Free Software for live streaming

Michael McMahon michael at
Thu Jul 2 19:04:49 UTC 2020

OBS could stream to a server.  Icecast could be the server and stream to
the viewers.

BBB would be good if you want participant interaction.  It might get
overloaded with a city council meeting.  I have seen BBB used for a
classroom sized event with approximately 30 people.

Many alternatives are listed at

Michael McMahon | Web Developer, Free Software Foundation
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On 7/2/20 7:56 AM, Erik Albers wrote:
> Hi all,
> there is the interest of a medium-sized German city to stream its city council
> meetings to the internet. They would like to use Free Software, are willing to
> spend some money for it and are looking for help now.
> Apparently there is OBS Studio in this area [1]. Theoretically, this could
> also be possible via Big Blue Button [2]? Does anyone here have experience
> with any of the mentioned software or in general with live streaming and Free
> Software and can share recommendations / pitfalls?
> Thank you and best regards,
>    Erik
> [1]
> [2]

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