YouTube have made it easy for you to share what you’re doing whenever and wherever by adding live-streaming to mobile.
After announcing mobile live streaming last year and launching it for a few select creators YouTube are dropping the feature for many more users. Now every creator with over 10,000 subscribers will be able to use the feature and live stream on the go straight from their smartphone.
Live streaming on mobile has been built into the YouTube app directly so you can open up your mobile, open YouTube and launch a live stream almost instantly. The videos will function the same as regular videos and can be found via search, recommendations, playlists and also secured from unwanted viewers.
In their launch statement YouTube said: “Our mobile live streaming uses YouTube’s rock-solid infrastructure, meaning it’ll be fast and reliable, just the YouTube you know and love. And we’ve been working hand-in-hand with hundreds of creators to refine the mobile streaming experience while they stream from a boat or take live calls from their fans.”
The new feature will give hundreds of thousands of users a new, direct platform to interact with their subscribers and fans within the palm of their hand. As YouTube say, they have “supported live streaming since, well, before Beyoncé even had a baby – way back in 2011!” and have been making the experience constantly better ever since.
Since launching live streaming YouTube have added the ability to live stream videos in 4K and even in 360-degrees for a live virtual reality experience. In 2016 YouTube live streamed the 2016 presidential debates which became the most-viewed political live streams ever.
YouTube have also added to super chat to help creators monetise their streams with a new tool. Super Chat allows viewers to pay and get their messages pinned with colours onto chats so that the streamer is more likely to see what you have to say. Super Chat is available in over 20 countries for streamers and more than 40 countries for viewers.
Whilst YouTube live streaming on mobile is currently exclusive to channels with more than 10,000 subscribers, YouTube promise that “the rest of you will have it soon!”.