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The Different Ways To Access Livestream Studio

There are a variety of ways to gain full access to Livestream Studio:


Purchase a Livestream or Vimeo Premium Subscription


Unlimited access to two (2) licenses of Livestream Studio is available with any Livestream platform subscription or a Vimeo Premium subscription. Download Livestream Studio and launch the software.


Create an account on your preferred provider by clicking the respective link next to "Sign up for..."

Learn more about what each Livestream plan offers. Click here to learn about Vimeo Premium.

Choose your plan and enter your payment information. Once you are done, you will see a window indicating a plan has been purchased.


You may then log into Studio using your account credentials. Livestream Studio will indicate that your full access has been unlocked.

You must be connected to the internet and logged in to your subscribed account on Livestream Studio in order to access the software.


One-Time Purchase: Software Dongle


Livestream Studio requires an internet connection in order to run when using it as part of a subscription (described above). If you intend to use it offline or would prefer to not make recurring payments, you can purchase full access to the software via USB dongle with a one-time payment of $799.


The software dongle is currently only supported on Windows systems; it is not compatible with Mac systems.

When you launch Studio, you will see a screen with various purchase options. Select Buy Studio on the left side.


Your web browser will open and direct you to the Livestream Store. Livestream Studio will be placed in your cart. Select Check Out to proceed with the order.  

This one-time purchase of Studio includes a physical USB dongle that must stay connected to your computer in order to unlock access to Livestream Studio while using the software. This is why you will need to select a shipping method and enter shipping information along with your billing information.


Once you have completed the order, Livestream will process and ship the Livestream Studio dongle to your shipping address.

This dongle does not include access to stream to the Livestream Platform. If you wish to use Livestream as your streaming destination, you will need to purchase a Livestream subscription.

It's best to plug the dongle into a USB 2.0 port (black), not a USB 3.0 port (blue). Learn more about using the USB dongle.


One-Time Purchase: Hardware


If your computer does not meet our recommended specifications or you do not feel comfortable building a custom machine, we offer hardware options that include full access to Livestream Studio and Blackmagic Design capture devices pre-installed. This option, like the software dongle, also allows for offline use. Learn more our available models:

Studio hardware units do not include access to stream to the Livestream Platform. If you wish to use Livestream as your streaming destination, you will need to purchase a Livestream subscription.


All features available with Studio, such as streaming to other providers, SDI/HDMI/NDI outputs, 10 remote cameras, etc. are available with all of these options.

The differences between these options are:

  • Ability to Stream to the Livestream Platform
    • While the dongle and hardware solutions give you the ability to stream to various providers, a Livestream subscription is required in order to stream to the Livestream Platform.
  • Number of Licenses:
    • Subscription access to Studio grants you access to two Studio licenses, allowing you to run Studio on two different computers using the same login.
    • Both one-time purchase options offer one Studio license per unit. 
  • Offline Availability:
    • Purchasing Studio via a subscription requires having an internet connection at all times.
    • Both one-time purchase options allow you to access Studio without an internet connection (although streaming will still require an internet connection).
  • Phone Support: 
    • Customers that purchase a subscription that includes phone support will have a PIN for the length of their subscription.
      • Please note that phone support is not available with all plans.
    • Customers who make a one-time purchase get one (1) year of phone support. After one year, you can contact customer care via email or extend phone support access.
  • Payment
    • Subscriptions are available on a monthly or yearly basis. If you plan to use Studio for a limited time, or you plan to use Studio with the Livestream platform, this is a more cost-effective option for you. Learn about our subscription options here.
    • When you purchase the dongle or a hardware unit, you have Studio access for life. If you intend to use Studio for the long-term with a provider other than Livestream, this is the most cost-efficient option for you. Visit our store to see all one-time purchase options.

As an additional note, customers who already made a one-time Studio purchase and have a subscription have access to up to three separate Studio licenses and thus have the ability to run Studio on three different machines if desired.

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