YouTube has announced that it is adding a live streaming option to its mobile platforms that will allow users to broadcast live video from their mobile devices — initially limited to web only.
The video-sharing site which has been offering live streaming since 2011, including the streaming of the Royal Wedding of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011 in which millions of people around the world tuned in to watch and more recently broadcast a 360-degree live stream of the music festival Coachella where over 21 million people tuned in to watch will soon offer support for live streaming on its YouTube app.
Although the interface looks similar to Twitter’s live streaming app – Periscope with viewer comments scrolling up the screen over the broadcast, YouTube says its existing infrastructure gives it an advantage over competitors, with streamers and their viewers able to search live broadcasts just as they can search recorded videos.
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,” says Kurt Wilms, Product Lead, Immersive Experiences at YouTube.
This new feature is launching with select YouTube creators such as The Young Turks, AIB, Platica Polinesia, SacconeJolys, and Alex Wassabi at VidCon and will be rolling it out more widely soon.