Ability to unlist videos or channels from search or any discoverability via trending, channels, etc

Ability to unlist videos or channels from search or any discoverability via trending, channels, etc
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Stream has great sharing options like link and embed, it would be ideal if you could use only the sharing options for discovery.

Through the sharing options you can Link in Yammer, Team, Outlook, etc and Embed in a web page, SharePoint site, LMS, modules and have users encounter the video first there in a specifically created context.



I'm thinking an option to unlist/hide-from-search OR a some kind of SPOILER ALERT warning!


This is all separate from the secruity of the video.  Just like spoilers, you can be spoiled if you want to be, but it would be better to give viewers and creators control.

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Regular Visitor

I think this is an important feature for Stream channels and video.  I want to share videos via links and embed code but I do not want anyone stubbing on the videos in Stream.

I give my students video challenges and then provide them with solution videos.  I can use release conditions in my VLE to make sure students try the challenges before they have access to the links and embedded content.  But they can still search Stream for the videos.

Senior Member

We don't use Stream's GUI. We just embed the videos into Confluence which is our knowledge base. My colleagues need to see the embedded videoes on their cell phones within the Confluence app or Safari app without the need to log in to Office as well as Confluence (too much).

I think adding an "Unlisted" video option, similar to YouTube, would be a great feature to add.


There are some instances where videos are shared within groups where a working link is required for anyone who has it, without the need for the video to be discoverable on Stream. Adding individual users, or even groups, is not always an effective way of dealing with videos that aren't fully "published."


Has anyone else felt a need for this feature?

Occasional Visitor

Absolutely a great idea Brian!  We already have departments using "unlisted" YouTube videos and we would love for them to move to MS Stream.

Occasional Contributor

In my academic institution setting A-3/A-1 levels, my instructors need a solve (outside Group membership management nor AD Security Group Administration  to match course enrollments to channels) that would allow them to upload Video material (lectures etc) and although permissions to view are company wide (O365 enterprise authenticated), the video is undiscoverable through stream search or any Stream/Home method; only if you had the "direct share link" could one know the URL and watch the video if authenticated into O365. zero group membership housekeeping involved every semester... the only solve I can think of would be to enable an UNLISTED capability on upload the owner should select right under Allow everyone in the company to watch.


This feature would empower instructors to focus on content delivery and not be tied down with group membership management because all theyd need to do is upload, set unlisted and feature the persistent video URL path in syllabi.

not having this feature drives adoption to a competing product solution daily...

thoughts? pls advise...



100% agree with you, @Aaron Anderson . This is exactly our scenario, too.


@Marc Mrozmentioned sometime last year (I can't find the thread right now), that there was discussion of Stream-only groups (none of the rest of a standard O365 Group/Team), which would be at least a step in the right direction.


Marc, has there been any movement on those Stream-only groups?


Fully agree on the need for this option.
We have several small bite-size videos that are used within other presentations, elearning etc.
They have no stand-alone value within themselves, as they depend on being shown in a specific context. These videos should be accessible but not searchable.

Stream's competitors are doing this :)


Occasional Visitor

Facing the same challenge at the moment.


Our training team wants to use Stream for adding video to our Wiki and Forms, but we are not allowed to until we make sure that noone stumbles upon the video bits out of context.


There is no group or team that reflects the audience of the videos, basically it's "if we show it to you, you are supposed to see it" - exactly what "unlisted" on YouTube does.