YouTube rolls out Periscope-style live streaming support on mobile

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Putting itself in direct competition with Facebook and Twitter, YouTube is now in the beginning stages of rolling out live video streaming from its main mobile app.




A handful of video producers like AIB and The Young Turks gained access to the feature on Thursday, and support will open up further in the near future, YouTube said. The Google-owned company didn't elaborate on whether the option would eventually reach the general public, although it will likely have to in order to compete.

Launching a stream starts by hitting the Capture button. Broadcasters must then snap or select a thumbnail photo, and toggle various options like target audience, push notifications, and whether chat will be enabled.

While underway a stream looks much like Twitter's Periscope, with overlaid viewer comments and options like flipping the camera. Real-time statistics show the number of likes and active viewers.

Live video has taken off on social networks not just because of the concept's general popularity but because companies like Facebook see it as a way of keeping customers engaged with their apps and services, and hence exposed to more advertising.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,415member
    Good. Periscope needs competition to improve.
  • Reply 2 of 5
    palegolaspalegolas Posts: 1,271member
    What took them so long??

    if you wanna stream on YouTube from iOS today, there's Wirecast Go. It works really well. But they forgot to integrate a share function. So there's no way of telling anyone you're live, unless people are notified from your YouTube channel.
  • Reply 3 of 5
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Good. Periscope needs competition to improve.
    YouTube, however, will never have such a thing. Thus we see this:


  • Reply 4 of 5
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,110member
    Good. Periscope needs competition to improve.
    YouTube, however, will never have such a thing. Thus we see this:


    So what? Proves nothing. You have complete control over what you want shared and who you want it shared to. You can choose to have all that info hidden from anyone you choose. 
  • Reply 5 of 5
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    So what? Proves nothing. You have complete control over what you want shared and who you want it shared to. You can choose to have all that info hidden from anyone you choose. 
    You can also choose not to post it at all (or lie). That’s not the point. What the fuck do you mean it proves nothing? Do you know what the image is showing? The “never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever tell anyone on the Internet anything about you ever” ideology on which we were raised in the ‘80s and ‘90s has done a complete fucking 180.

    You can’t hide it from Google, who has neither right nor reason to know it.
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