for fun. and FUNDS!

If earning cash by hanging out and watching movies with friends sounds too good to be true, you can start pinching yourself now. Just not too hard, because you’ll bruise. This isn’t a dream. It’s a new way to watch whatever you want, with whomever, and get paid in the process!


Step 1: Apply to be a SideStream host

Not all SideStream accounts are created equal. If you want to become a host, we’ll need some extra information from you. It’s a relatively painless, free process; no blood samples required. But we will need you to agree to some special legal terms and provide us with some information so we can get you paid!


Step 2: Choose something to watch

Browse our virtual shelfs and pick something you want to host. We’ve got a few options, from blockbusters to head-scratchers, so take your time. Once you have your event, you can choose to watch it immediately or schedule it for a specific date and time.


Step 3: Sharing is caring

You’ve got your own private theatre. Now PACK THE SEATS! Use the built-in sharing functionality to let friends, family or complete strangers know that you’re watching a thing! The more people who sign up to view your event, the more you’ll make as well, so don’t be shy. What you do with your cash is up to you; donate it to charity, build a second closet to store your tiny-hat collection… you do you.

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Step 4: Setup your theater

You scheduled an event, got everyone else on board and now you want to make sure you’re properly setup for the big show. Most popular streaming software works with SideStream, you just need to put in a few pieces of information to get your broadcast ready. You can find out our streaming server address, as well as your account’s unique STREAM KEY by checking the properties of your event.

If you need further help adjusting your software, check out our FAQ and these guides for setting up OBS, a free streaming software solution.


Step 5: Enjoy the show

Do you. Have a blast. Cringe at every awkward moment, celebrate every explosion and laugh along with friends as your favorite moments. This is what SideStream is all about. When you’re done with your event, you’ll be able to log into your account and see how many people joined you, along with how many dollars you earned. You can also email everyone in attendance to thank them, and invite them along to your next SideStream if you wish.

When you have enough earnings, you’ll be able to cash out and buy more snacks for the next show! Our FAQ has full details.