A Gateway (formerly known as a Broadcaster) on the Livepeer network is a node that is using the network for video streaming or generative AI inference. Running a gateway is simple, and it exposes an API that allows you to build your video application on top of Livepeer. Under the hood, gateways are responsible for routing transcoding or AI inference tasks to the appropriate Orchestrator nodes for processing. By running the go-livepeer client, individuals can join the Livepeer network as Gateways.

Check out the Livepeer primer to learn more about the Livepeer network.


Gateways do not need to stake LPT to participate in the network. They only require enough ETH to cover the cost of transcoding and AI inference jobs. Unlike Orchestrators, Gateways do not need a GPU to participate. Any machine with a decent CPU and sufficient bandwidth can operate as a Gateway.

Gateways are essential components of the Livepeer ecosystem, serving as the bridge between the Orchestrators performing the work and the clients requesting the work. Many entities may run gateway nodes and make them available to others as a hosted service. They often provide additional services such as content delivery networks (CDNs) and base currency subscriptions, ensuring that jobs are delivered swiftly to the right client and that clients don’t need to set up crypto wallets themselves.