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What's the difference between Classic, Webcast and Simulated Live webinars?

GoToWebinar offers multiple types of webinars to suit your needs, each of which offers different join experiences for attendees. Each time you schedule a webinar, you'll be able to choose which mode you want to use.

The features that are available on your account may vary depending on your subscription plan.

About webinar types

Classic webinars are fully interactive events that are hosted live by the organizer.

  • These webinars can be set for a specific time and date, or they can be launched "on the fly" using the Webinar Now feature.
  • Attendees can join these webinars with any device (either with the desktop software, their web browser or a mobile app).

Webcast webinars are also fully interactive events that are hosted live by the organizer. Learn more.

  • These webinars must be scheduled ahead of time for a specific time and date.
  • Attendees will join instantly using a web browser-based experience that doesn't require any software download.

Simulated Live webinars are semi-interactive, pre-recorded events that start automatically and run on their own, so organizers do not need to be present to host the webinar. Learn more.

  • These webinars can be scheduled to start themselves at a specific time and date, or they can be made as "on demand" webinars that can be watched at any time.
  • Organizers can pre-record the event, then select the recording they want to play back in a "simulated live" session.
  • Attendees will join instantly using a web browser-based experience that doesn't require any software download.

Feature comparison chart

Note that all of the following types offer the basic GoToWebinar features, including polls, surveys and handouts!

Classic
 
Webcast
Simulated Live (Beta)
Facilitated live by an organizer
Facilitated live by an organizer
Pre-recorded and launched automatically
Join from desktop, browser or mobile apps
Join from browser app or mobile apps
Join from browser app or mobile apps
Live Q&A
 
Live Q&A
 
Q&A sent to organizer after the session
 
Attendees can be unmuted
Attendees cannot be unmuted
 
Attendees cannot be unmuted
 
Promote attendees to staff
Attendees cannot be promoted to staff
Attendees cannot be promoted to staff
No change to max attendees
Extra 1,000 attendees for Plus plans
Registration limit is max attendee capacity

 

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Simulated Live Webinars

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