YouTube rolling out mobile live streaming

Posted on: Wednesday 08 February 2017

YouTube is bringing live mobile streaming to users with at least 10,000 subscribers, along with a new monetisation feature called Super Chat.

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YouTube is bringing live mobile streaming to users with at least 10,000 subscribers, along with a new monetisation feature called Super Chat.

The Google-owned site has supported live streaming since 2011, and is now bringing it to mobile devices as it looks to keep up with similar features offered by the likes of Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Periscope.

In a blogpost, YouTube explained the functionality is being built into the mobile YouTube app, meaning live streams have all the same features as regular YouTube videos.

The live streaming service - which YouTube says will roll out to all users "soon" - also comes with Super Chat, a new tool designed to help YouTube creators monetise their live streams.

It allows fans to pay for premium chat messages that will get the attention of the creator running the live stream, giving them a "front-row seat in the digital age".

"Super Chat gives viewers a chance to add a little visual flair to their chats and gives creators a new way to keep connected to their fans while earning a little money on the side," the company said.

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