Internet Requirements for Live Streaming
Live streaming has never been so popular and the current situation of the world has definitely a part in it, however; before you spend all your hard earned money on streaming gear, can your internet even handle it?
How fast does your Internet need to be?
While there are tons of different platforms you can stream to, the internet requirements for live streaming actually do not differ too much between the platforms.
The lowest accepted stream quality by the streaming community is 720p 30 FPS. Of course you can stream in lower quality than that, however; your stream would be so pixelated that no one will sit through this. If your content is gold, you can get away with 720p 30 FPS which translates to an upload speed of 1.6 Mbps.
For a higher quality HD stream in possibly even 60 FPS your internet requirements are a minimum of 3 Mbps. Going hand in hand with your internet requirements for live streaming, is how you handle your internet. There is a fine line of pushing out the best quality possible and not losing connection of skipping frames because of it.
How to check your Internet Speed
Checking your internet speed is important. If you are trying to stream in a quality that your internet connection simply cannot handle, your stream will skip frames, and viewers will leave your stream, or in the worst case, your stream will shut down completely.
The easiest way to check your internet speed is to go to Speedtest. Keep in mind, your internet speed may fluctuate throughout the day, so prior to streaming test your connection at different times during the day and on different days.
Twitch’s Internet Requirements & Basic Guidelines
In case you are not sure which internet settings you need in order to live stream in your desired quality, here are Twitch’s internet requirements.
For the best possible quality stream, Twitch asks for an upload speed of 6 Mbps, to stream 1080p 60 FPS. Twitch caps the upload speed at 6 Mbps, however; you might want to allow for more speed, when streaming more demanding, fast paced games like FPS games.
As a rule of thumb, if the movement on your stream is fairly slow, a 6 Mbps upload speed will be sufficient. If you there is a lot of rapid movement happening, you should allocate around 10 Mbps upload to your stream.
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