How Do I Restrict Access to a Broadcast?

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In some cases, you may want to restrict access to a streamed event. Although the Resi player itself does not support authentication, you can still control who sees your broadcast by configuring your website, application, or social media channel to limit who can see your broadcast.

If you use Resi for both public and restricted events, you should set up a dedicated web channel for your restricted broadcast. Using a shared web channel may result in your broadcast being displayed wherever that web channel is embedded. Learn more about options for embedding your broadcast


Use an Embed Code

You can restrict access to your broadcast by embedding it on a page that is not publicly accessible. To embed a single private event, follow the steps below.

  1. In Studio, navigate to the Schedule page.
  2. Find the event and click it.
  3. In the event details, click the Destinations tab.
  4. Click the share icon next to the web destination set for this event.
  5. Click the copy icon next to the embed code.
  6. Paste the code into your restricted page.

If you want to restrict access to a series of events or videos, you can either:

  • Embed the web channel for your event in your private page (this embed will display the most recent video in that channel)
  • Save or upload the videos to your library, then embed them in your private page.

Use the Standalone Web Player

If you don’t have a private page on which to embed the standard Resi player, you can use the Resi standalone player. This provides a simple playback interface that loads in a browser window. With the Resi standalone player, you can send a direct link to your event to your intended audience. Only those with the link will be able to view the event. 

  1. In Studio, navigate to the Schedule page.
  2. Find the event with a web destination you would like to use and click on it.
  3. In the event details, click the Destinations tab.
  4. Click the share icon next to the web destination set for this event.
  5. Click the copy icon next to the standalone player code block.
  6. Paste the code into your communication to your audience to let them know how they can view your event.

You can also use the standalone player link for a specific web channel. In this case, viewers with whom you share the link will be able to view the most recent video in that channel.


Create an Unlisted YouTube Live Stream

You can share a link to a private or unlisted stream on YouTube. This link only becomes available after your event has begun.

When adding YouTube as a destination for your event, select either Private or Unlisted. The event will still publish to YouTube, but only those with the link will be able to view the event. It will be unfindable via search.(For details about YouTube privacy settings, see their documentation.)

After you’ve scheduled your event, you can log in to your YouTube account, find the URL for your live stream, then send it to your audience. 

For more information about using Resi to stream to YouTube, see How to Stream to YouTube.


Stream Privately Using Facebook

Facebook allows you to select groups who can view your stream. When adding Facebook as a destination for your event, you can select All Friends, Friends of Friends, or Private. (For more about Facebook’s privacy settings, see their documentation.) 

When your event is live, you can log into Facebook, find your stream, and share it with your intended audience.

For more information about using Resi to stream to Facebook, see How to Stream to Facebook.

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