Question

Can I host a video streaming service on my droplet?

Posted April 1, 2019 3.6k views
Programming Project Ubuntu 18.04

I’m trying to create something similar to Twitch Plays Pokemon, where commands are recieved via a web interface, something is done with the commands, and the results streamed live.

I’ve already played around with VNC to get a desktop environment. It LOOKS like this should work, but is there likely to be some problem down the road that I can’t forsee at the moment?

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You can definitely stream video, and I think you will find that the bandwidth costs on DigitalOcean are much less than doing something similar on AWS/GCE/Azure.

One recommendation: You might be able to reach a large audience more efficiently and cheaply if you stream from the Droplet to YouTube, and then host a webpage that has the interactivity and the YouTube stream embedded.

That way there’s only one outbound video stream from the Droplet, and YouTube handles scaling it to hundreds of viewers.

  • Thanks for your reply buddy. Your message implies that twitch has multiple outbound streams, I don’t understand why this would be?

    Anyway- I installed OBS (the most common broadcasting software) on my droplet but it won’t launch because ‘failed to initialise video- GPU may not be supported’. This could be a significant stumbling block. Droplets probably don’t have particularly impressive GPU cards. Do you think there is a solution to this?

You can use 1-click Ant Media Server image in Digital Ocean Marketplace for live streaming.

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