National Streaming Day 2021: Amazing streaming facts, statistics & ways to celebrate

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In the next 60 seconds, over 500 hours of content will be uploaded to YouTube. In honor of National Streaming Day 2021, we’re taking stock of the booming industries that shape Netflix shows, Twitch videos, and the billions of subscribers who access videos and music online every day.

All over the world, millions of artists, gamers, journalists, and community organizers alike will put their voices out there for an audience of billions on a daily basis. As the world’s 2nd most popular social media site and search engine, it’s no wonder that YouTube has tremendous appeal and limitless potential for users, including kids and teens.

Not only can YouTube streaming be one of the best ways kids can make money from home, much of the content out there can educate and inspire kids to learn new skills. Top young YouTubers are earning billions of dollars a year, and it seems like just about any new hobby or skill has a wealth of tutorials to choose from to support learning. 

In short, there’s a lot more to celebrate on National Streaming Day than the latest binge-worthy show!

When is National Streaming Day this year?

May 20, 2021! 

What is National Streaming Day?

National Streaming Day is an opportunity to celebrate the unparalleled access we enjoy to a world that simply did not exist just 10 years ago. Streaming giants like Netflix, Spotify, Hulu, and HBO are just part of the picture; this national holiday is all about creativity and sharing the latest cool, informative, or simply entertaining content.

Some great ways to celebrate National Streaming Day might be checking out some new educational YouTube channels, learning about what it takes to be a successful streamer, trying out some streaming trivia with the fun facts below, or - if all else fails - popping some popcorn and enjoying a movie as a family. 

15 Fun Facts and Trivia about Streaming

Here are some mind-blowing facts about the state of the streaming industry that make great dinner table conversation and trivia that might just stump your most tech-savvy teen!

1. Over 2 billion logged-in users visit YouTube every month. That’s a lot of tutorials, cat videos, and Roblox streamers being viewed by roughly 26% of the global population. 

2. By 2028, the global streaming market is estimated to be worth $223.98 billion.

3. Twitch boasts over 15 million daily users. You know, about the combined populations of New York City and Chicago.

4. Every day, over 100 billion hours of video are watched.

5. Within one day of its launch, Disney+ gained over 10 million subscribers.

6. The world’s largest ever guitar lesson was live-streamed to nearly 7,000 students.

7. Over three quarters of American households subscribe to at least one streaming service and average around four in total (the real trick lies in keeping track of the passwords).

8. As of 2019, over 1.5 trillion songs and music videos have been streamed online. 

9. YouTube is available in over 80 languages and counting!

10. Hip hop rules as the most streamed music genre, and jazz is the least popular on streaming services.(The whole online thing just never struck a chord, I guess.)

11. Projections estimate that, by 2022, 82% of all internet traffic will consist of viewing videos online, a rate 15 times higher than in 2017.

12. The longest ever live video stream was 259 hours, 46 minutes, and 45 seconds long.

13. The world’s wealthiest kid YouTuber, Ryan Kaji, has a net worth of over $29 million. 

14. Currently, over 149 million people subscribe to Netflix; that’s up from just 35 million in 2013

15. At least half of the world’s teens using the internet stream music on a regular basis. 

Start Streaming Today: Kids YouTube Channel Ideas

“I want to be a YouTuber!” has officially unseated “I want to be an astronaut!” in kids’ aspirations these days. And like realizing any dream, getting any type of YouTube channel off the ground all starts with the basics. 

In our humble opinion, the best way to celebrate National Streaming Day is to explore the wide world of video editing and content creation! 

With the right guidance, kids and teens can discover exciting new ways to be creative and find just the right inspiration to learn on YouTube and other platforms. Popular personalities like Dude Perfect have followings in the millions, views in the billions; with a wealth of raw material like that out there, there’s plenty to inspire kids. 

That begs the somewhat daunting question, though: what should a YouTube channel be about? What are some YouTube channel ideas that are right for kids? 

We get it; the internet is a vast place, and while it has a lot to offer, it’s a lot to navigate to ensure kids and teens access appropriate content safely. 

A great place to start is to help your child think about what they’re most interested in and checking out what’s already out there. If they’re passionate about gaming, the world of gamecasting (aka streaming videos of playing video games) is probably already on their radar, so that could be a great fit! 

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Maybe they love to cook and could launch a baking channel. Their excellent taste in movies could become a series of reviews of the latest releases. Truly, the sky’s the limit in terms of channel themes!

After brainstorming, the real fun begins.

Finding out how to become a successful YouTuber is all about creating high-quality videos that engages subscribers and is in-demand. It’s a lot to tackle, but with summer just around the corner, now could be the perfect time to dive in. 

Our legendary Virtual Tech Camps and personalized Online Private Lessons offer a wide range of options for every YouTube channel idea and experience level:

Every kid has a voice and interest that are worth sharing, which is why our tech rockstar instructors love showing them the ins and outs of video editing, streaming, and crafting excellent videos. Why wait? Get started today! 

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Virginia started with iD Tech at the University of Denver in 2015 and has loved every minute since then! A former teacher by trade, she has a master's in education and loves working to embolden the next generation through STEM. Outside the office, you can usually find her reading a good book, struggling on a yoga mat, or exploring the Rocky Mountains. 

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