Live stream metrics

 

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When you live stream on YouTube you check your stream's performance. You'll get different metrics depending on whether you use Stream now, Events, or mobile.

Stream now

When you use Stream now you check the following metrics during the stream:

  • Watching now: Shows 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 in YouTube Analytics in the Overview Menu. You can sort by by Live, On demand, or Live & on demand.

You can get more info about the available data in the Watch time report.

Events

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

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

  • Stream status: Health of the stream currently being sent to YouTube from your encoder. Stream status 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 stream 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're live. These metrics include:

  • Stream status: Health of the stream currently being sent to YouTube from your mobile device. Stream status 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 messages can be turned off or filtered for Super Chat messages. To turn off or filter, tap the button at the center bottom.
  • Likes: The total number of users that have liked the stream. Likes transfer to the VOD archive of the live stream.

When you finish a mobile live stream, there's 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.

You’ll get Watch Time Reports for individual videos or for a channel, like regular uploads.

Reports include:

  • Watch Time
  • Audience Retention
  • Demographics
  • Playback Locations
  • Traffic Sources and Devices

You can get more info about the data available in the Watch Time report.

In Live streaming you can check Peak concurrents and chat messages. The report is available at the video level and metrics are available in YouTube Analytics for 48-72 hours after your live stream ends. You can download the data as a CSV file.

Data in YouTube Analytics is based on Video ID.  The data is processed and despammed and measures different info than what you get in the Live Control Room.

Learn more about Super Chat Reporting.

Note: Interaction reports and revenue reports aren't available when filtering for live. You'll get 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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