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If I'm streaming video from my phone to Periscope's servers: is my phone being a server and listening on a random port or I'm just sending my stream?

For example: VLC makes your device a streaming server, does Periscope do the same?

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As far as I'm aware, your phone is just uploading a stream to their (Periscope's) service, from which it's being distributed to anyone who's watching it.

This is the way such "live-streaming" usually works. A user's upload bandwidth isn't usually sufficient for streaming to multiple clients, but their servers are.

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  • Yeah, i was thinking about Periscope being the only client downloading the stream but it makes sense to be the client instead. I dont know why VLC doesn't allow to send the stream to somewhere then. – Kenny Jun 15 '15 at 11:36

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