Note: This feature is BETA and not available for all servers.
What does this article cover?
- What are Media Channels?
- How Do I Create a Media Channel?
- What Can I Do with Media Channels?
What Are Media Channels?
Media Channels give you a new space to share videos, photos, and files with your community. Similar to Forum Channels, Media Channels are contained in posts, so you can categorize your videos, photos, or files in an easily digestible format for your community to engage with.
How Do I Create a Media Channel?
1. In the channel list, hover over the channel category where you want your Media Channel to live and hit the "+" icon to Create a Channel.
2. Select Media as the channel type, and enter a channel name.
3. Then click Create Channel when you're done!
Upload Media or Files to Your Media Channel
Today, Media channel file uploads must adhere to existing Discord file limitations and compatibility. This varies based if you’re a Nitro subscriber or not.
**Please Note: the thumbnail preview is limited to one media item.
File upload limits:
Everyone — 25MB Uploads
Nitro Basic — 50MB Uploads
Nitro — 500MB Uploads
We recommend testing out different solutions that meet your needs. Our goal is to improve media file compatibility down the road with your feedback and input.
What Can I Do With Media Channels?
There are tons of ways to use Media channels to add more value for your community but here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Early Access / Behind the Scenes / Bonus Content: You can create a Server Subscription tier which gives paying subscribers access to a Media channel.
- Wallpapers, PDFs, or other file downloads: Allow subscribers to view and download items from the media channel.
- Share Media Posts Across Your Server: Let your community know you have a new post to view or file to download! Subscribers will be able to view or download content but subscribers wont have access unless they subscribe.
Bonus Content or File Downloads
To enhance your Server Subscriptions offering you can you can use Media Channels to post content or files for your paying subscribers. This could be for a dedicated Server Subscriptions tier or a way to add additional value to an existing tier. To do this just:
- Create a Media Channel and assign a new role connected to a Server Subscription tier. The subscriber will only have access to the new Media channel if they are subscribed.
- Start posting content! This could be short behind-the-scenes videos, images, unlisted YouTube videos or even wallpapers, files, and / or PDFs.
BONUS: Don’t forget to share Media channel posts across your server to drive awareness and convert more people into paying subscribers.
Share Media Channel Posts
Media Channels give you a space to provide extra content and or files to subscribers, but in order to get more members of your community to convert into new subscribers you can share individual posts from your Media Channel to other public channels within your server. Non-subscribers will see the post but will not be able to view the content unless they subscribe.
This is what a Media Channel post will look like to non-subscribers when shared to a public channel:
Subscribers will see the media thumbnail revealed when shared to a public channel.
Q: What types of content is supported?
A: Videos, photos, and files can be posted to Media channels. File upload size is limited to the existing channels can support today.
Keep in mind, different video links and embeds behave differently depending on the website they are hosted at. Some video links (ie. YouTube) will embed natively and provide a more native viewing experience than others.
Q: This product is in Beta. What happens to my media channel if Discord decides to remove the product?
A: If we decide not to support this feature long-term your media channel will not go away.
Q: Why don’t I see the media channels as an option for my server?
A. Media channels is currently in beta testing and only available to a limited number of servers with Server Subscriptions enabled. We hope to roll this out more broadly in the coming months but cannot share any further details at this time.
Q: What’s the difference between Media Channels and Forum Channels with gallery view?
A: Today, Media channels leverage many of the same foundational elements as Forum Channels in gallery view but with feedback from creators and community admins like you we hope to add unique features over time which make Media channels offer unique solutions for media first communities.
Q: How can I be sure my exclusive content won’t be leaked by my subscribers?
A: Subscribers will be able to see your gated content and non-subscribers will see a blurred image if the post is shared with them.
Over time our tools will improve but if you have feedback, suggestions, on how we can make this better for your community feel free to share it with us!