Insight on Permissions of Microsoft Stream

 Office 365, Office 365 Video, Stream, Perumal
Aug 25 2016

In Office 365 Video, videos are managed in a professional and centralized way, such as an IT admin will control and manage the channel permission from Office 365 Video portal. But in Stream, Microsoft has broken the shackles from closed network to social platform with improved security, such as owner of the channel or video has full control on his/her channel or video. In this blog, we will compare permissions of Microsoft Stream with Office 365 Video and dive deep in to Microsoft Stream permissions.

In Stream, Channel permission depicts who can contribute videos to the channel and does not interfere with the individual Video’s permission inside the channel. Each Video in Channel, has its own permission. In Stream, the permissions are granular and it binds with the individual Video in Channel.

Note: Currently Microsoft Stream is in preview. The Stream team actively receiving feedback from users and Microsoft will provide more IT controls in future. You can submit or vote for existing ideas here.

Comparison on Permissions of Microsoft Stream Vs Office 365 Video

S.No Insight on Permission Microsoft Stream (Preview) Office 365 Video
1. Permission Approach Granular - Owner of a channel or video assigns permission Centralized - IT admin assigns permission
2. Permission Scope Both channel and video Only channel
3. Channel Permission Owner, Contributor Owner, Editor, Viewer
4. Video Permission
Owner, Viewer
NOTE - Video permissions are unique and does not depend on channel permission
Owner, Editor, Viewer (inherited from its channel (container))
5. Channel owner Single user (user who created channel) Multiple users
6. Video owner Single user (user who uploaded video) Multiple users (inherited from its channel (container))

Insight on Stream Video Permission

Video is the top level permission of the Stream because only user with valid permission can view the video. For example, if a user has permission for channel, but don’t have permission for video, in that condition user will not be able to view the video.

Who can add the video?

Everyone in the organization can add the video in the permitted channel.

Who can Delete the video?

Only owner of the video can delete the video.

Stream Video - Permission Types:

1. My Org

This is the default scenario. In this scenario, anyone in your organization can view and share your videos.

2. Custom

In this scenario, only selected user can view and share the videos.

3. Only me

In this scenario, only owner can view videos.

Stream Video Permission Table

Permission Type Video Owner Viewer
My Org
  1. 1. Add to watchlist,
  2. 2. Add to channel,
  3. 3. Edit video,
  4. 4. Share video,
  5. 5. Delete video
  1. 1. Add to watchlist
  2. 2. Add to channel (if Channel Contributor)
  3. 3. Share video


Custom
  1. 1. Add to watchlist,
  2. 2. Edit video,
  3. 3. Share video,
  4. 4. Delete video
  1. 1. Add to watchlist
  2. 2. Share video


Only me
  1. 1. Add to watchlist,
  2. 2. Edit video,
  3. 3. Delete video
-N/A-

Note:
Edit video actions for Video owner - title, description, permission settings, thumbnail, captions

Effect on Permission Type Change

Custom, Only me My Org

Video owner and viewer can add video to permitted channel lists.

My Org Custom

Can’t add video to channel list and existing channel list not removed.

only me Custom

Can’t add video to channel list

My Org, Custom Only me

Can’t add video to channel lists and existing channel lists for the video are removed.

Insight on Stream Channel Permission

Channel is the second Level of permission in the office 365 Stream because it does not control who can view the video, so everyone in the organization can view/play the video in any channel, but channel permission can control only channel setting, that is Add video to channel and Edit channel (name, description, privacy settings, channel cover image).

Who can add the Channel?

Everyone in the organization can add the Channel

Who can Delete the Channel?

Only owner of the channel can delete the channel.

Channel – Permission Type
In Stream, when you create a channel, you can allow permission to contribute to your channel in the following scenarios,
  • My Organization
  • Custom

1.My Organization

This is the default scenario. In this scenario, anyone in your organization can contribute to your channel.

2.Custom

As a channel owner you can restrict who can contribute to your channel by enabling "Choose who else can contribute to this channel" option and add your required users or groups to contribution list. After enabling this option, anyone in your organization can still view your channel, but only selected custom users/groups can contribute videos.

Channel Permission Table

Type Owner Contributor Non-Contributor
My Organization
  1. 1. Add Video to channel
  2. 2. Edit channel
    • Name
    • Description
    • Permission Settings
    • Channel cover image
  3. 3.Delete channel
  4. 4.Follow/Unfollow channel
  1. Add video to channel,
  2. Follow/unfollow channel,
There is no non contributor because everyone in the organization have Contributor permission.
Custom
  1. 1. Add Video to channel
  2. 2. Edit channel
    • Name
    • Description
    • Permission Settings
    • Channel cover image
  3. 3. Delete channel
  4. 4. Follow/ Unfollow channel
  1. 1. Add Video to channel
  2. 2. Edit channel
    • Name
    • Description
    • Channel cover image
  3. 3. Follow/Unfollow channel
1. Follow/Unfollow channel