UPDATE 1 FEBRUARY 2017 – Huzza is acquired by Kickstarter and will cease operations on 1 March 2017. Read about this change and six learnings for live streamers.
If you are considering using Huzza for live streaming,here is a resource you will be interested in checking out.
I have written a guide to how to get started using Huzza for live streaming which you can read here.
The co-hosts of the live stream platform, Justin Womersley and Nick Smit, hosted a live stream today to introduce the platform to new users. This is the first time they have done such an event but they promise it will be come a regular feature. You can watch the replay here.
They provided some context about the origins of the app and how it was initially aimed at musicians. They are now looking to expand the use of the app to creators and professionals who want to connect with an audience they already have. So unlike platforms such as Blab it is not a live stream platform to use if you are looking for an audience to discover you as you will need to drive people to your event.
This of course has some advantages including the fact that you will eliminate the people who pop in and out of your live stream for just a few seconds, and reduce the number of trolls.
They commented that taking this approach means that you should be able to engage to a higher quality audience.
They also stated that Huzza is a platform where you can access insights – and that is certainly evident even at this stage with the access to analytics after you have finished live streaming. Nick and Justin took the time to talk through their need to monetise the app to ensure it is viable in the future – and this was recognised and respected by the people watching the live event.
One of the things that is different about Huzza that I have not previously mentioned is the fact that on desk top the live stream fills your screen. They commented that this was deliberate to give viewers an immersive experience.
During the live stream they demonstrated features such as the shop tab, discussed the integration with Patreon and talked about some features they are working on such as clickable links in the comments.
One point to note if you plan to use Huzza to live stream with the RTMP feature – you will not be able to invite guests through the platform – so you would need to do that with your third part live stream tool.
Another feature they are working on at the moment is live streaming from mobile on both iOS and desktop.
Huzza To Launch A New Subscription Level For Multi Person Live Streams
They went on to engage with the questions that had been asked by viewers adnalso announced that next week they will be launching a new level of subscription for those live streamers that want to have multiple guests and are not ready to invest in the Creator plan that is currently US$39 a month.
The new plan will not include the ability to embed the live stream on your site and it is unclear what other features will be excluded – but the pricing will be $15 a month. And for the first week of the launch you will be able to access a special price of $9 a month using the code HUZZAMEUP.
So if you are interested in using Huzza.io for live streaming make sure that you head over to the site to register as a producer and you will receive an email notification.
Huzza offers a lot of interesting features – the question for you however is to decide if this is a better platform for you to use for multiperson live streams versus platforms such as YouTube Live, Google Hangouts on Air, Blab or other live stream and webinar platforms.
If you are not sure where to get started when live streaming you can schedule a meeting with me here for a free consultation.