Find out how their e-clinic helped one provider grow her business by 1350%.

Building with React Native or Electron? Our Developer Evangelist Manik recently hosted webinars exclusively focused on how to build with OpenTok and these popular JavaScript development frameworks. Watch the replays here.

The top Practice Management platform in the USA, SimplePractice, recently launched a telehealth option which lets their customers grasp the business opportunity presented by live video consultations. Feedback from private practice is overwhelmingly positive.

A Live Video World

At the beginning of May, Facebook announced that Instagram and Whatsapp would both get group video chat. With group video now integrated in all the major messaging apps, and the continued popularity of Houseparty and others, apps are now looking to including filters and AR to stand out from the crowd.

What happens when you are too ill to attend your graduation? Thanks to Double Robotics, this student could still take part in her big day.

Apple announced that group video FaceTime calls will be included in iOS 12. This new feature was announced at WWDC and will allow up to 32 people to join a video call

A Sneak Peak at the Month to Come

Our next Building with OpenTok developer webinar on June 6th will be about embedding Live Video with Swift for iOS apps. Save your spot or watch the replay here.

Catch us at the NOAH Conference in Berlin on 6th and 7th June. If you’d like to book some time to find out about adding video to your web and mobile app, please contact

The Connected Insurance Summit comes to London 11th and 12th June. Meet up with us and learn how video is powering a transformation of the insurance industry – contact to arrange a meeting there.

Those of you in San Francisco, please look out for a soon-to-be announced late-June Meetup at TokBox HQ on Augmented Reality and Live Video