We're back! We keep checking in with the features and trends Microsoft's Teams Live Events offers. Since we last took a peek in August of 2021, a new influx of goodies has been rolled out.
We support Teams Live Events with our professional event management services, so our Event Producers work with it regularly and are on top of the latest and greatest functionalities added. So, here are 2022's 17 updated Teams Live Events quick facts.
In case Teams Live Event is new to you, here's a quick overview:
- Teams Live Event is a feature of Microsoft Teams that broadcasts video and content to large online audiences.
- Teams Live Events are meant for one-to-many communications, where a host is leading, and attendees are viewing the host's content.
- Features include recording management, captions in multiple languages, optional Q&A, and an Attendee Engagement Report.
- Teams Live Events are similar to television or radio broadcasts, where Teams Meetings are best suited for collaboration, screen sharing, and interaction.
- The Teams Live Event feature is a great option for events such as product launches, conferences, and other types of large, virtual, or hybrid events.
What's New For 2022
- Restart Live Event - Producers can now restart a live broadcast if the event is ended due to an error or accidentally stopped.
- Separate Window Producer Experience - Producers can now produce a Teams Live Event in a separate window, allowing for more effective event management.
- Anonymous Presenters (no MSA or AAD identity) - Organizers will now be able to schedule an anonymous presenter for a Teams Live Event when using the Teams desktop app.
- Certified 3rd party eCDN Partners - Microsoft now partners with eCDN providers Hive, Kollective, Ramp, Riverbed, and Peer5.
- Microsoft extended their capacity limit deadline! The current limits of up to 20,000 people can join a Teams Live Event, up to 50 events can be hosted simultaneously across a tenant, and the Teams Live Event duration of 16 hours per broadcast has been extended through June 30, 2022.
- Expanded Languages - Captions are now available in 27 languages.
Producing a Teams Live Event - What's the Same?
- Teams Live Events can be produced via Teams, with Presenters sharing content from their webcams and screens, or with an external encoder app or device.
- Production using an external hardware or software encoder via Microsoft Stream is best if you already have a production setup that supports streaming to an RTMP service. This is great for larger, choreographed "auditorium-style” events. (Think: flashy keynote speaker.)
- Event recordings are hosted on Teams Live Events for up to 180 days, after which they will be deleted. (Tip: EventBuilder will host your Teams Live Event recording for as long as your account is active with us.)
- Event Roles - Organizers schedule the event and make sure permissions are set up correctly for attendees and event groups. Producers act as hosts, managing the attendee viewing experience and controlling the live event stream. Organizers are automatically assigned as Presenters. Presenters are your stars—they're the ones presenting audio, video, and/or their screen to the event, as well as moderating the Q&A. Teams Live Events can have multiple Presenters to present and/or assist with moderation. Attendees are your viewers—they watch the event live or on-demand (if enabled) and can participate in Q&A via chat function.
- There are specific license and permissions requirements. Check out Microsoft's Teams Live Events support page for more information.
- Audience engagement is achieved through a moderated Q&A during the live event.
- Integrated security options aren't available for publicly offered Teams Live Events, something to keep in mind when planning.
Want to Know More About Teams Live Events?
Take a look at these posts about Microsoft Teams Live Events broadcast meetings:
Microsoft Teams, Teams Live Events, or EventBuilder Streaming? - A quick take on how to choose the best fit for your event.
Microsoft Teams Live Events: Understand the User Experience - Here we cover what your attendees see and experience when participating in a Teams Live Event, including how to log in on the web, event controls, and potential attendee pitfalls.
Using EventBuilder with Teams Live Events - A step-by-step tutorial on using our software for your Teams Live Events, including setup, security, hosting/recording options, and more. EventBuilder software works seamlessly with both Teams and Teams Live Event to enhance their functionality.
All About Event Security - EventBuilder offers a variety of security options and add-ons that are compatible with Teams Live Events. Learn more about what we can offer.
Where Does EventBuilder Fit In?
Not only does our software integrate with Teams Live Events, but we also offer professional event management services! Dedicated Event Producers can support your Teams Live Events with program, technology, and event management, as well as training for your presenters and live-event attendee assistance. Contact us for a consultation today!