To stream to multiple platforms, you will need to use a program like Restream, Streamlabs Prime, or MelonApp. All of these programs offer different ways that you can restream to YouTube, Facebook, and many other platforms. For example, Restream allows you to stream to 30+ broadcasting platforms simultaneously.
A better question is, should you live stream to multiple platforms at the same time? The answer to that question is a bit more complicated, and we will cover it in this post. We will also give strategies on how to use streaming to multiple platforms to your advantage for rapid growth and more viewers.
How to Stream to Twitch, Facebook & YouTube At Once
The best way to stream to multiple platforms is Restream.io. Restream is a service that allows you to broadcast to over 30 different websites. Once you’ve logged in, you can add the channels that you wish to stream to at the same time. Restream will give you a unique key.
After you have made your selections, go to your broadcasting software and select Restream.io as the service to which you wish to live-stream. Insert your unique key, and you will be ready to go live.
How to Multi-Stream for Free
If you want to stream on multiple platforms for free, you will need to use Restream and use their watermark. Here is how:
Step 1: Create an account with Restream. You will require a unique username, password, and a real email address.
Step 2: Select which platforms you wish to stream to. Restream supports 30+ platforms including, Twitch, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter & Linkedin.
Step 3: Select which plan best suits your needs. Restream is 100% free although free accounts won’t have recording or storage and will show Restream branding.
You can remove the “Powered by Restream” by upgrading to a Professional subscription. Although not necessary for smaller streamers this is a viable option if you have a large community or are trying to grow rapidly ad-free.
Step 4: Connect your channels. Click on the platform icon and connect your various accounts with Restream.
Step 5: Set-up your broadcasting preferences and streaming software. You can stream directly from your browser, multiple participants in different locations, from a phone or GoPro, or directly to your own website. You can find more about available broadcasting features on the Restream Help Center.
How to Multi-Stream with Streamlabs Prime
Streamlabs Prime is the premium addition to Streamlabs. It gives you access to over 40 different apps that can improve the quality of your streams and potentially earn you more money through merch sales.
Streamlabs Prime also allows you to easily multi-stream from SLOBS, one of the best streaming software currently on the market (and its free!). If you already use Streamlabs OBS, this is the simplest way for you to start multi-streaming immediately.
How to Multi-Stream with MelonApp
MelonApp is a browser streaming software that was created by Streamlabs during the 2020 pandemic. Streamlabs realized the need for an easy-to-use browser platform for professionals who needed to start streaming as part of their career.
The app is extremely intuitive to set up and gives you several simple options to create a seamless stream straight from your browser. The premium version allows you to stream to several platforms at once with just a click of a button.
Advantages of Multistreaming
While there is only one real “pro” to streaming on multiple platforms, it is a good one: the ability to extend your reach and find a broader audience. As a new streamer, it can feel exhausting to broadcast to one of two viewers, and having a more extensive reach is very tempting.
- When streaming to multiple platforms, you pull from a pool of a larger potential audience. This means you can funnel them to social media or the channel of your choice over time.
- With multistreaming, your growth isn’t tied to only one platform. This means, if another platform (like Mixer) goes under, you won’t lose your entire audience.
- The more views you have overall, the more appealing you will be to brands who will want to work with you through sponsorships or affiliate programs. You will also have greater odds of being found by gaming sponsors.
Does Twitch Allow Multistreaming?
Multistreaming from Twitch can be tough as the platform really doesn’t like it when you stream to multiple places at the same time. You may have to forgo being an affiliate or partner unless you stream on different platforms at different times that you stream on Twitch. You can also upload streams to a classic YouTube channel after 24 hours of it ending.
While most monetized streaming accounts are not allowed to stream on other platforms, you can still stream on embedded sites or platforms that aren’t built for streaming. You will need to read the rules of your platform to know what is allowed. Several have gotten permission to steam to other platforms as well. As you are growing before you are monetized, you may want to consider multistreaming to build your audience in more than one place.
Why You Should Multi-Stream to Facebook
Of the streaming platforms, new content creators often find that it is easiest to grow a community streaming on Facebook Gaming. With the downfall of Mixer, there have been several streamers and viewers that have made the transition to Facebook and competition may pick up, but there are several ways you can network or find an audience on this platform.
Why You Should Multi-Stream to YouTube
As the second-largest search engine in the world, YouTube has an enormous reach when it comes to searches and finding audiences. While the gaming live-streaming portion of YouTube is still in its infancy, it is rapidly growing year over year. The most appealing thing about streaming on YouTube is that it is easy to leverage your subs from your highlight videos and general content over to your live streams.
Cons to Streaming to Multiple Platforms
While this can be tempting as you can access more than one audience, it is generally against the Terms of Service of the platform if you are monetized by it. For example, Twitch Affiliates and Partners are not allowed to show content streamed through Twitch on another platform for 24 hours.
Streaming on multiple sites means you must split your time learning about each platform. You will also need a promotional strategy for each. While most aspects of a website will be the same as others, small variances can make a big difference in your workload.
It is also challenging to create a community if you are streaming to multiple accounts. Even if you are reading the chats on every platform you are using, only you’ll be able to see the entire chat. Your viewers will be unable to communicate with each other or follow the conversation.
While most multistreaming applications generally work well, they can occasionally disconnect, drop frames, or have other minor issues. This can be frustrating for both you and your viewers.
Advice For Growing on Twitch and YouTube at the Same Time
If you don’t mind the extra work, start your streaming career by broadcasting to multiple servers. We recommend streaming on Twitch as well as Facebook Gaming and YouTube Gaming. While Twitch has the largest user-base by far, it is far easier to be discovered on Facebook Gaming and YouTube Gaming.
Let your viewers know that you are streaming to multiple platforms so that they understand you are talking with more than one chat. If you have one platform that you consider your “main” site, let them know so that your most loyal followers can watch from the same channel and communicate together.
Hold off on accepting Twitch Affiliate or a partnership until you’ve built a decent size community, then cut back to the platform of your choice.
Create a Discord server for your communities to interact with each other. As they build their relationship with you and with each other, they will become loyal followers, even when you cut back to one streaming site. Make sure that you spend time with them and value their feedback.
Stream on Different Platforms on Different Days
If you want to try out different platforms, try spending a couple of days on one, then a couple of other days on another. While you shouldn’t judge either entirely on just your experience in two days, it is a good way for you to know which you prefer over time.
When it comes time for you to choose one and focus your energy on building that, let your viewership on the other platform know where you are. While many might not follow you, those who truly loved your content should be willing to follow you to another site.
Multi-Stream to a Private YouTube Channel
Even after you’ve reached Twitch Affiliate (or the partnership of your choice), you can still use your Restream software to multistream to a private YouTube channel. This will save you an extra step if you want to publish your content on YouTube after a 24-hour period. It also gives you unlimited storage for your streams.
While it may be easier to reach a broader audience by multistreaming, the way to keep your viewers is by giving them quality content that will bring them back to your channel.