As you may know, Twitch is a video game broadcasting service, kind of like YouTube but everything it shows is live. Much like YouTube, it has gathered a set of gaming personalities around it that actually make their living streaming themselves playing video games.
Obviously, I'm not looking to start making a living doing this ... unless it falls in my lap. But realistically I'm not some crass and sarcastic skinny young punk or some potty-mouthed hot chick with rainbow hair and a tank top (because it is so hot in this room, how did that happen? ... yes, I heard a girl actually say that). I just thought it would be fun to experiment with.
The Xbox One has Twitch streaming built in, so I figured I wouldn't have to invest a bunch of time, effort and money in some sort of crazy streaming setup. On the other hand, I couldn't get it to work for the longest time. I would start broadcasting and things would say they were working fine ... but when I would go to my Twitch stream, it would just show me as offline. I finally worked it out though ...
I figured out that it was probably something to do with opening up ports and such so that Twitch could readily communicate with my Xbox. So I used some networking magic to set up my Xbox as a DMZ host on my network. What this means is that I configured my network to not protect my Xbox from the wild and wooly Internet like it does the rest of my computers. And that did it. I streamed a couple hours of Destiny and the Forza Motorsport 6 Demo earlier tonight and had a bit of fun with it.
Nobody watched ... but that's ok ... I'm just goofing around.
For those that are curious, my Twitch stream ... when I'm streaming ... is at http://twitch.tv/earenn