YouTube geared up to bring the live-streaming feature to its mobile app for iOS and Android platforms. With this update, Twitter-owned Periscope and Facebook will be affected for sure, as these are the two traditional services which allow live-stream videos.
The world’s largest video-sharing platform made the announcement at VidCon in Anaheim, where it showed a demo of how live streaming web feature is going to work with the mobile app.
Product head, Kurt Wilms in a blog post said, “Today, we are announcing a new chapter in bringing the power of live video to creators everywhere. Soon, we’ll be putting the power of YouTube live-streaming in the palm of your hands.”
He added “We’ve been offering live streaming on YouTube since 2011 before it was cool,” the post reads. This feature was earlier available only on the web. Now, few channels like Young Turks, AIB, Platica Polinesia, SacconeJolys and Alex Wassabi at VidCon will live broadcast from YouTube app.
No surprise, users are eagerly waiting for the new live-streaming feature which would be availed for users in the coming update of the mobile application. This new add-on would allow users to broadcast videos by pressing red button located at the lower right corner of the smartphone screen. Just select or take a picture to use as a thumbnail, and you can broadcast live to your subscribers and chat in near real time.
The new feature informs all your subscribers regarding the broadcasting of live videos. It enables chat option during broadcasting, to communicate with your viewers. All you need to do is to make the live-streaming viewable to each and everyone on the app.
YouTube currently owns nearly one billion active users every month. With this new feature, the company is expecting a significant rise in the number of active users on the platform. YouTube is now into the race, where opponents like Facebook and Twitter are investing massive amounts in the live-streaming video feature.