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After [creating an Instant Live Channel](πŸ”—ο»Ώ) and [configuring your encoder settings](πŸ”—ο»Ώ), you can embed and broadcast your live event stream. The following sections explain how to complete these tasks for both an automatic publish and manual publish Instant Live Channel.

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If you are a developer or have developer resources, you can use the Platform Management API to [set up and broadcast a live stream event](πŸ”—ο»Ώ) with either an automatic publish or manual publish Instant Live Channel.

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## Embed and broadcast an event

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A published live event recording using the same media ID as its live event is streamed at **Live Usage minutes rates**.

If you plan to publish the recording of a live event for mass distribution, we **_strongly recommend_** using the event’s VOD asset in your JW media library. Live2VOD full-video clips are charged at live streaming rates until the VOD media is re-processed and imported to your media library. Once processed, full-video clips are charged at **VOD streaming rates**. Refer to your contract for rate terms.

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### Automatic Publish

If you chose the **Automatic Publish** setting during the channel creation, your live event will start streaming to your viewers once you have started your encoder.

Use the following steps to embed and broadcast your live event stream:

  1. From the [**Instant Live Channels**](πŸ”—ο»Ώ) page, click the name of the Instant Live Channel.

  2. Under the preview panel, click **Embed**. The **Embed** panel appears.

  3. From the **Select Player** dropdown menu, select a player.

  4. From the **Select Type** dropdown menu, choose the type of embed:

    • **Embed Active Event**: Immediate replay is made available after the event ends

    • **Embed Channel**: Player automatically transitions between the Live Channel idle and active states

  5. Copy the **Embed Code**.

  6. Click **Close**.

  7. In the location on your page where the live event stream should appear, paste the embed code. You can also embed an active live event stream in a Facebook or YouTube social media post.

  8. Start your encoder. The live event begins streaming to your viewers.

  9. When the event has ended, stop your encoder.

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After the live event stream has been processed, it appears under **Previous Events** on the Instant Live channel details page and in the list of media in your JWP Media Library.

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### Manual Publish

If you chose the **Manual Publish** setting during the channel creation, you have the ability to preview the live event stream before streaming to your viewers.

Use the following video and steps to embed, preview, and broadcast your live event stream.

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  1. From the [**Instant Live Channels**](πŸ”—ο»Ώ) page, click the name of the Instant Live Channel.

  2. Under the preview panel, click **Embed**. The **Embed** panel appears.

  3. From the **Select Player** dropdown menu, select a player.

  4. From the **Select Type** dropdown menu, choose the type of embed:

    • **Embed Channel**: (Recommended) Player automatically transitions between the Live Channel idle and active states

    • **Embed Active Event**: Immediate replay is made available after the event ends

  5. Copy the **Embed Code**.

  6. Click **Close**.

  7. In the location on your page where the live event stream should appear, paste the embed code. You can also embed an active live event stream in a Facebook or YouTube social media post.

  8. Start your encoder. A preview of your live event stream appears only in your JWP dashboard for you to review.

  9. Click **Go Live** to stream the live event to your viewers.

  10. When the event has ended, stop your encoder.

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After the live event stream has been processed, it appears under **Previous Events** on the Instant Live channel details page and in the list of media in your JWP Media Library.

To start another live event stream on the same Instant Live channel, follow steps 8-10 in the steps above.

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Once you have started your live event stream, you can add metadata that will be added to the video that is created after your event ends. Under **Previous Events**, click the first listed item. When the video details page appears, you can edit any of the [metadata fields](πŸ”—ο»Ώ).

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## Manage the availability of a channel

If you do not have easy access to turn your encoder on and off, you can control the live event stream by managing the channel availability.

A channel can have two availability states:

  • **Enabled**: In this state, your encoder can connect and start events.

  • **Disabled**: In this state, your encoder can neither connect to the service nor incur any transcoding minute costs.

When a channel is created, it is enabled by default.

Use the following steps to manage the availability of a channel from your JWP dashboard:

  1. From the [**Instant Live Channels**](πŸ”—ο»Ώ) pag, click the name of the Instant Live channel. The channel details page appears.

  2. Under the preview panel, click the **Disable Channel** or **Enable Channel** button.

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    When disabling a channel, the **Disable Channel** popup window appears. Disabling an active channel will stop the current event.

  3. (Disable only) Click **Confirm**.

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## FAQs

<details><summary><strong>How do I stop a stream after a live event has ended?</strong></summary>

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Stop the stream from your encoder.

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<details><summary><strong>At which rate are replays of a Live Channels event stream billed?</strong></summary>

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When you have ended a Live Channels event stream, JW Player imports the video of the event stream into your account and transcodes the imported video. (The imported video retains the same media ID as the Live Channels event stream media ID.) The state of the transcoding and importing processes determines the rate at which you are charged:

  • If a viewer replays the video during the importing and transcoding processes, you are billed at Live Usage minute rates.

  • If the viewer replays the video after the importing and transcoding processes have completed, you are billed at VOD Streaming rates.

To reduce your streaming costs, we suggest you create a [Media Available Zap](πŸ”—ο»Ώ) or a [webhook](πŸ”—ο»Ώ) to notify you when the importing and transcoding processes have completed.

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