How to announce a scheduled live stream


#1

Today’s Epiphan Facebook video on building your live stream audience featured a pre-event post that said Ephiphan was planning to live stream at a certain time and also had a count-down clock. In addition, shortly before the broadcast began, a message popped up saying something like “waiting for Epiphan broadcast.” I know that some time back, Facebook stopped the ability to stream to a scheduled event with an automatic start, and this seems somewhat similar. However, I don’t recall seeing this particular application before, which looked like it had a manual start.

Is it possible to set up this kind of notice within X2? On the Facebook event itself? Or do I need to create a separate post? I can’t see anywhere on Facebook or X2 that allows it.


#2

The way that we do the Live Show events are published through our corporate page using Pearl-2. Which still allows for scheduled streams. What FB removed was streaming to Events, but not scheduled streams on a Page, different functions.
That being said, the scheduled streams on a Page is usually done with custom RTMP.
With Webcaster X2 you can do an ad-hoc stream to a page, timeline or group, unfortunately it does not allow you to select a scheduled stream.


#3

Is there any update on this? The way we’re using now is we just ‘go live’ to our facebook page a couple of minutes beforehand to allow notifications to be sent out, etc… but it would be nice to be able to schedule the fb live event and promote it during the week. Would you guys need to institute ‘custom RTMPS platform’ selection in order to do this?


#4

Facebook does not have any “live soon” type notifications so unfortunately there’s nothing exposed within the API that can be used to push out notifications. This also applies for standard streaming protocols as well. Both require a manual trigger and it is entirely up to Facebook to decide whether or not a notification can or will be sent.


#5

So basically there is no way for the Webcaster X2 to access a scheduled Facebook Live video?


#6

Facebook removed the option in the API to stream to Scheduled events in April 2018 among many other updates and changes.

You can certainly stream to a Group or Page to which you are an Admin however