The Republican National Committee has announced the launch of a livestreaming service for the first time, but its rollout is far from over.
The livestreaming platform will allow Republicans to stream their own events as well as those of their favorite political figures.
The livestreams will be free, but those who pay will also be able to stream the party’s official events, with the option of switching to the livestreams after the event.
The GOP’s decision to launch the service comes on the heels of the party launching its first official web video platform, the official GOP YouTube, and a new website, the Republican National Congress.
The party also plans to roll out a new app for mobile devices and an app for Roku devices, which will allow fans to watch live events on-demand.
But its most significant change is a new mobile app that is designed specifically for the RNC, called the GOP Live.
The app will allow Republican supporters to join in the livestreaming sessions with an invite.
There will also now be a “live” section on the app where fans can post comments and video clips from the livestream to be viewed by the RNC’s staff.
Users will be able share videos on social media with a single tap.
“It’s the platform of the future, and it’s going to be a big thing,” said Dan Schoen, a digital strategist at the RNC.
The new app is part of a broader plan by the GOP to create a more immersive experience for viewers of the convention, with livestreams allowing viewers to “live experience” the party, according to a RNC spokesperson.
The party plans to livestream the first two days of the RNC in Houston in October and is also considering livestreaming the convention for a fourth week in early November.
The RNC also announced that it will be offering livestreaming packages that will include “premium” access to the event, which include a VIP ticket, VIP access to events, VIP perks, and access to VIP seating at the convention.
The company will also offer a “premiere” package that includes VIP tickets, VIP seating, VIP badges, and VIP access for a one-time fee of $1,200.
But the new GOP Live app will not be the only platform available for those who want to livestream their own Republican events.
The RNC also will be allowing supporters to livestream a series of Republican Presidential debates starting in mid-October.
The Republican National Chair, Ronna McDaniel, told the Associated Press that “many of the livestreamers” who have registered for the debates are already participating in the platform.
The “premier” plans are available to supporters who already paid for their own livestreams.
The premium plans will offer access to live events and VIP perks.
“We’re offering a premium experience, which means it’s a subscription option, and we want to make sure that people understand that there’s an upfront fee, so they know what it’s like to pay to be able be part of this,” McDaniel said.
“So it’s not just for a couple bucks, but for a $1-plus price, we’re offering it to people who are paying for it.”
The RNC is also planning to offer the livestreamed debates at a discounted rate to supporters of President Donald Trump.
Trump has been a supporter of the platform for years, but this is the first Republican presidential debate where he is participating.
Trump tweeted that he was excited to be livestreaming at the first of the Republican debates in October, but was disappointed to learn that the platform would be limited to live streaming.
“Just got the notification that the Republican Party has decided that the RNC Live will not have live streaming of the GOP Convention in October,” Trump wrote.
“This is unacceptable.”
The GOP livestreamed the first debate in late July, when it streamed the first-ever debate between the candidates.
Trump and his wife, Melania, were the guests of honor, with their spouses sitting on the stage in the middle of the room, with reporters standing at the side.
Trump has also been vocal about his frustration with the livestream, and on Thursday, he took to Twitter to voice his displeasure about the company’s decision.
“I am a huge supporter of #GOPLive, but now it’s just not going to work for the GOP, they are only interested in having one platform, not many,” Trump tweeted.
McDaniel said the platform will provide more transparency to attendees about who is watching them, and also give them more control over what happens on-screen.
She also noted that the app will be available to members of the public as well.
The Trump campaign has yet to comment on the new platform.