YouTube Adding Live Streaming to Its Mobile App

The first website that comes to mind when thinking about online video will finally let its users live-stream.

The first website that comes to mind when thinking about online video will finally let its users live-stream.

YouTube announced in a blog post by product lead, immersive experiences Kurt Wilms that it will begin adding mobile live streaming directly into its flagship mobile application.

The Google-owned video site introduced the feature at VidCon in Anaheim, Calif., with content from The Young Turks, AIB, Platica Polinesia, SacconeJolys and Alex Wassabi, and Wilms said the feature will be rolled out more widely soon, adding in his blog post:

YouTube mobile live streaming will be baked right into the core YouTube mobile app. You won’t need to open anything else: Just hit the big red capture button right there in the corner, take or select a photo to use as a thumbnail and you can broadcast live to your fans and chat in near real time.

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 uses. And since it uses YouTube’s peerless infrastructure, it’ll be faster and more reliable than anything else out there.

Readers: Are you surprised that it took so long for YouTube to begin offering this capability to its users?

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