New From Livestream: Grow Viewer Engagement With Guest Chat

Our new guest chat feature for Premium and Enterprise customers makes it easier for your audience to join the conversation. Now anyone watching your live event can join the chat without creating a Livestream account. Instead of navigating away from the player to sign up for an account, viewers will stay tuned to your content and won’t miss a thing.

The ability for your viewers to chat without requiring a Livestream account is now available on the Livestream website and the live player embed. Our new release includes support for white-labeled events as well, providing viewers with a fully unbranded in-player chat experience.

Here’s how it works:

Enable guest chat on an event-by-event basis by navigating to your event settings and ticking the “Enable live chat” and “Enable guest chat” boxes.

When your event is live, viewers can choose to hide or display the chat sidebar. If they want to interact, they’ll have two options: to sign up for a Livestream account, or join as a “guest.”

When a viewer selects “guest,” they’ll be prompted to enter their name within the chat window. After that, they’re ready to join the conversation. You can moderate the chat by deleting individual comments or blocking users.

Previously chat has been unavailable on white-labeled embedded players since it requires a Livestream account to participate. You can now enable guest chat on white-labeled events for an unbranded chat experience.

We’re always introducing new features that improve the live event experience for our customers and their audiences. Our guest chat feature makes it easier for anyone to engage with your content and connect with other viewers. For more information about how to activate guest chat, read our help center article.

This Week on Livestream | February 12, 2018

Watch live as Carolina Herrera reveals her Fall 2018 collection, Roxane Gay visits the Hammer Museum, The Greene Space discusses climate change, and Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates Valentine’s Day.


Fall 2018 #HERRERALIVE | Carolina Herrera
Monday, February 12
8 PM ET
“With almost four decades in fashion under her belt, the iconic Carolina Herrera will step down as creative director of her brand following tonight’s reveal at New York Fashion Week. Watch the Fall 2018 collection on Livestream and carolinaherrera.com.”

Some Favorite Writers: Roxane Gay | Hammer Museum
Monday, February 12
10:30 PM ET
“One of today’s most astute cultural critics, Roxane Gay is the author of New York Times best-seller Bad Feminist, the novel An Untamed State, and the short story collections Difficult Women and Ayiti. Raw and beautifully written, Gay’s most recent book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, is a remarkable work about pain, healing, strength, and coming to terms with oneself and one’s body.”

Citizen Now: Climate Change | The Greene Space
Tuesday, February 13
7 PM ET
“2017 was the second-hottest year on record. The impact of climate change – from rising sea levels to rising food scarcity – continues to grow. Join The Greene Space as they hear from social entrepreneurs about how they’re working to make clean energy accessible and affordable to communities everywhere, create a workforce of sustainable ocean farmers, and mitigate the rising effects of climate change.”

Tayari Jones | An American Marriage with Stephanie Powell Watts | Author Events
Tuesday, February 13
7:30 PM ET
“Focusing mostly on the urban South, Tayari Jones‘s four novels include Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta. Her new novel follows a husband and wife who seem to embody the new South but are unmoored by false accusation and imprisonment.”

Valentine’s Day: Songs We Love featuring Vuyo Sotashe and Brianna Thomas | Jazz at Lincoln Center
Wednesday, February 14
7:30 PM ET
“Joining Brianna Thomas this year is fellow vocalist Vuyo Sotashe, a recent second-place winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition, a rising star in New York City, and an in-demand special guest at Jazz at Lincoln Center.”

TAKING FLIGHT | National Geographic
Thursday, February 15
2 PM ET
“National Geographic discusses Bird Migration and Conservation Across Hemispheres.”