Spotify now supports video podcasts as well as audio podcasts. This means that podcasters will be able to record video alongside audio, and have it play directly in the Spotify app. And Spotify listeners, both free and paid, will be able to watch video podcasts on Spotify.
How to Watch Video Podcasts on Spotify
As outlined in a post on For the Record, Spotify is starting to roll out its video podcast feature. Video podcasts will be available to listeners in all markets where podcasts are already supported. However, only a handful of podcasters are offering video at launch.
Starting today, listen to and watch select podcasts with our new video podcast feature. Check it out. https://t.co/BZ1Fq5ldNW
— Spotify News (@SpotifyNews) July 21, 2020
Everyone in a country where podcasts are supported on Spotify should be able to watch video podcasts. Starting with the episode of Higher Learning With Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay embedded below. Just open it in either Spotify’s desktop or mobile app and click Play.
The video and audio should start playing simultaneously, and stay synced throughout. If you switch to another app or lock your mobile device, the audio will continue playing in the background. You can also still download just the audio of podcasts to listen to on the go without worrying about the video.
As well as this episode of Higher Learning, other podcasts with video components include Book of Basketball 2.0, Fantasy Footballers, The Misfits Podcast, H3 Podcast, The Morning Toast, and The Rooster Teeth Podcast. And more will be added as Spotify rolls out this feature.
Signing Joe Rogan Forced Spotify’s Hand
Spotify has been testing video podcasts since May 2020. The streaming service has been signing up podcasts and podcast networks left, right, and center, and some of them already produce video content. So supporting video podcasts was an obvious next step.
The signing of Joe Rogan in May meant Spotify had to act fast. After all, the company spent millions of dollars to secure the services of Rogan, and his video podcast (which currently streams on YouTube) is a big reason why Spotify signed the self-styled king of podcasters.
How to Find New Podcasts to Listen To
Watching a video podcast on Spotify isn’t perfect right now, but the streaming service has made it clear it intends to improve functionality in the future. Whether anyone actually watches them remains to be seen.
If you’re keen to discover more podcasts to listen to (with video or otherwise), here’s how to find new podcasts using Spotify’s podcast playlists .
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