Experience with hosting (live streaming) a private video and/or audio conference?

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Bill Nixon on Mar 20, 2020 • 6 answer
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We are looking to host (live stream) a video and/or audio conference for over 1,000 attendees. Does anyone have experience using a service to do this? We currently use Zoom and happy with it, but the Webinar is limited to 500 attendees based on our plan, and we have been unable to get in contact with Zoom to see about increasing our plan.

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We have used Livestream for "all company" broadcasts and it worked fantastic.

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Eric Herbert on Mar 20, 2020
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Bill, do you already use O365 and MS Teams? As long as the live stream is broadcast only, meaning the attendees can only watch and use the chat feature, the service says it can handle up to 10,000 attendees. We're thinking of using it for a large meeting coming up as I can't get in touch with Zoom either.

The only downside... it's a public URL that can be shared (though it does have options to only allow people within your org to attend, assuming you're all in on O365.)

Edit 4/2/20: We went ahead and purchased a month of Zoom's Webinar plan and held 2 very successful shareholder meetings (500+ attendees). The product worked very well for us.

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Eric Wagner on Mar 20, 2020
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I used LiveStream in a previous life and also found it work fine. The big questions today with the current world crisis is how these video and online meeting services are performing. I recently read that Youtube is reducing their QOS due to overwhelming demand. Similarly, the carriers are dealing with peak demands for wireless and online services. Might be worthwhile to temper expectations when you go to use these services for your company meetings. Other wise they just blame the IT Department ..Haha.

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Dave Robinson on Mar 20, 2020
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Hi Bill - Zoom is highly effective.

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Brian Watson on Mar 20, 2020
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Thanks for the responses so far.

We do have O365/Teams, so will look into that, along with LiveStream.

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Bill Nixon on Mar 20, 2020
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Funny you ask Bill. We just completed two very complex webinars today. The first one had around 2,600 participants (2,500 in audio broadcast and about 100 that had the ability to speak) for about 2.5 hours and the second one was about 500 people (450 in audio broadcast and about 50 that had the ability to speak) for 4 hours. We used Webex Events. It worked well, takes a lot to get the meeting setup right but it went well. Feel free to reach out to me and discuss if you'd like.

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Scott Morris on Mar 20, 2020
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