Microsoft Stream (Classic) – Act now to save your recordings!

Microsoft have announced that they are closing down classic Stream – their original video service that was part of Microsoft 365. A more modern Stream service is still available in 365 but is part of SharePoint. Ahead of the closing down of classic Stream, please read on to see our advice to staff on reviewing your content from Stream (Classic), and what to do next.

Microsoft moved Stream (Classic) into a view only state on 15th September 2023, meaning that it has not been possible to upload new content since that date. Until the permanent closure of the service on 15th April 2024, video content remaining in the platform will be available to view, download or delete.  After 15th April any remaining content will not be recoverable.

If you have not already done so, it’s time to act so you do not lose your content hosted in Stream (Classic). Please review your content and use the form below to request the migration of any content you wish to retain by Friday 16th February 2024. By default, we will migrate any Stream (Classic) content that has been accessed since 16th February 2023. Please also delete anything that you no longer require.

Note that all Teams meeting recordings made since 10th July 2022 have been stored in new Stream and are only retained for 180 days. These recordings will not be affected by this change. Only new meeting recordings are subject to the 180-day retention period – other video recordings and migrated videos are not subject to expiry.

Steps to review your content. 

If you want control over what Stream (Classic) content is moved:

  1. Visit Microsoft Stream (Classic)
  2. Click on ‘My Content’ in the top navigation
  3. Review your stored video content 
  4. Delete any unwanted content hosted in Stream (Classic)

Teaching related Recordings

These should not be stored in Stream; they should be uploaded to Panopto. See our information on how to upload to Panopto

Personally owned content

For example videos in ‘My Content’ in Stream (Classic) – tell us what you want us to do with this content. Fill in this UniDesk Form: Move Stream (Classic) Recording

Group content

If you have content in a group (SharePoint site), the group owner will have been emailed as the way to move these recordings is slightly different.

Where will moved content go?

Personal content
Will be moved to your OneDrive in a folder called Stream migrated videos.

Group content
Will be moved to the SharePoint site associated with the Office365 group. In a folder called Stream migrated videos.

What happens if I take no action?

When Microsoft closes the service permanently, your Stream (Classic) files will be unrecoverable. If you have not told us what to do with your Stream (Classic) recordings by Friday 16th February 2024, we will only migrate recordings that have been accessed since 16th February 2023 to Stream on SharePoint. Other content will not be recoverable.

If you have any questions about this, please contact the Information Centre.

2 thoughts to “Microsoft Stream (Classic) – Act now to save your recordings!”

  1. I was planning to use Teams to record my lectures this semester as I usually do – does this mean I will be no longer able to do this?

    1. Hi Peter, you can continue to use Teams/Panopto for recording. This blog post is for Classic Stream. All Teams meeting recordings made since 10th July 2022 have been stored in new Stream.

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