How to Live Stream to Multiple Platforms Simultaneously [2022 Update]

By Emily Krings

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Emily Krings

Emily is a strategic content writer and story teller. She specializes in helping businesses create blog content that connects with their audience.

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    Even though broadcasting videos on your website through a professional online video platform (OVP) gives you the most control over your video content and live streams, multi-platform streaming comes with its own set of benefits.

    You already have an audience on Youtube, Facebook, and other social media platforms with live streaming functions, so why not stream your content there, as well? You can extend your reach to a broader audience without compromising the limitations that come with these free platforms by simulcasting – or live streaming to multiple platforms simultaneously.

    In order to help you bring your live streams to larger audiences, Dacast has developed a new method for simulcast streaming so you can stream on multiple platforms at once. 

    We have equipped our streaming solution software with the capability to integrate with Switchboard Live. This integration gives Dacast users the ability to live stream to multiple platforms, including Facebook Live.

    This new partnership will make it faster than ever for Dacast and Switchboard Live users to go from secure video upload to streaming on multiple platforms at the same time. 

    Let’s talk about the perks of this integration and how to use all of Dacast’s resources to simultaneously stream on multiple platforms.

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    Table of Contents

    • About Switchboard Live
    • What Is Multistreaming?
    • When to Use Streaming on Multiple Platforms
    • How to Live Stream to Multiple Platforms
    • Connecting Dacast to Switchboard Live
    • Connecting Facebook to Switchboard Live
    • What if I’m Not a Switchboard Live Customer?
    • Conclusion

    What Is Multistreaming?

    Streaming is a process we are all very familiar with, where one video broadcasting can reach lots and lots of different screens simultaneously. Imagine a streaming system like Facebook Live, for example. Using one platform, lots of people are able to stream the same content at the same time.

    Multistreaming is expanding the streaming process to include multiple systems. Instead of just your audience on one platform, you can stream simultaneously to multiple audiences.

    The benefits of going live on multiple platforms are multiplying your audience, avoiding technological problems, and potentially attracting new viewers.

    • Multiply your audience– Although there’s a potential for overlap in audience members, you’re likely to have unique followers on any individual platform where you could live stream. By broadcasting your stream on multiple platforms at the same time, you maximize your potential audience while also giving your core fan base additional chances to catch your live stream.
    • Avoiding Tech Problems– If you are live streaming and something goes wrong with the tech, whether it’s your fault or not, people aren’t going to sit around and wait for the problem to sort itself out. When you stream on multiple platforms at once, you spread the risk out. If one platform has problems, your stream won’t be interrupted completely.
    • Potentially Attracting New Viewers– Every platform that allows users to live stream has its own system for trying to keep users engaged. When you live stream on Youtube, for example, they will suggest your content to people who might like it. By increasing the number of simultaneous live streams, you increase the likelihood that new users will have the chance to engage with it.

    When to Use Streaming on Multiple Platforms

    Streaming on multiple platforms gives you the ability to reach a wider audience with a lot less time and work. One of the biggest reasons to use multistreaming is to grow your audience by giving the most people possible access to your livestream.

    The bigger question is when would it not be a good idea to stream on multiple platforms because the benefits to doing so are vast. You may want certain content to be exclusively available on your own website for branding or monetization purposes. But anytime your goal is to simply attract the most number of viewers as possible, you’ll want to go live on multiple platforms at the same time.

    About Switchboard Live

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    Dacast integrates with Switchboard Live to provide you with the best solution for streaming on multiple platforms simultaneously.

    Like we’ve mentioned, Switchboard Live is software that integrates with Dacast. They offer services designed to help you stream your videos to multiple platforms at once. 

    Switchboard Live is a video distribution platform that allows you to simultaneously live stream across your own OTT video provider—such as Dacast—and all of the most popular social media channels including Facebook and Youtube.

    Switchboard Live describes its service as “set it and forget it.” You can pre-load your social channels and metadata for quick and easy streaming. You can also use the encoding software of your choice, send streams to custom RTMP destinations, and brand your content with your logo or other watermarks.

    Switchboard Live’s most basic plan costs $33 per month, and that gives you the ability to broadcast live video footage to up to 3 platforms at once. More inclusive packages are available if you need to stream to more destinations or require additional features.

    Switchboard Live is definitely one of the most useful integrations for Dacast users. We highly recommend making the investment if you plan for multi-platform streaming.

    How to Live Stream to Multiple Platforms

    How to Live Stream to Multiple Platforms
    Live streaming to multiple platforms can be a daunting task without the right tools and software.

    Learning how to go live on multiple platforms at once is a lot easier when using a third-party system like Switchboard Live. As we mentioned above, Switchboard Live seamlessly connects to Dacast so you can stream simultaneously to your own website, Facebook Live, Youtube, or Twitch all at the same time.

    One of the biggest advantages of using Switchboard Live is that it’s very quick and convenient. Once you connect your Dacast account and all of your social streaming platforms—including Facebook, YouTube, Restream, or Twitch—you can start doing multi-destination streaming as well as multi-camera live streaming in just a few clicks.

    Can you stream to multiple platforms at once without using Switchboard Live? Yes, although the process is a bit longer. Below, we will discuss step-by-step instructions on how to connect your Dacast account and social media destinations to Switchboard Live, and how to stream to multiple platforms if you do not have a Switchboard Live account.

