Starting a 24/7 YouTube Stream – How-To


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Whether you’re looking to start a stream on YouTube, Twitch or Facebook all these steps apply in one way or another. These are the steps needed to run a 24/7 stream and keep it running.

Quick Steps

  1. Get enough content to stream 24/7.
  2. Use recording software to start your stream.
  3. Run the software on a dedicated computer or a VPS (Virtual Private Server).
  4. Keep that stream running.

What are you going to stream?

Deciding what you are going to be streaming 24/7. That is a long time to stream you need enough content to fill this time.

Here are some of the current 24/7 streams that are out there and some interesting ideas.

Stream Ideas

  1. Music
  2. Kids Shows
  3. Best Clips – Any topic
  4. Your YouTubes on a loop
  5. TV Shows
  6. Motivational Content
  7. Cooking Recipes
  8. Niche Tips e.g Photography tips
  9. News
  10. Niche videos e.g Cars, football, makeup & dance

Content

You can use content that you have made but on the other hand, you cloud use websites like Storyblocks to get a lot of video content on any topic for an affordable price.

Search Google for NO-Copyright Videos and Music and you can use these for your streams too. Just make sure you credit the artist as necessary.

I recommend you have at least 4 Hours of Content for a good variety for your viewsers. People don’t typically watch 4 hours straight on streams but if your stream is good and they come back in another session they want new content.

Therefore if you have many people coming back over and over you may want many hours of content or change up the content on a regular basis to keep it interesting.

Recording Software

Use recording software to start streaming. You will connect your recording software to your platforms like YouTube or Twitch and this will set your stream live.

Streaming for 24/7 is simply a case of keeping this software running forever. If you already have a streaming software you prefer, use that. I will use OBS as this is what I prefer.

OBS – Open Broadcaster Software

To get started we need to download the software. We will need OBS, the recording/ streaming software. We will also need VLC this will allow us to play videos on a loop forever.

Install the software from the links below and follow the instructions for your operating system.

Download and install OBS Studio – OBS

Download and install VLC Player – VLC

Set Up Your Videos To Stream

Once you have the software installed open OBS.

We will be adding our videos to play from a VLC Video Source. Go to the Sources tab and right-click or press the plus and add a VLC Video Source.

Adding VLC Video Source To OBS

Rename the source name if you are going to have many elements but I will keep it the same for this tutorial.

Naming VLC Video Source In OBS

In the playlist box add the videos you want to play on your stream. Make sure “Loop Playlist” is selected so the video plays forever. I like to shuffle my playlist to mix it up but this is up to you.

Making looped playlist in VLC Video Source, OBS

Once you have added the videos to your playlist, make sure they always fit the screen.

Right-click on the VLC Video Source. Select Transform > Fit to screen. This will make sure no matter what the size of the video is it will always fir the screen.

VLC Video Source Fit to screen transform

Connect to YouTube

You will need a stream key from youtube to start streaming.

Go to the youtube creator studio and open up the live panel. On this panel, you will be able to get your stream key. Copy this for later.

YouTube Stream Key

In OBS open the setting panel on the bottom right. Select the stream menu highlighted below. Here you will insert the Stream key you got from youtube.

Youtube scream key in OBS

That all done you are now ready to stream hit the “Start Streaming” button and you are all up and running.

OBS Strat Streaming button

Running The Software 24/7

Running a stream 24/7 is quite recourse intensive. You definitely don’t want to run this stream, from your main PC. I recommend you run this from an old computer or a dedicated computer if you will be streaming from your home. If you don’t have this option you can always run it from a server.

Stream From Home

Streaming from home has many benefits over a VPS mainly due to cost.

I recommend you test the stream on your desired machine before going live for good. You are going to need to make sure that this system has enough power to run the stream without any lag.

When you have tested the stream and it works well, we recommend you move the pc to a place out of the way. Make sure it is plugged in via ethernet for the best internet connection.

Hosting your stream from home also gives you more customizability over your system will allow you to add more custom features.

Stream From VPS

Streaming from a VPS (Virtual Private Server) gives you much better reliability. Things always happen in home setups, the power goes off or someone reboots the router. You can imagine all the things that could go wrong.

As you can imagine this added reliability comes at a cost. Once your stream starts making some money this might be a better option but for now I would recommend doing at as cheap as possible.

The price for dedicated streaming servers starts at $50. Although the high cost is by far the best option for professional or corporate streams.

Cost on OhBubble.com

  • 1 SERVER (NO BACKUP SERVER INCLUDED)
  • 99% SERVER UPTIME GUARANTEED.
  • STREAM AT 1080p AT 30FPS.
  • LIVE SUBSCRIBER COUNTER CAPABLE.
  • PICTURES, VIDEOS AND GIFS ACCEPTED AS BACKGROUND.
  • CHOOSE OVERLAY FROM OUR OVERLAY LIBRARY.
  • WINDOWS PRE-INSTALLED.

     $49.99 CHARGED MONTHLY

Keep It Running 24/7

Keeping the software running 24/7. This is the important part!

Depending on your operating system how to do this may vary but just take away the main points from this.

  1. Keep your system up to date. Making sure your system is up-to-date will ensure the most uptime for your stream.
  2. System checks. Running regular health checks and reboots on your system will keep your stream running fast.
  3. Keep it interesting. Make sure you keep the content interesting and the audience engaged so people keep coming back to watch your stream.