How Can I Capture Live Streaming Video from Different Platforms

Emily Watson, Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Streaming video used to be a supplement to the programs you watched on cable TV, but it has changed over recent years. With a lower price than cable TV, more original content and improved flexibility, streaming video services gain more popularity than ever. With so many interesting shows on streaming video services, like The Crown provided by Netflix and The Handmaid's Tale from Hulu, there must be a time when you wish to download streaming video online. If so, use the streaming video recorder introduced below to record live stream on PC. It can record live streaming videos from Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook as well as live TV shows from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and more.

How to Record Live Stream on PC/Mac

To save streaming videos from the Internet on PC and Mac, I recommend FonePaw Screen Recorder (opens new window). The recorder is recommendable because it is full-featured as a streaming video recorder.

  • Record streaming videos with system audio;

  • With timed recording, it allows you to easily set the ending time, start recording, then go to do something else The recording will end automatically;

  • Provide Lock Window mode which can record only the streaming video without capturing other screen activities;

  • Capture screenshots of streaming videos while recording and export it to multiple formats, including GIF;

  • Support sharing to Facebook, Instagram with just one click.

Click here to have a try and capture a live stream in only 4 steps:

Step one: Launch Streaming Video Recorder

Get FonePaw Screen Recorder on your Windows computer or Mac. Open it and select Video Recorder. Note: You can select Audio Recorder if you need to rip audio from live streaming videos or TV shows.

FonePaw Screen Recorder Homepage

Step Two: Pick Output Format and Path

Go to More Settings, where you can select the path, format, quality to save the streaming videos. The video can be saved in MP4, MOV, AVI, GIF and more.

Output Format and Path

To record online video, you may want to disable Show Mouse Cursor so that the recorder won't capture mouse actions in the video. After the setup, click OK to return to the recording window.

Record Mouse Cursor Settings

Step Three: Recording Streaming Video

Open a live streaming video, adjust the blue dash line until it fits the playback window of the streaming video. Then play the video and click REC button to start recording.

Record Streaming Videos

If you need to schedule a recording for a TV show or live sports event, click the Clock icon and enter how long the recording should be. The recorder will automatically save the streaming video when the time is up.

Schedule Recording for Streaming Videos


  • If you need to do other things on the computer while recording live streams, select Lock Window mode and pick the live streaming app. Actions of other apps on the screen won't be captured.

Select Recording Area

  • While recording, you can add annotation, take a screenshot and share it on social media.

Step Four: Preview, Save, and Share Streaming Video

After recording, you can view the recorded video, rename it, and also share it on Facebook, Instagram, etc. if you like.

Top 10 Video Streaming Services


Price: about $40 per month for more than 55 channels; $9-$15 for add-on channels and features.

What's included: It includes ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, live or on-demand, and many other popular channels. Notice that some services may vary depending on your location.

PlayStation Vue

Price: $45 for 45-plus channels, $50 for 60-plus, $60 for 90-plus or 90 channels with HBO and Showtime; $9-$15 for add-on channels and features.

Features: It offers the largest number of channels while comparing to other services it's expensive. PlayStation users and those who like watching the streaming video a lot may like it.

Sling TV


  • Sling Orange: $25 per month for 30-plus channels, with ABC and Disney-owned channels;

  • Sling Blue: $25 per month for 40-plus channels, with NBC, Fox, and other sports channels like NFL Network and NFL RedZone;

  • Orange + Blue: $40 per month; $5-$20 for additional channels.

Features: Flexibility. It uses an à la carte model, allowing users to choose various additional channels.

YouTube TV

Price: $40 per month for 48-plus channels; $5-$15 for additional channels.

Features: It's a bit expensive. It includes all major networks (ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, and CW) however with only several add-on networks available.

DirecTV Now

Price: $40 per month for 60-plus channels; $55 for 80-plus; $65 for 100-plus channels; $75 for 120-plus; $5 for add-on channels and features available for per month; $10 for additional cloud DVR space.

Features: High channels amount; sometimes offer limited-time discounts. It offers a base DVR of 20 hours per month for free and will store recorded content for up to 30 days.


Price: $16 per month for 37 channels; $20 for 46 channels.

Features: Economical. It offers a base DVR and will store recorded content for up to 30 days. Notice that you should dig into its guide to see if Philo is supported on your device.

AT&T's WatchTV

Price: $15 per month for 30 channels (free with some AT&T wireless plans).

Features: Economical, especially for AT&T Customers. Designed for casual TV watchers and those who are not into sports.

Pluto TV

Price: Free

Features: It's free as it's entirely supported by ads that are not skippable. Online TV streaming and live channels are available instead of TV channels.

Amazon Prime

Price: Free; extra fees for add-on channels.

Features: Designed for Amazon Prime users. It includes a handful of curated TV channels supported by Fire TV.


Price: $45 per month for 70-plus channels; $50 for 80-plus; add-on packages ranging from $3 to $15.

Features: Designed for sports fanatics, Besides, it supports 4K and HDR, though only available for limited content.

Videos from the above streaming video services can all be recorded by FonePaw Screen Recorder. Download the recorder to copy your favorite streaming videos and watch them anywhere and anytime you like.

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