How to Broadcast on the Reddit Public Access Network (PAN)
The Public Access Network (PAN) on Reddit is an extended feature of the community websites commitment to user-created content..
In the week of August 19th, 2019, Reddit began testing a new feature of their website called the Reddit Public Access Network (PAN)- a feature that allows users to create live videos from their accounts, resembling the user-created stories on popular social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook. Perhaps more similar to IGTV, the Reddit Public Access Network is an always-on live stream from the users mobile device, which viewers can screen-swipe to move from one channel to the next. So how do you actually watch the Reddit Public Access Network and start your own broadcast?
How to Watch the Reddit Public Access Network (PAN)
To watch the Reddit Public Access Network, you must first be signed into your existing Reddit account. If you don’t have one, you can sign up here. Once you’re logged in, navigate to the Public Access Network subreddit: r/pan. Join the community by clicking the ‘join’ button on the side, and return to your Reddit home page. NOTE: You can sign up for r/pan and watch the Public Access Network from both desktop and mobile app version of Reddit.
After you sign up for r/pan and return to your home screen, you should see a live streaming video appear at the top of your page that looks like the screenshot below. NOTE: at the time of this article being written, it is unclear if every Reddit user will have this live stream feature appear on their homepage- this is due to the fact that the Reddit Public Access Network is still being tested.
Once you click the video, you will be taken into the Public Access Network through a flashy, retro loading screen that in itself is fun to watch. You’ll then be loaded into the channel you clicked on and the live stream will commence.
In the PAN, you can see the total count of viewers, tap the screen to mute/unmute audio, upvote and downvote on the sides, and swipe left and right to go to other PAN channels. Selecting the chat button below will open an overlay chat box where you can comment in real-time with other Redditors about the video. This is where all the funny stuff goes down.
How to Start a Broadcast on the Reddit Public Access Network (PAN)
To start a broadcast on the Reddit Public Access Network, all you need to do is tap the ‘broadcast’ button on the bottom right of the PAN channel that you’re currently on. At this time, it appears you can only start a broadcast on the PAN from a mobile device.
Once you select to start a broadcast, Reddit will prompt you to allow your camera and micophone access. After you allow, you’ll start up your own channel! Because the Reddit Public Access Network is so new, many users are finding that they are presented with a ‘sorry, broadcasting has limited availability right now’ error message- this is presumably because Reddit can only handle limited broadcasts at one time. Though, the error message also says to ‘try again in a bit’, which alludes to the fact that this feature will be back again soon.
To learn more about the Reddit Public Access Network, head over to the r/pan community and get involved! This is a great feature that could provide value to viewers and creators alike. If the Public Access Network is introduced full time, this could revolutionize the way creators set up their marketing funnels.
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