YouTube has enabled users to live stream since 2011, but they could not do so through mobile – until now. The video sharing website has finally rolled out mobile live streaming on its mobile app, in a move that was first announced back in June 2016.
Unfortunately, the mobile live streaming feature is currently only available to creators with more than 10,000 subscribers but YouTube ensures it will be available to everybody ‘soon’.
For those with over 10,000 subscribers, all they have to do is open the YouTube app, hit the capture button, and they will begin live streaming.
“It’s a launch that’ll put the power of live streaming in the hands of hundreds of thousands of talented creators, giving them a more intimate and spontaneous way to share their thoughts, lives, and creativity,” said YouTube in a blog post.
“Streamed videos will have all the same features as regular YouTube videos. They can be searched for, found via recommendations or playlists, and protected from unauthorised use. 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.”
Along with the introduction of mobile live streaming, YouTube has introduced Super Chat – a new live stream monetisation tool available to creators in more than 20 countries. The tool lets fans watching a live stream pay to get their messages highlighted in bright colours and stay pinned to the top of the chat window for up to five hours – to get the creator’s attention.