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Between Twitch.tv and Facebook Live, video streaming services have really come into their own over the last few years, and consumers are beginning to take notice.
No longer beholden to the 'Big Four' TV networks, any Joe Schmo can now host their very own talk show from the comfort of home thanks to streaming technology that has seen some huge leaps in what anyone can be capable of.
All anyone needs these days to host a show is a webcam and a microphone (and an audience), but all three of those are increasingly easier to find thanks to a fractured media that encourages anyone with a good idea to step up to the camera for hosting duties.
If you're looking to do more than just broadcast yourself in front of a sheet at home, there are several video streaming services available that can augment your show.
First off, there's the freebie versions. OBS is a Freeware program that many streamers love to use for their shows. It's cheap, it's free, and it allows you to do a lot of cool stuff with your show. However, if you're looking for a bit more, paid options can offer you a bit more flexibility for you and your guests.
Belive.TV's software allows nascent hosts the ability to split-screen with guests, pre-schedule shows in advance, announce your shows to your Facebook contacts list, and display their comments about your show on screen. Of course, you'll want to stick close to your computer to see those comments.
Smiletime allows you to bring in three guests, plus the host as well as show off photos, gifs, tweets, and comments while you're hosting your show. The app available for Apple devices allow you to broadcast straight from your iPhone, or, if you're still old school, direct from your computer.
So, whether you're the next Johnny Carson, or the next Chevy Chase, you too could be hosting your very own late-night show. If Conan O'Brien has proven anything, it's that anyone can do it.