Stream directly to YouTube or send your video to any broadcast software that accepts video through an IP feed.
With Hudl Focus, you can stream directly to YouTube now for a free and simple livestreaming solution that doesn’t charge fans and parents to watch games.
You can also send your video to any broadcast software that accepts video through an IP feed, allowing you to choose where you send the livestream and if you want to monetize it. We laid out all the details of both options below.
Send Focus video directly to YouTube
The simplest way to livestream is through YouTube. It’s free to use, plus there isn’t a paywall option so your community doesn’t need to pay to watch. But there are still ways to earn money from your streams if you get creative with sponsorships and online marketing.
You also don’t need to purchase any equipment or recruit any extra manpower to start a YouTube livestream. As long as you enable YouTube Live for the events you want to, the livestream will automatically begin when Focus starts recording.
Choose Focus as a video source in broadcast software
Send Focus video to a broadcast software platform, giving you more flexibility over advertisements, paywalls and which livestream platforms you want to use, like NFHS Network or Facebook.
Use free broadcasting software like OBS, or paid software like BlueFrame Production Truck, Wirecast and StretchCast. There are tons of other broadcasting software options out there that also work with Hudl Focus — just check their website or ask a representative to make sure they accept IP feeds as an RTMP video source. They won’t be compatible if they only use RTMP push for output of the stream.
Using Focus as a video source in a broadcast software also gives you the option to add graphics, scoreboard overlays, audio commentary and additional angles to your broadcast.
Once Focus video is sent to a broadcast software, you can then choose to send it to a livestreaming platform, giving your fans more ways to watch. Think NFHS Network, StretchLive and Facebook.
Last but not least, you get more freedom with monetization. Make up for lost gate revenue by setting up a paywall. Plus, some platforms let you add your own advertisements directly onto your streams so your sponsors can get real estate on the screen, not just in your bleachers.
The one thing to keep in mind with this option is you’ll need a laptop or computer to run the broadcast software and a person to manage it.
Still not sure which option is right for you? We’ve compared the two side by side to help you decide.