Experiment with streaming video to multiple displays

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I am currently experimenting with ways to live stream video to my displays. My goal is to have my school students read announcements and have them pushed to all our classroom displays. I have 21 TV screens (all 720p) running Intel ComputeSticks (reliably and effectively as well if I may add!)

My first experiment is as follows:
  1. Create a YouTube live stream (Using OBS and a USB webcam on a laptop)
  2. Use embed code from YouTube
  3. Embed iframe in a presentation
  4. Schedule presentation and push to screens
The above method sort of works, but I am getting buffering and am having to use autoplay in the HTML embed code.

I'm wondering if anyone else has any ideas?

I've considered purchasing an IP camera and seeing if I can embed a feed from that also but that is definitely unchartered territory for me.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts or contributions.
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Andrew, YouTube actually works fantastically great for streaming and content management. We use it daily. The buffering is most likely related to poor Internet connection. You gonna need to address it one or another way. Getting the devices 'wired' would be the best solution.

You can get YouTube widget from the RV Store to get 'autoplay' functionality, OR (and this is what I do) use the proper embed code that makes YT videos autostart: <iframe width="1280" height="720" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/playlist?list=PLJp6UeapIt7TxS6iMd6dduhEru_j3_Nb7&autoplay=1&lo...; frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> (modify it to fit your needs: copy+paste this link in a browser and use the address line to get the full embed code).

Now, I do not want to sound rude, but if you just spent a bit of your time to search this forum, you would have found this embed code posted before many times.

Also, I recommend creating a channel in YT and use channel embed code instead of video embed code.
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Thanks Darius. No offence taken about the search but I had already found and used the embed html code from the YouTube page and manually added the autoplay code to get the video to start.

As everything appears to be running OK now I will keep the YouTube widget from the RV store as a backup option should I need it.

It appears the issue I was having with stream health was related to my webcam. It was SD resolution. As soon as I switch to a HD 720p USB camera it was fine. Both my streaming laptop and my RV players are all connected over Ethernet and I can shape my Internet traffic to prioritise the stream on my Firewall should I need to.

I guess I was wondering what other solutions people may have used. I am a one man band in my School so I never have anyone to bounce ideas off!

I will certainly look into embedding a YouTube channel as an option. This is new to me so I will read up...
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Darius' suggestions on the Youtube Widget or embedding via the HTML Widget are your best options. Let us know if you have other questions or concerns!