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I need to set up a computer to put video on several screens at the same time (for charity related stuff). To save as many resources as I can from the original computer (which is getting old), I have two questions:

  • Is it necessary to use a GUI to stream video from a Linux machine?
  • And, if isn't, how do you automate video streaming without a GUI (in Linux)?

I think the screens are gonna be connected to a computer, and playing the stream via YouTube, but is there a way to avoid using a GUI for all of this?

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Do you mean the screens are all connected to a single machine running linux? vlc, mplayer and mpv can all play a youtube url directly from the command line. –  Paul Apr 25 at 22:45
    
Please edit and clarify your question. If the screens are physically attached to the computer, you don't need any kind of "streaming". How did youtube get into this, are you going to play local files or youtube videos? Is your question "How can I play youtube videos without a GUI"? –  terdon Apr 26 at 11:15

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