Facebook streaming is exploding in popularity. In fact, in Q3 2021, Facebook gaming surpassed YouTube Gaming in hours watched for the first time ever. While this may be surprising, recent updates to their platform like the ability to co-stream and the launch of streamer fan groups is helping Facebook Gaming earn recognition as a great alternative to livestreaming services.
Below we'll cover how to schedule and go live to your Facebook Page, Group, or Profile.
Why Stream to Facebook?
One of the great things about streaming to Facebook is that many people already have an existing audience on the platform. Many streamers start out broadcasting to friends and family.
While this isn’t the case for everyone, it may be worth considering if you have a large friend or family network interested in what you do already. Even broadcasting to a few people can be a great way to get your feet wet with streaming.
Secondly, Facebook has been busy improving the live streaming functionality of its platform. They recently added “Co-streaming,” which allows users to stream with one another while letting viewers choose which stream they want to view. They have also been busy taking steps to protect their creators. The platform announced that it is broadening protection for its streamers who want to use copyrighted music in the background of their live streams by including “Level Up” creators.
Among other initiatives increasing community connection, such as the launch of Streamer Fan Groups, programs like Facebook’s Black Creator Program indicate a significant investment in supporting the next generation of Black creators.
Overall, Facebook Gaming is improving its platform, and the growth experienced this quarter is evidence that the company streaming platform is heading in the right direction.
How to Connect Your Account to Talk Studio
Before scheduling a live stream on Facebook, you'll want to add your Streamin Destinations to your Talk Studio's Destinations page.
- From your Talk Studio, click your profile icon to Settings
2. From your Destinations page, click Add Destination.
3. Add any of the below options.
How to Schedule Your Live Stream
- From your Talk Studio, click the Schedule icon
2. Select the streaming destination you want to schedule a stream to.
3. Select if you want to schedule a livestream or a pre-recorded video.
3. Input your stream information. Your scheduled stream will need to be at least 15 minutes in advance and at most 7 days out. We recommend adding a custom thumbnail for your scheduled stream.
To initiate the scheduled stream click the Schedule icon which at this point should highlight how many scheduled streams you set up and then click Enter Studio for that scheduled stream. At this point, you can invite your guests before you go live.
Now just press Go Live as usual to start your scheduled stream. If you run into any issues or have any questions, reach us by emailing, [email protected]. Happy Streaming!
The Talk Studio Team