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Live stream metrics

When you live stream on YouTube you'll be able to see how your stream performs. You'll see different metrics depending on whether you use Stream now, Events, or mobile.

Stream now

When you use Stream now you'll be able to see the following metrics during the stream:

  • Watching now: See how many viewers you have at any given time. Peak concurrent is the highest number of concurrent viewers during a live stream.
  • Messages/min: Live chat messages per minute

Metrics will be available in YouTube Analytics 48-72 hours after your live stream ends. You can download the data as a CSV file. Note: Data in YouTube Analytics is based on Video ID.

You can sort the data by Live, On demand, or Live & on demand in YouTube Analytics in the Overview menu.

For more information about the available data, see the Watch time report.

Events

In addition to YouTube Analytics, you can also see your metrics in the Live Control Room for Events.

The graphs in the Live Control Room display the most recent 24-hours. You can download the complete data using the Download Report button after your event has ended. You'll able to see the following metrics:

  • Stream status: Health of the stream currently being sent to YouTube from your encoder. This includes specific error messages with instructions.
  • Average live view duration: Total view time divided by the number of views.
  • Total view time: The total time (in hours) the live event was played across all views.  
  • Concurrent viewers: The number of simultaneous views. Peak concurrent is the highest number of concurrent viewers during an event.
  • Playbacks: The number of times a browser or device started playing the stream.
  • Chat Rate: The number of messages sent in live chat per minute.

Mobile

Mobile live streams feature several metrics while you are live. These include:

  • Stream status: Health of the stream currently being sent to YouTube from your mobile device. This includes specific error messages with instructions
  • Concurrent viewers: The number of simultaneous viewers. Peak concurrent is the highest number of viewers during a live stream.
  • Duration: How long the stream has lasted.
  • Live chat messages: These can be turned off or filtered for just Super Chat messages by tapping the button at the center bottom.
  • Likes: The total number of users that have liked the stream. These transfer to the VOD archive of the live stream.

When you finish a mobile live stream there is a quick snapshot of your stream metrics.

  • Playbacks: The number of times a browser or device started playing the stream.
  • New Subscribers: The number of users who subscribed to your channel during the stream.
  • Total watch time: The total time the event was played across all views.
  • Peak concurrents: The highest number of views during the stream.
  • Duration: The length of time the stream was live.
  • Avg. watch time: The average time a viewer watched the stream.

YouTube Analytics

In YouTube Analytics you are able to sort by Live, On demand, or Live & on demand.

Here you can see Watch Time Reports (Watch Time, Audience Retention, Demographics, Playback Locations, Traffic Sources and Devices) for individual videos or for a channel, just like regular uploads. For more information about the data available, see the Watch time report article.

In Live streaming you'll be able to see Peak concurrents and chat messages. This report is available at the video level. Metrics will be available in YouTube Analytics for 48-72 hours after your live stream ends. You can download the data as a CSV file. Note: Data in YouTube Analytics is based on Video ID.  The data is processed and despammed and measures different information to what you see in the Live Control Room.


Note: To learn more about Super Chat reporting see the Manage Super Chat article.

Note: Interaction reports and revenue reports are not available when filtering for live. You will see this error message: This data is not available by live/on demand. Please select "Live & on demand" or switch to a different report.

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