YouTube app gets livestream function
YouTube announced today that it added a special feature to make the YouTube live streaming easier. Now the function is directly built into the app, you can start with the push of a button to broadcast. The feature will be rolled out to a limited number of users this week, and the live stream button will be made available slowly to more and more users.
YouTube stressed that the option to start a live video deliberately made as simple as possible. You have therefore no need for a separate app or account. You simply press the red button, choose a picture for the thumbnail and begin YouTube live streaming. Users can use the camera on their mobile device live streaming.
“Because it’s built right into the YouTube app, mobile live streaming will have all the features your regular videos have—you’ll be able to search for them, find them through recommendations and playlists and protect them from unauthorized users.”
The company said in a blog post.
“And since it uses YouTube’s peerless infrastructure, it’ll be faster and more reliable than anything else out there.”
With this step, YouTube forms into a live stream platform like what Facebook and Twitter are trying to do for a while. For live streaming Facebook has Live, and Twitter offers the app Periscope. Twitter Periscope was recently built directly into the app, and Facebook Live also plays an increasingly prominent role on the social network. However, YouTube provides live streaming since 2011, but that did not appear in the regular mobile app so far.
According to the popular online video service, the popularity of YouTube live streaming has risen sharply in recent years. This emerged during the Royal Wedding in 2011, and during the last edition of Coachella, 21 million people watched it live.
The live stream feature will be available both on the iOS and Android app.
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