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How to add guest channels to my instant Studio stream
How to add guest channels to my instant Studio stream

Allow your guests to add their channels to your instant streams with Studio.

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Instant Pairs lets you stream to your guests' channels and attract more viewers.


How to use Pairs in Studio for instant streams

  1. Go to Restream Studio and click Invite Guests under your preview window.

  2. Make sure "Guests can add channels to this stream" is toggled on.

  3. Copy the link and share it with your guests.


Requirements

  • To use Pairs, the host needs at least a Standard plan.

  • Guests can pair up to 3 channels for free (including paid ones, like Facebook pages or Custom RTMP channels).

  • For instant Studio streams, guests can pair their channels before or during the live.

    Note: For scheduled events, guests can only pair their channels before the stream starts, not while it's live. You need to follow this setup instead.

  • If your guests don't have a Restream account, they will be asked to enter an email and password to add their channels, but no payment is needed.


FAQ

Will I receive comments from the chat of my guests' channels too?

Yes, chats from your guests’ channels will be marked as “Paired”. Only the chat relay feature will not be supported between host and guest channels.

You will also only be able to respond to comments in your own channels due to the privacy settings and permissions of streaming platforms.

Do my guests have to appear on the stream?

Guests need to enter the Studio environment to connect channels, but they will only be backstage. If they don’t want to participate, they can leave as soon as they are done connecting their platforms.

The host will continue streaming directly to guests' channels, and guests will not be shown on screen unless the host toggles them on. For guests that you want to appear on the stream, you just need to follow the steps for inviting guests to the Studio.

Guests have the option to pair and join the stream on-screen exclusively when utilizing Studio. Streams from encoders solely offer a pairing option.

Why do my guests see a message to come back in a few days to join?

When using Events, guests can pair their channels up to 7 days in advance. If you send them an invite link earlier than that, they will see a prompt to return to the event once it is 7 days away, and then pair their channels.

The flow for inviting guests to scheduled events is different than instant Studio streams. We recommend checking this guide instead.

Are there any limits to the number of paired channels?

For instant Studio streams, there is no limit on the number of paired guests or the number of paired channels for each guest.

Can I unpair guest channels?

Yes. Just click on your Destinations next to the "Go Live" button. Select Guest Channels and toggle off any channels you want to remove.

You can also disable pairing entirely by toggling off the option "Guest can add channels to this stream". If you do this, all channels will be unpaired.

💡 Adding guest channels to your stream can give you up to 3X more views

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