YouTube update live streaming for a funner, fuller experience

Live-streaming on YouTube is getting massive and they’ve just made some updates to make the experience even better for everyone.

It’s been 3 years since YouTube launched live-streaming and it’s getting more popular by the year, doubling in views within 1 year of launch – and that was 1-and-a-half years ago. Millions of people are now logging in to stream live video, and YouTube have just updated the experience with some cool new features.

Live chat saves conversations

YouTube live stream streaming chat

YouTube have introduced ‘chat replay’ which saves the chat log on live-streams so you can go back and read through conversations, even after streams have ended. They will show up alongside the video as they do live.

Introducing Subtitles

Back in 2009 YouTube launched auto-captions on videos so that the hard-of-hearing could enjoy videos the same as others. Now they’re bringing English automatic captions to live streams so that everyone can follow the action as it happens.

They say: “When professionally provided captions aren’t available, our new live automatic captions provide creators a quick and inexpensive way to make live streams accessible to more people. With out live automatic speech recognition (LASR) technology, you’ll get captions with error rates and latency approaching industry standards. We’ll roll this out in the coming weeks, and will continue to improve accuracy and latency of automatic captions.

New fun features for streamers

YouTube mobile live streaming update location tagging stream live

Streamers can now add location tags to their mobile live streams and video uploads to share their favourite hot spots with viewers. This new feature also means that viewers can click a location tag and instantly find other videos and streams from the same place. A new location filter has also been added in the search function.

“With live streams, you’ve found more intimate and spontaneous ways to share your thoughts, lives, and creativity. Take these features for a spin and show us your world!”

Head of Social Media and Marketing, RouteNote

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