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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
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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When you start using Live Channels to stream your live events, you benefit from the following features.
|**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
There are three phases between creating an Instant Live Channel and streaming your live event. Each phase is briefly mentioned in the following table.
|**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>|