Use Multistream to stream several streams at once

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 16, 2014
Music and Video

If you like to play League of Legends, Dota 2, Starcraft 2 or any other competitive multiplayer game, you may know the game streaming service were casual and "pro" games get streamed all day long.

You can browse the various games when you are on the site, and tune in to one live stream at a time per browser window.

If you want to watch multiple streams at once, you have the option to open a second, third and so forth browser window to do so, but that is not too comfortable.

MultiStream by KBMOD solves that. It is a web service that you can use to display several streams in a single browser window.

You can head over to the site right away to paste stream urls or IDs into the form on the site. A layout selector is displayed to you as soon as you add the first stream to the service.

The selector is modified automatically whenever you add or remove streams from the page. As far as layout choices are concerned, you can select layouts that include chat and layouts that hide the chat window.

The maximum number of streams that you can add to the service is six, which means that you can watch a total of six streams side by side in a single browser window.

That is of course, if your connection is fast enough to support this.

Chrome users can download and install the Twitch Multistream extension which makes things comfortable. All you have to do now is open all streams that you want to watch in different browser tabs and click on the extension icon afterwards.

All open streams are displayed, and all that is left to do is select the open multistream option from the context menu to start watching all streams in a single browser tab in Chrome.

You can enable or disable sound or chat for each stream individually using on-screen controls or menu items located at the bottom of the screen.

Other options that you have include launching a stream in full screen mode, or to change the quality of select streams.

The one thing that seems to be missing is an option to load different streams or close one of the streams that you have open.

Closing Words

Multi-streaming reminds me a lot of poker players who play several tables at the same time. It is certainly not for everyone, but if you watch multiple streams at times, or have not done so because you could not figure out how to do it, then you may find the service useful for that.


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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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