Stream (Classic) Migration Overview

This article will provide an overview of the Stream (Classic) to Stream (on SharePoint) migration project. This will be updated regularly to advise on the current progress of the migration.

Latest update - 8th February 2024

The first phase of the migration began on February 5th 2024 and has now been completed. Video content that was owned by a Microsoft 365 group (Team or SharePoint site) has now been migrated from it's original location in Stream (Classic), to it's respective Team or SharePoint site under a folder called "Stream Migrated Videos", within the "General" folder. 

Please note- a small percentage of the content has been migrated to a single SharePoint site for archive purposes. The reason for this was because the Team that owned the content has since been retired. All access to the videos has been retained.

Please see the Stream Migration article for more information about the first phase. 

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Important terminology note: The earlier version of Stream is known as Microsoft Stream (Classic) and the new version of Stream is known as Microsoft Stream (on SharePoint) which also includes OneDrive to clarify the differences moving forward. Stream (on SharePoint) provides enterprise video capabilities in OneDrive and SharePoint.   

What is the Stream migration project?

Microsoft announced that they are retiring Stream (Classic) in June 2024. All video content must be migrated out of Stream (Classic) and into Stream (on SharePoint) by this date.

Therefore, IT are migrating all published video content (circa 180,000 videos) from Stream (Classic) into Stream (on SharePoint). We will be completing the migration over a few phases, based on how Microsoft defines the different types of containers of recordings currently stored in Stream (Classic). For further information on how we plan to complete the migration and the different phases, please see below

When is it happening?

The migration will begin in early 2024 and will consist of three main phases. We will provide information on specific dates closer to the time and will also provide regular updates during the project.

What are the different phases of the migration?

Any video content that you own in Stream (Classic) will be migrated to Stream (On SharePoint). 

  1. The first phase will deal with all videos that are shared with a Team or SharePoint site with OWNER permissions. This phase has now been completed. Please see the Stream Migration article for more detailed information.
  2. The second phase will deal with videos that have not been shared with any Teams, SharePoint sites or Company Wide Channels. Detailed information TBC
  3. The third phase will deal all videos that have been shared with a Company Wide Channel. Detailed information TBC

    Do I need to do anything?

    • If you have any videos in Stream (Classic) which are not required, please delete them. Please visit the knowledge base article for instructions of how to delete a video.
    • Unpublished videos in draft form will NOT be migrated and will be permanently deleted when Stream (Classic) is retired. You will need to publish these videos if you wish to retain them.
      • Visit Stream (Classic)
      • Click ‘My Content’ at the top of the page and click Videos
        Unpublished videos include the word (Draft) in the title.
      • Click the ‘Publish’ button.

    What happens to existing share and embed links

    All migrated videos will retain their existing permissions once migrated to Stream (on SharePoint). Any associated links will redirect to the new location in Stream (Sharepoint). The redirect feature will continue to work until April 2025. After this date the redirect will cease to work so we advise creating new links ahead of this time. 

    IMPORTANT - If a migrated video is moved from the new location to a different SharePoint site or OneDrive folder then the permissions WILL NOT be retained and the original link will cease to work. Please see the article for generating new share links.

    Here are the main 3 categories of sharing link
    • Existing Stream (Classic) video links continues to work post-migration, until April 2025. The link will redirect to play from the migrated destination in Stream (on SharePoint).
    • An existing channel link from the Stream (Classic) portal will redirect to the channel folder created inside the chosen destination in Stream (on SharePoint).
    Video embed

    All videos that were previously embedded on platforms such as Minerva will play inline post-migration. 

    Channel embed

    Channel embeds in SharePoint and Teams are partially supported post migration. They'll no longer display or play back videos inline. The new channel thumbnail provides a link to the migrated channel’s videos folder (see screenshot below) in Stream (on SharePoint). The View channel button takes users to the migrated channel’s videos folder in Stream (on SharePoint).


    • Can I opt out of the migration? -
      • No, Microsoft are retiring Stream (Classic), any video content that is not migrated before the deadline will be permanently deleted. 
    • Will I still be the owner of my video(s) -
    • Can i move a video to a new location after it has been migrated?
      • If you are the owner of the video, then you will be able to download, copy or move the video to another location such another SharePoint site or OneDrive. However, moving a video will reset the share link and permissions assigned top the video. This means that the original link will cease to work and anyone that previously had access will no longer be able to open it. 


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    How to access Stream (on SharePoint)

    Create a new share link in Stream (on SharePoint)

    Teams Meeting Recordings: Storage Location, User Access and Permissions

    Sharing Link settings for Office365 (including OneDrive and Sharepoint Online)

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