Streaming to Concert Window with an Android Phone

Concert Window is a platform for broadcasting performances live online. You can broadcast from a laptop or desktop computer using the site’s built-in broadcasting software without downloading any external programs. Concert Window is the most flexible live broadcasting platform on the internet that allows artists to interact with fans, sell merchandise and receive tips in real time. The platform supports multi-mic/multi-camera productions as well as smaller setups, or simply using your laptop’s built-in camera and mic. Most shows are broadcast from more intimate spaces. Shows can be set to be free, “Pay What You Want” ($1 minimum) or have a set ticket price. Viewers can tip while the show is in progress. They add up all the revenue after the show and send you 70%. They keep 30%. They pay you via PayPal (or check) within 24 hours of the show’s completion. You can play as often as you like for as long as you like.

I have friends on Ocracoke Island who regularly stream their concerts from the island to viewers all over the world. The Concert Window site is bare bones but the streaming quality is fairly good (depending on your source device). They only have an iOS app – no Android app but you can stream from any device using the rtmp protocol. Concert Window tech support is no help on this but after many trials and errors I have finally found a setup that works for me on my Android phone. I got it to work using two different apps: Larix Broadcaster and Streamlabs.

The problem is that Concert Window gives you confusing information when you set up a stream and it’s hard to figure out what to put in what field in your streaming app setup. AND – it’s different for each app. So, first for Larix Broadcaster – the one I have chosen to use. The first paragraph of THIS POST tells you everything you need to know.

So for this RTMP URL that concert window gives me (changed the names): rtmp://ipaddress:port#/origin/_definst_/stream-cw-wowza-web-number-number-production

and this STREAM NAME: stream-cw-wowza-web-number-number-production?username=user-username&password=password&startRecord=1

You will add everything from the “?” in the STREAM NAME except for the &startRecord=1 part  to the end of the RTMP URL and you will get this:

rtmp://ipaddress:port#/origin/_definst_/stream-cw-wowza-web-number-number-production?username=user-username&password=password

You put that in the Connection URL field of your RTMP connection in Larix and that’s all. Leave everything else blank. You should be able to connect to Concert Window now.

For Streamlabs app you will put the rtmp://ipaddress:port#/origin part in the URL field – that is everything before the “_definst_” part (we won’t use that) and put the rest (except _definst_ and the &startRecord=1 part) in the Stream Key field so that would be stream-cw-wowza-web-number-number-production?username=user-username&password=password

OK – hope this helps. Concert Window tech support basically said “we can’t help you with that”.