Streaming Fundamentals: Where Do I Stream To?

    Streaming Fundamentals aims to provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge in order to help you stream.

    Whether you have just started to consider the idea of streaming or you have been doing it for quite some time, this series should be beneficial to you. Each individual episode covers a specific topic that will be tackled as objectively as possible, while striving to use a range of sources and factual references rather than just a singular opinion.

    Anyone can dive in and start broadcasting their antics, but the sheer number of streamers nowadays can make it harder for those who are just getting started to stand out from the crowd. Whilst Streaming Fundamentals cannot provide you with guaranteed success, the series aims to get you to think about streaming in a more deliberate manner than you may have done previously.



    Fun Facts: Lets look at some numbers

    The following data is predominantly from Streamlabs (one of several services that allows streamers to receive tips/donations). As such, it is not comprehensive statistics but rather a sample based off of their users.

    Monthly Active Streamers have grown 330% for YouTube Live vs 19% for Twitch in the past 5 months.

    $20.8 million worth of tips were processed in Q4 2016, whilst $23.5 million were processed in Q1 2017.

    Twitch generated 96% of tips vs 4% for YouTube Live.

    Spending for long-time viewers (accounts longer than 2 years old) is 253% more than new viewers (accounts less than 3 months old).

    Streamers that stream consistently and have a regular following will generate 3X more income over 2-3 years when compared to streamers of the same size whose viewers come-and-go frequently.



    Streaming Fundamentals: Episode 2

    Following on from Episode 1, this episode discusses the various services you can stream to: YouTube Gaming, Twitch, Mixer, Smashcast, and briefly discusses Facebook Live and Periscope/Twitter.

    Which platform you choose to stream on depends on a variety of factors, and it would be foolhardy to proclaim that one service is better than the others. Episode 2 explores the the current mainstream options, and discusses some of the pros-as well as the cons-of each service.

    I hope you enjoy watching this series, as I know I will enjoy recording it.


    AcuteJungle66 has been dabbling with tech ever since he tried improving the tape deck of his Commodore 64 back in the '80s. Tech and Gaming have both been interests of his for several decades, he holds Masters of Science in Advanced Internetwork Engineering and a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Cyber Security and Networks from Glasgow Caledonian University. As a proud Military Veteran who spent much of his life on 3 different continents, he is quite content being back home in Scotland; where he enjoys a much 'quieter' life these days as a College Lecturer.


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