With so many options available it can be difficult to know which platform to choose for your online show. There is no right or wrong answer – it’s about deciding what works best for presenting your show and connecting with your audience.  

To support online Fringe shows in 2021, we’re providing two options: upload your show to Fringe Player, or use an external video / event platform.

This offers security as well as easy “watch anytime” access for edfringe.com ticket buyers. Some venues will also have their own presence on Fringe Player for the artists they are working with to use. 

Find out more about Fringe Player

We want to support artists however they choose to present their work, so we’ve ensured that our digital infrastructure can accommodate any third-party platforms used by shows and venues. Tell us your plans for your online show at the point of show registration. You can provide us with one link per performance which will then be shared with ticket buyers.  

Every platform has terms of use and copyright clauses. Be sure to check these as it’s your responsibility to comply with them. 

Remember, your venue may have a preferred third-party platform, so always check with them early in your decision-making process. Although you will be able to register your online space on Edfringeware, we’d still recommend linking up with an existing Fringe venue as they can add value to your Fringe experience through their offering.  

Best suited to pre-recorded video or audio Best suited to broadcast streaming Best suited to interaction
  • Fringe Player (including via venues included on the platform), directly integrated into edfringe.com
  • Venues' external players, ie hosted on a venue's own website
  • Twitch
  • YouTube Live
  • Facebook live
  • Instagram live
  • Zoom
  • Crowdcast

 

Other platforms:  

If you have specific plans to use a third-party platform, particularly one we haven’t mentioned above, then it is a good idea to get in touch with our Registration team (by emailing [email protected]) early in the process, so we can make sure we’re able to offer as much help as possible, as our services may need to be more bespoke. 

Be sure to test out and play around with any video hosting platform to make sure it’s right for you before you commit. Most services offer free accounts, but these sometimes come with limitations and may have advertising which appears over, or next to, your content.  

YouTube  

  • Pre-recorded and livestreamed videos.  
  • Chat function on livestreams, comment function on pre-recorded.  
  • Donation function on livestreams.  
  • Options to publish publicly or keep unlisted (only those with a link can view – however this link is easily shareable).  
  • Can be embeddable on show listings – a good option if your show is free, non-ticketed.  

Vimeo  

  • Pre-recorded videos.  
  • Max upload 500MB weekly and user limit of 5GB, unless you have a Pro account.  

Twitch  

  • Livestreaming.  
  • Donation function.  
  • Chat function.  

Zoom   

  • Live events.   
  • Length and capacity dependent on account / add-ons. Standard user max 40mins in group call.  
  • Direct access to audience members, virtual meeting room style. 

As with in-person Fringe shows, there are still two types of free shows:  

  • Free, ticketed online event  
    Audiences can book a zero-cost ticket, with a booking fee, when booking through edfringe.com. They will receive information on how to access your show content after they have completed the transaction.  
     
  • Free, non-ticketed online event
    Audiences can watch or access your show directly from your show listing page on edfringe.com. To do this, you need to supply your content as either a website link using the appropriate field during the registration process on Edfringeware, or as an embedded YouTube video (using the ‘YouTube’ field in the registration media content tab). This link can be added later if it’s not ready at the point of registration. 

As with most video players, if the video is full-screened or cast to a TV device then the video itself will be spotlighted and the links and description will only appear when viewed as a full page.
 

Please get in touch with [email protected] if you have any specific questions about the information on this page. A member of our team can set up a 10-minute slot to talk things over with you on the phone or on a video call.

Please note, slots are based on team availability.