Live streaming can be a powerful way to engage with an audience. Your phone immediately connects to other users on Periscope or Facebook, and though YouTube has had support for live streaming it hasn’t made it possible in the YouTube app. Third-party apps could support livestreaming from mobile, but with this feature being more in-demand, YouTube is now adding this feature directly into the app.
The news comes as part of VidCon, a large conference for online video creators. YouTube, being so big in that community, took this opportunity to share some of these new features with popular channels first. They launched live streaming with The Young Turks, Alex Wassabi, and a handful of other channels. It will reach more users soon, after getting feedback from this public beta.
The experience is pretty simple. You can control the visibility of the stream at the beginning, and can toggle whether to allow users to comment or receive a notification when you’re about to begin.
The streaming UI shows the latest comments appear on the bottom and shuffle up while current stats across the top. There are a few other options too, like switching the current camera so you can do commentary and switch back to the action.
With live streams becoming more important, such as C-SPAN broadcasting a Periscope stream of the Democrat sit-in, having more tools and apps to support this medium will be appreciated. As this is using YouTube’s backend, these live streams should already work on the web and on your TV. Just select the video and you’ll begin watching live.