We used to do something similar to this 10 years ago before Masterplay had
the capability to open up HLS, RTMP, RTMPS, or M3U8 files with an amino box
set to open an RTMP stream from a local media server. We would begin
streaming to the server and then just tell the amino box to reboot. it was
programmed to automatically connect to the stream upon startup. Then we
would just set our schedule to switch to the Amino input on the switcher at
a specific time.
We basically do the same thing now with our live broadcasts (football,
morning programs, LIVE parades, etc...) but with the Masterplay set to open
up a link from a local media server . We use Wowza now as it has the
ability to restream the stream that is sent to youtube and facebook at the
same time... but used to use Unreal Media Server which is free.
I remember in the past trying the same thing Jon but with another command
line program (I think it was youtube-dl) to grab the LIVE url to open with
an amino... It did work, but was very inconsistent and the stream would
freeze and the amino would stop playing the LIVE stream. I have not tried
to open a youtube link with youtube-dl with a Masterplay. I might try a
test stream with StreamLink and see if it will open up a live stream in
Anyone not streaming to youtube and wanting to only send it locally for a
live link back to the studio. You can use Unreal Media Server which is
what we used for years to stream to and had Masterplay open the stream.
It's free for up to 5 broadcast streams and is flawless after you get it
setup. It doesn't require a fast computer, I think we had it on a 5 year
old dual core pentium computer.
VP / Station Manager
XL7-TV (K07XL Mtn. Home)
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On Wed, Nov 18, 2020 at 7:30 PM Jon C. Moon <jonmoon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Recently there was some discussion here about how different stations are
able to send live feeds through the public internet to their stations,
whether for sports, news or special event programming.
Now, here's an idea that might be helpful:
There's a free little command line program called "StreamLink" which can
be used to receive live streams from a number of popular streaming
services. The program then "pipes" the stream data over to your default
media player for playout. In particular, the program works directly with
live streams on YouTube, which is great because live streaming on YouTube
is pretty easy to do and, best of all, is absolutely FREE!
While you could just use a typical computer and web browser to play out a
live You Tube feed, that can be problematic...some computers don't have
HDMI output, ads, notifications and popups can show up, etc.
Here's a potentially better (and probably cheaper) solution:
StreamLink will run on the Raspberry, Pi, a tiny, little credit card-sized
computer that costs about $40 and has excellent video decoding and output
through HDMI. After typing in the URL (web address) of the live stream,
the stream is sent to VLC player, where it can be automatically output
fullscreen through the Raspberry Pi's HDMI connector - no menu, controls,
I've tried this method with a few of the live streams at YouTube - ABC
News and NASA, for example - and it worked really well. If you're familiar
with scripting, I imagine this probably could be automated to run at
Jon C. Moon
Ridgeline TV Channel 99