Tool comparison for webinars and webcasts

Not sure which conferencing tool to use for webinars and webcasts? Use the table below to choose a tool based on your needs.

See also:

Care must be exercised to manage and protect privacy during meetings held remotely. Whether you are the host or a participant, take note of these policies for enhancing confidentiality: 

 

Microsoft Stream 

Microsoft Teams Live Events* 

Webex Event

Zoom Webinar

 

Microsoft Stream 

Microsoft Teams Live Events* 

Webex Event

Zoom Webinar

Overview 

A video sharing service for uploading, organizing, and sharing content across the organization.  

With Stream enabled, you can record any Teams meeting or call to capture audio, video and screen sharing activity and save it to Microsoft Stream.

An extension of the meetings function in Microsoft Teams that allows you to live stream content to large audiences. 

A maximum of 10,000 users can attend a Teams Live Event

*Live events will only be available by request for special events.  

Webex Events is a webinar and part of Webex platform that provides audio/video and slide presentation to a large audience

 

1000 active seats  + unlimited webcast

Included in standard Webex host account

Zoom also has webinar function that provides audio/video and slide presentation to a large audience. The zoom webinar may include:

 

  • 500-1000 seats available in Webinars

  • Webinars add-ons are by request only

  • Meetings can be set to function similar to webinars with a limit of 300 seats

Recommended use 

  • Meetings

  • Presentations

  • Training sessions  

  • Recording training sessions 

  • Event broadcasting 

 

  • Webinars

  • Event Broadcasting

 

 

  • Webinars

Support resources 

Visit the Stream Service page and Stream FAQ's 

Please contact the IST Service Desk online or call 519-888-4567 ext. 44357

Please email itms-col@uwaterloo.ca or see IST’s Webex Events Knowledge base articles

See IST's Zoom knowledge base articles

Features 

  • Organize videos by channel 

  • Can be integrated with other O365 apps 

  • Q&A 

  • Screen sharing  

  • Live captions 

  • Downloadable video recording 

  • Teams Live Events must be set up by IST due to a limited number of concurrent streams

  • Only live event producers/presenters are able to share audio/video to prevent audience interruption.

 

  • Instructor’s audio/video

  • Slide Presentation

  • Whiteboard

  • Chat public or private

  • Distributed multimedia link

  • Live caption

  • Mute/unmuted audience microphones/cameras

  • Role assignments

  • Recordings

  • Telephone call in (optional)

  • Polling

  • Q&A

  • Panelists for moderation

  • Registration in advance

  • Post event surveys 

  • Streaming to popular streaming services such as, YouTube, vBrick, IBM, etc.

 

  • Instructor’s audio/video

  • Slide Presentation

  • Whiteboard

  • Chat public or private

  • Live caption

  • Mute/unmuted audience microphones/cameras

  • Recordings

  • Telephone call in (optional)

  • Polling

  • Q&A

  • Panelists for moderation

  • Registration in advance

  • Streaming to popular streaming services such as, YouTube, FB.

 

Supported Operating Systems

Accessed via web browser

  • Windows

  • Mac

  • Linux

  • Can be accessed through a web browser

  • Desktop applications available to Mac and Windows

  • Can be accessed through a web browser

  • Desktop applications available to Mac and Windows