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Facebook adds new tools to make livestreaming more efficient

Facebook adds new tools to make livestreaming more efficient

Facebook has rolled out a number of changes to make livestreaming easier. The updates are aimed at publishers, as well as companies and brands that use live video.

One key to rule them all 

The platform has streamlined the initial livestream set up process; livestreams on Facebook now only require one persistent stream key with an encoder. A stream key is essentially used to identify a source of audio or video so it can then be broadcast online.

Now stream keys won't change every time a page goes live, saving creators the hassle of having to send out a different key to any teams or collaborators. 

Facebook streamer Darkness429 commented on the change: "Streamers want to get their content out to their fans as quickly as possible without having to worry about going down a checklist of things to do, and with Facebook allowing streamers to have a persistent stream key, it gives the streamer the ability to quickly and effortlessly start streaming while also giving them less to worry about before starting their stream."

Live crossposting

Facebook now has the ability to publish a live broadcast across multiple Facebook pages at once. This video demonstrates World Surf League and Brazilian media network Multishow sending live video to two Facebook pages at once.

Be kind, rewind

Lastly, Facebook is trialling a live rewind feature, allowing viewers to rewind a live broadcast and catch up on things they've missed. 

The same stream on different Facebook pages

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Editor

Danielle Partis is editor of PocketGamer.biz and former editor of InfluencerUpdate.biz. She was named Journalist of the Year at the MCV Women in Games Awards 2019, as well as in the MCV 30 under 30 2020. Prior to Steel Media, she wrote about music and games at Team Rock.

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