DavidTheWinIt's not hard to just stream a VOD, I have most of everything I've streamed going back to about season 20. The problem is you need a machine dedicated to just streaming that content because if it's streaming you can't really do anything else with it that would make any noise that would show on the stream and you'd be dedicating around 4mb/s of upload to the task as well as a decent amount of cpu usage that contributes to power bills when it's running 24/7. There's also the issue of stopping the stream when it comes to live casts. Easy enough in a studio but if it's running off some guy's PC in his house and he's not in a position to be able to do it then you're shit out of luck.
Twitch have implemented a feature called playlists (I think it's still in beta) where you can pick a playlist of old twitch vods to play back. Our problem is a lot of these get muted and we'd have to highlight them every time to get the right portion of a cast.
It's a lot of work when you're a bunch of people doing it as a hobby. The best we can get at the moment is automated hosting of other twitch channels to make sure there's always some content at http://twitch.tv/teamfortresstv
Really good points, gonna respond to them.
1. Yes, a dedicated streaming PC is a must, as is the PC being located in a place where there's a lot of upload bandwidth available (anyone here have Google Fiber?) and doesn't mind having high electricity bills. So while this way could happen, it doesn't seem likely. Probably should just wait to see if we can get to the point where TFTV or another casting org can get to the point where there could be a studio to handle all of this (not likely unless comp sees a massive boost after MM).
2. Didn't know about this! This is a really good idea. One way you could get around this is by doing manual replays. If a match is at least decent, it could be edited and manually replayed sometime in the next few days. I'd say later that day or the next day but I don't know how long it would take to edit the VOD. During the off-season, great old matches could be edited and replayed as well. As more and more VODs are replayed, you can build up a playlist of VODs and put it on repeat. VODs not being saved complicates this a little, but as long as it's done ASAP after the initial replay it should be good.
3. This sounds great on paper, but I'm not sure if it's a good idea. A pre-approved list of streamers could work, but then you get the problem of none of those streamers streaming at a certain time. Also, what if they switch to another game?