Applies to: Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft Teams live events are a by-product of Teams meetings that allow you to schedule and produce events that stream to wide online audiences!
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Live event types
There are two avenues in which you can produce a live event:
|Teams||Plug in your laptop and go…|
Produce the live event using Teams, a lightweight option to create the event and invite presenters and panelists to participate on their own devices.
|An external app or device||Professional camera and sound setup|
Produce the live event using an external hardware or software encoder via Microsoft Stream. Use this option if you already have a production setup (for example, media mixers) that supports streaming to an RTMP service. This method is typically used in auditorium events, such as town halls, where a stream from a media mixer is broadcast to the audience.
Event group roles
Large live streaming events typically have several people working behind the scenes—the event group—to make them successful.
|Organiser||Schedules a live event and ensures the event is set up with the right permissions for attendees and the event group, who will manage the event.|
Creates the live event.
Sets attendee permissions.
Selects production method.
Configures event options (for example, the moderated Q&A)
Selects event group members.
Manages reports generated after the event is over.
For more info, see the organiser checklist.
|Producer||As a host, makes sure attendees have a great viewing experience by controlling the live event stream.|
Starts and stops the live event.
Shares own video.
Share participant video.
Shares active desktop or window.
|Presenter||Presents audio, video, or a screen to the live event, or moderates Q&A.|
Note: Presenters can only share audio, video, or a screen (desktop or window) in live events produced in Teams.
|Attendee||A viewer. Watches the event live or on-demand, using DVR controls, either anonymously or authenticated. Can participate in Q&A.|
Who can create live events
To be able to create a live event, a person needs to have the following things. Your IT admin can provide more information.
- A Office 365 Enterprise E1, E3, or E5 license or a Office 365 A3 or A5 license.
- Permission to create live events in Microsoft Teams admin centre.
- Permission to create live events in Microsoft Stream (for events produced using an external broadcasting app or device).
- Full team membership in the org (can’t be a guest or from another org).
- Private meeting scheduling, screensharing, and IP video sharing, turned on in Team meeting policy.
Who can attend live events
If an event is public, anyone with the link can attend skipping the log-in process.
If attendance is restricted to your org or to certain people and groups, attendees must log in to join.
If the event is produced in Teams, they’ll require a licence contains Teams. If it’s created externally, they must acquire one that accompanies Microsoft Stream.
Note: Attendees need to enable third-party cookies in their browsers to watch a live event.
System requirements and supported platforms
- Supported operating systems: Windows 7 and later (32-bit and 64-bit), macOS X 10.10 and later
- Supported mobile operating systems: Android 4.4 and later, iOS 10 and later
- Supported web browsers: Chrome (last 3 versions), Edge RS2 and later, Firefox (last 3 versions), Internet Explorer 11, Safari
Note: Linux isn’t supported for live events.
- Teams and Skype Room Systems and Surface Hubs can only support live event presenters.
- Teams for Windows 10 S can’t support presenters or producers.
After your IT admin grants the Microsoft Teams live events feature for your organisation, you can start using it.
Step 1. Schedule a live event
Step 2. Invite attendees
Step 3. Produce your live event
Step 3a. Present in your live event
Step 4. Manage the recording and reports