Live shows of any sort are currently on hold thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bands have since taken to streaming performance both at empty venues and from their own homes. Now Facebook is taking things one step further and allowing live streamers to charge for attendance.
According to the site's Newsroom, the option to charge attendees will be available in the coming weeks.
You’ll be able to mark Facebook Events as online only and, in the coming weeks, integrate Facebook Live so you can broadcast to your guests. To support creators and small businesses, we plan to add the ability for Pages to charge for access to events with Live videos on Facebook – anything from online performances to classes to professional conferences.
Facebook will also give folks with not-so-great Internet connection the option to stream videos as audio only.
We’re making it easier to access live video so you can watch or listen anywhere. If you have limited data or a spotty connection, you now have the option to listen to the audio only. If you don’t have a Facebook account, most public live videos are now available on the web and some Pages can share a toll-free number that lets you listen to the audio through any telephone.