Do you want to broadcast long-form content on YouTube nonstop without needing to keep your computer on all the time? Setting up an automated 24/7 live stream allows you to have an always-on channel that plays videos on loop.
In this blog post, we’ll cover step-by-step on how to create a 24/7 live stream on YouTube and other platforms like Facebook, Twitch, etc. using a multi-stream service.
Why Create a 24/7 Live Stream?
Here are some of the key benefits of having an around-the-clock live stream:
- Engagement: A 24/7 stream keeps your viewers tuned in for longer and builds more watch time. It’s great for things like music, playlists, radio shows, etc.
- Branding: It establishes your presence and lets people know your channel is active even when you are not live.
- Revenue: You can monetize a 24/7 stream to keep earning ad revenue or channel memberships.
- Discoverability: An always-on live stream puts your channel in front of more viewers, increasing the chances of new followers.
Step 1: Sign Up for a Multi-Streaming Service
To create an automated 24/7 live stream, you need a service that can handle encoding and distributing your stream without you needing to have your computer or encoder on.
YoloCast is a dedicated platform built exactly for 24/7 streaming purposes. They offer a free trial to test out before subscribing.
Some key features that enable automated 24/7 streaming:
- Cloud-based encoding so no local machine needed
- Streaming to YouTube, Facebook, Twitch and 30+ platforms
- Looping your own videos automatically
- Detailed analytics dashboard
Once signed up, you can access their easy-to-use dashboard for setting everything up.
Step 2: Connect Your Streaming Platforms
In your YoloCast dashboard, connect your existing YouTube channel and any other platforms like Facebook or Twitch that you want included in the 24/7 stream.
This instantly links them using official APIs instead of needing manual RTMP configurations on each platform separately.
This means you don’t have to manually configure live streams on each platform separately. It automatically creates a live streaming event with the given information from Yolo Cast.
For unsupported platforms such as Rumble, you can simply use RTMP URL endpoints to deliver your live feed.
Step 3: Upload Videos & Enable Loop Playback
Next, upload your pre-recorded videos to YoloCast that will play on loop for the 24/7 stream. You can upload as many videos as you want that comprise your streaming playlist.
You can upload them easily from this “Media center” section. I have already uploaded a few videos here.
Step 4: Configure & Launch the Automated Live Stream
Ok, the final step is to navigate to the “Live Events” tab, then click the “24/7 live stream” button. Currently, this option is available only for the business plan.
This is the live streaming interface. Add in all your connected platforms that you want included in the always-on stream.
Then under Source, turn on “Simulated Live” and choose your uploaded VOD videos that will play in loop.
After that, click the “Edit Event” link at the top left corner and enter details of the live streaming, such as the title and description.
These details will create a post on your social media platforms as a live event. Also, you can select the output video resolution and the frame rate.
Then click Go Live to launch your always-on automated live streams across YouTube and any other destinations you added!
Sit back and monitor your channels’ performance from the YoloCast dashboard now.
Tips for Your 24/7 YouTube Live Stream
Here are some additional tips when setting up and managing your 24/7 automated YouTube live stream:
- Have a wide variety of content in your video playlist to keep it engaging.
- Update your videos from time to time instead of repeating the same ones.
- Moderate your live chat (if enabled) to manage spam.
- Promote your 24/7 stream schedule on social media for maximum reach.
So that sums up how you can easily set up a 24/7 always on live stream for your YouTube channel! This opens up creative possibilities for things like radio shows, music playlists and much more.
Let me know if you have any other questions in the forum.