Zoom Event Options

Zoom Meetings, Zoom Webinars and Live Streaming provide comparable features, but there are some differences to consider when deciding which best meets your need. This article will provide a feature comparison and scenarios to help you decide which option is best for your event.

To request a Zoom Webinar please visit our Video Conferencing service page, click on the Request Webinar button, then complete and submit the Video Conferencing form for review.

Comparing Zoom Meetings, Webinars and Live Streaming

When choosing a platform for your event, you'll want to start by considering the experience you want to provide for your participants.

  • Meetings are more interactive and provide different ways for participants to engage.
  • Webinars provide the host the opportunity to have full control over presenting to a very large group with full permissions to manage the webinar, panelists, and attendees.
  • Live Streaming when you expect more attendees than your Zoom Meeting or Webinar allows, and you don’t require interactive features or control over the chat feature.

Review the guidance below to help you decide what Zoom platform best meets your need. As part of our enterprise license, we currently offer a webinar license for up to 500 attendees. 


Zoom Meetings 

Zoom Webinars

Live Streaming 

Amount of Participants 300 Up to 500 (license required, see above) Unlimited
Content Sharing All Participants Host, Co-host, and Panelists Only Host, Co-host, and Panelists Only 
Audio & Video  All Participants Host, Co-host, and Panelist Only  Host, Co-host, and Panelist Only
Chat  All Participants (disable chat option) Host, Co-host, and Panelists (disable chat option) All Participants
Polling Available  Available Not Available
Breakout Rooms Available  Not available Not Available
Q&A  Not available  Available  Not Available 
Live Stream  Available Available  Available
Registration Available Registration or Registration-less Not Required
Participants List All participants Hosts and Panelists YouTube signed-in users 
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