    Connecting Dacast to Switchboard Live

    1. Log in to Switchboard Live.
    2. Click “Add Destination.” 
    3. Click “New Destination.”
    4. Select “Dacast Channel” as the platform, and give it a name.
    5. Next, you’ll need your Dacast API key. This can be found by logging into Dacast and visiting your preferences. Under “API,” you will see an API key. Click “Regenerate” if there is no API key.
    6. Back in Switchboard Live, paste your Dacast API key. The list of channels will populate in a few seconds. Select the live channel you wish to broadcast on from the dropdown menu. Dacast integration with Switchboard Live works with all types of Dacast live channels: HTML5, low latency, and m3u8.
    7. Click “Finish.”

    Once you complete these steps, you should see your Dacast live channel in your list of available destinations.

    Connecting Facebook to Switchboard Live

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    You can still stream to multiple platforms without a Switchboard Live subscription.
    1. Login to your Switchboard Live account.
    2. Click “Add Destination.”
    3. Choose “New Destination” and select “Facebook” in the drop-down menu. 
    4. Name your new destination and click “Next.”
    5. Follow the prompts to connect with your Facebook account. Make sure to select the right profile or page where you want to stream.
    6. Set up your encoder. In your Switchboard account, you will see a preview window with fields for “Stream Server / URL.” Select the stream server of your choice. We recommend you choose the one located closest to your audience.
    7. Copy the stream URL and stream key from this page.
    8. Open your software/hardware encoder configuration page.
    9. Set a new stream/output destination. 
    10. Select a custom RTMP streaming server as the type.
    11. Enter the URL and stream key you copied from Switchboard Live.
    12. Set up your encoder as normal.

    Repeat this process for any other destinations you’d like to add. Youtube, Twitch, and LinkedIn Live are other big ones.

    Once you’ve connected your social streaming platforms, streaming is easy. 

    To begin your stream, go live on Dacast using your live streaming encoder. Next, visit your Switchboard Live account and turn on the destinations you want to live stream to.

    What if I’m not a Switchboard Live Customer?

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    Live streaming platforms are video hosting solutions that allow users to upload and broadcast video content to their audience.

    If you’re not a Switchboard Live user and are wondering “can I still stream on multiple platforms?” Yes, there are still a couple of methods you can use to stream to multiple live streaming platforms with your Dacast account.

    You can either use your Dacast Share Code or you can use your live stream encoding software

    Here’s how each method would work for you.

    Method 1: Dacast Share Code

    The Dacast online video platform makes it easy to share your live streams and VODs to social networks. The fastest way to make this happen is to use the Dacast social share code. 

    To use this method, simply visit the “publish settings” for your live stream. Then look for the Facebook share code on this page. 

    The code will look something like this:

    how to stream on multiple platformsCopy this code, and then go to your Facebook page. Paste this code where it says “Write a post…” The title and a splash screen of your video content will appear. 

    You can add any text you want. Once you are satisfied with your post, click the “Post” to publish. Users will be able to click the play button. This will launch the live stream or video in a new tab.

    Using this method to share your video allows you to reach your social media followers. It also preserves monetization methods and password protection. If you’re monetizing with a paywall, this is the only method that works.

    Method 2: Multi-destination Streaming at the Encoder Level

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    Streaming on multiple platforms with the help of an encoder is the most technical simulcasting option.

    The second method for streaming on multiple platforms is to do so at the encoder level. Essentially, this involves setting up multiple stream destinations in your encoder settings.

    This is very easy if you’re using a software encoder like Wirecast, VidBlasterX, or vMix.

    When you live stream it will now be broadcast to both Dacast and Facebook simultaneously

    This is a native streaming method, which is a plus. However, this also means that restrictions on stream length, branding, video monetization, etc. will apply.

    The same method can be used to stream to Dacast and Twitch, YouTube, Restream, and other online video platforms.

    Here is an overview of the steps to setting up your encoder on Wirecast for multi-destination streaming:

    1. Set your Output Settings to “RTMP server.”
    2. Select an encoding profile.
    3. Enter an address and a stream.
    4. Click “Set Credentials” and follow the steps to log in as prompted.
    5. Click “Add” and select “RTMP Server” as your output destination.
    6. Choose an encoding profile.
    7. Enter your Facebook Server URL for your address.
    8. Copy and paste your Facebook Stream Key
    9. Click “OK” and then press the “+” symbol to add your video source.

    Bonus: We’ve created a more detailed step-by-step guide for multi-destination streaming using a software encoder. This guide will teach you how to set up your encoder so that you can stream on all of your favorite platforms. Learn More Here

    Conclusion

    Whether you use Switchboard Live, your Dacast share code, or the encoder method, streaming on multiple platforms is straightforward.

    We’re confident that our Switchboard Live integrations will provide a great deal of flexibility to those using Dacast’s professional video hosting and live streaming platform.

    You can broadcast your first stream on multiple platforms with the help of Dacast today.

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    What have your experiences with multistreaming been like? If you’ve had a success story multiplying your audience using multistreaming, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

    As always, thanks for reading, and good luck with your live streaming endeavors.

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    Emily Krings

    Emily is a strategic content writer and story teller. She specializes in helping businesses create blog content that connects with their audience.

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