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Through Instant Live, you have the ability to broadcast live events to your audience:

  • Supporting 12-hour event streams

  • Enabling seamless workflows with hands-off publishing

  • Providing live event streams that instantly convert to video replay after broadcasting has finished

  • Streaming live events to your web players, mobile apps, OTT apps, and social media platforms

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Depending on the status of the video <!-- https://support.jwplayer.com/faqs/at-which-rate-are-replays-of-a-live-channels-event-stream-billed --> of your Live Channels event stream, replays of your event stream can be billed at **Live Usage minute rates** or **VOD Streaming rates**.

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## Features

When you start using Live Channels to stream your live events, you benefit from the following features.

FEATUREDESCRIPTION
**Maximum per event duration**12 hours
**Live stream initiation**When your live stream encoder sends data to RTMP stream URL provided by JWP, JWP does the following: <ul><li>Starts the live stream event</li><li>Automatically creates a JW Video asset for playback</li></ul>
**Content replay availability**<ul><li>**DVR-enabled channels**: Immediately after the event</li><li>**Standard channels**: 1-2 minutes after the event</li></ul>
**Streaming settings**<ul><li>Title</li><li>Description</li><li>Simulcasting functionality</li><li>DVR enablement</li><li>Geoblocking</li><li>Latency management</li></ul>
**Publishing options**<ul><li>Cloud-hosted player embeds</li><li>RTMP simulcast to Social sites</li><li>Direct HLS (.m3u8 file) access for self-hosted players, mobile SDKs</li><li>Playlist embeds for OTT Apps</li></ul>

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## Three phases of setup

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There are three phases between creating an Instant Live Channel and streaming your live event. Each phase is briefly mentioned in the following table.

PHASEDESCRIPTION
**Create a Live Channel**<ul><li>A Live Channel is a grouping of live event streaming settings. For each encoder you use, a Live Channel must be created.</li><li>Unless you replace an encoder or increase the number of encoders, you only need to create a Live Channel once for each encoder.</li><li>After a Live Channel is created, starting the event in your encoder will initiate the live event stream. You can only have a single stream per Live Channel.</li></ul>
**Configure your encoder settings**The encoding settings we recommend enable you to provide a quality live event stream for your audience. The settings cover the following areas: <ul><li>Basic settings</li><li>Video resolution and bit rate</li><li>Recommended advanced settings</li><li>Adding the Stream URL and Stream Key to your encoder</li></ul>
**Broadcast a live event stream**<ul><li>Start the stream from your encoder.</li><li>Add the live event stream embed code to your page.</li></ul>

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