Do you have a video broadcasting project that you’d like to create as a private event? Maybe you have sensitive content that you’d like to turn into an embedded live video stream? Just curious to learn more about password-protected live streaming with Dacast in general?
Whatever your digital and video security needs, Dacast has got you covered!
In this article, we’ll teach you how to create password-protected live streaming video–in just a few simple steps. Before we get started, let’s take a closer look at why password-protected live streaming is so important, for both broadcasters and viewers. Then we’ll turn to the steps to secure your content in your Dacast account. We’ll wrap things up with a review of video monetization as an alternative to password protection.
What is a Password-Protected Video?
Simply put, password protection places video content behind a required password prompt. With password-protected live streaming, the viewer has to enter a password before accessing this content.
With the Dacast online video platform, this password is generated by broadcasters themselves. That way, you can create a secure password and record of this password in a secure place.
Why Password Protected Live Streaming?
There are a variety of reasons why you might choose to use password-protected live streaming.
Password protection can be crucial in business and other professional contexts. The business industry has increased its video usage at an annual rate of 50% in recent years. Given this trend, it’s important that training material and sales messages remain secure and accessible only by qualified or approved people. Click the following link to read more about the benefits of a live video streaming platform for your business.
Are you an educational institute or a medical facility? Chances are high that you broadcast sensitive material alongside your public material. If that’s the case, password-protected live streaming might be the way to go.
When it comes to broadcasting live video stream, the greatest security risk entails a 3rd party who records and redistributes your content without your permission. The same goes for on-demand video content. Nowadays, many video streaming platforms strive to prevent just this through heightened security on its streaming content. This security ranges from the complex to the mundane, given that content is both streamed and accessed via progressive download methods. That said, it’s important to keep in mind that no security system is foolproof. Even with password-protected live streaming, someone can still film or capture their computer screen to copy content viewed.
However, we do know that password-protected live streaming via your Dacast account can greatly increase the security of your content. Here at Dacast, we are committed to offering high-level security options to our broadcasters. Now let’s take a closer look at how this feature works with your Dacast account.
How to Password Protect Video with Dacast?
Dacast allows you to password protect both live video content and on-demand content. After signing up for a Dacast account, you can initiate this process from the PUBLISH SETTING tab for your content.
When turned ON, a field populates that enables you to enter a password. This is the password your viewers will enter to access your video content.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please make sure that you click the SAVE button in the lower-left corner when you finish this step.
Where to Embed Password Protected Streams?
With Dacast, you can stream live video on your website by embedding password-protected videos–using either the JS or iframe embeds.
You can find these codes in PUBLISH SETTING, under the “Embedded player codes” listed above. You can embed the player in as many locations as desired. From there, the password protection will carry over.
You can also share password-protected live streaming and on-demand content via Twitter. Viewers can then click the tweet for an expanded view. At this point, they need to enter a password before gaining access to your content.
Please note, right now password protected streams DO NOT work on Facebook. We are working to add this as a feature. However, right now we have no current projection for when it might be available.
Password Protection on Playlists and Packages
You can password protect your playlists in the same way as you do with an individual live channel or video. To do this, go to the PUBLISH SETTING tab shown above. First, turn this feature ON and then enter a password. Once you enter the password, the viewer gains access to the playlist. They can then watch whatever content is currently playing.
Please note that this feature does not currently work for packages, unfortunately. If you add content to a package that has a password enabled, the package will ignore the password and allow the content to play.
Have you Googled your video and the password and found it posted on a forum? Password sharing has been a problem since the internet made it easy to distribute these openly.
But not to worry! You can quickly log into your Dacast account and replace the old password with a new one. This will re-secure the content and force any hopeful viewers to gain access via password-protected live streaming and on-demand content.
You can also disable password protection at any time by switching the feature from ON to OFF.
You can do both of these processes in the same way that you created the initial password. They involve going to PUBLISH SETTING for your content.
Video Monetization or Password Protection
By design, content that is monetized over Dacast can not have password protection enabled for it. It doesn’t make sense to charge someone to access your video and then have to enter a separate password that they might not know. This could result in the system blocking a paying viewer from content for which they’ve already paid. You don’t want to open yourself up to viewers seeking refunds. Why not? Refund requests can mean a loss in revenue, as well as a loss of customers, for you.
So remember: content that has subscriptions or Pay Per View by nature cannot have password protection enabled.
Password protection is an added security feature we highly recommend for your broadcasting. Password protected live streaming is increasingly the way to go for broadcasters and viewers alike. At Dacast, we make this feature easy and accessible for all our broadcasters.
Interested in checking out Dacast’s streaming solutions for the first time? You can sign up below for our 30-day free trial (no credit card required) to test out all the features for yourself. We’d love to help you get started with your password-protected live streaming today.
Finally, any questions, comments, or thoughts to share about password-protected live streaming? We’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. For exclusive offers and regular live streaming tips, you can also join our LinkedIn group.
As always—thanks for reading, and good luck with your live streams!
By Elise Furon.