FAQs

General membership questions

  • I live in a different time zone from the conference in Vancouver. How can I tune in?

    The beauty of the Live membership is that it is world-friendly. You can tune-in from all over the world whenever is most convenient. You can use our active video archive (AVA) that lets you pause and return to the stream later, or to start watching any number of time zones earlier/later in the same exact sequence of how the conference is unfolding. What is even more exciting is Live members have permanent access to the conference archives so they can revisit their favorite talks and sessions whenever they want weeks, months, and even years down the road.

  • When and in what time zone is TED2015?

    TED2015 is March 16 – 20, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada, GMT-8.

  • Can I give a TED Live Membership as a gift?

    Yes. If you would like to give a membership to someone else, you can do so through the registration page.

General rules

  • What is the difference between TED Live and TEDxLive?

    TED Live provides members with virtual seats to the TED and TEDGlobal conferences and access to the conference archive. TEDxLive is a TEDx license that allows an organizer to host an event around one day of TED or TEDGlobal. These events are free to the public. Some events include local programming. In order to host a TEDxLive event, you must apply for a license, be approved by the TEDx team, and adhere to the TEDx and TEDxLive rules for executing this event.

  • I used to get TED Books but it is no longer included. Why isn't it part of the membership anymore?

    Though our books continue to be available on Kindles, Nooks and iBooks, we recently launched our own book app for the iOS platform (i.e. iPhone, iPad). Due to App Store policies it is not possible to send books to an individual’s app without charging you for them, however, we’ve made the price for the books so inexpensive that you might enjoy giving it them a try regardless!

Financial and distinction questions

  • I’m interested in becoming a member, but I wonder if the Talks will all end up online for free anyway?

    The TED Live membership gives you access to the live streams of the TED and TED Global conferences and all talks in their unedited format. Shortly after each conference we begin carefully editing and releasing some on TED.com - but remember, not all talks end up online. The timing and sequence of talks coming online is not predetermined. The online talk archive for Live members however, lets you watch whenever you get a chance and re-live the conference at any time.

  • My question isn’t answered here.

    Please email live@ted.com.