YouTube Improves Live Streaming Performance
YouTube today rolled out several improvements to its live streaming functionality on mobile devices. To start, YouTube has made it possible to engage in real-time interactions with viewers during live streams thanks to a new ultra-low latency mode. Switching to the ultra-low latency setting drops latency down to just a couple of seconds, which is short enough to let people answer fan questions or respond to viewer input in near real-time. Google says the mode is easy to operate and doesn't require any coding. Separately, YouTube for iOS now lets people stream content from within select apps directly to YouTube. In other words, users can push their app experience and/or screen to YouTube Live in real-time. This particular feature relies on Apple's ReplayKit, which third-party apps will need to support in order to enable live streaming. Google says a small selection of apps already do, including Procreate, Asphalt 8, and Vainglory. Moreover, iPhone owners will be able to use their smartphone's microphone and selfie camera to add their own commentary to the live app stream. Last, YouTube Live adopts new tools to make live chat moderation easier. For example, inline moderation lets broadcasters easily pause chat feeds, while a "hold" tool gives moderators a chance to review potentially inappropriate messages before they go live. All these updates are headed to YouTube Live over the days ahead.
YouTube Live Streaming from Mobile Devices Coming Soon
YouTube today said users will soon be able to stream video live from their mobile phones. The video site already supports live streaming from PCs, and YouTube first promised to bring live streaming to phones last summer.
YouTube to Enable Mobile Live Video Streaming
Google plans to add live video streaming to its YouTube mobile apps. Google says live streaming will be incorporated into the application's core and won't require a separate app or download.
YouTube Gaming Adds Mobile Capture
YouTube Gaming today pushed out an update to its mobile app and added the ability to capture mobile gameplay. Users can record and live stream mobile gaming on Android devices using the mobile capture tool within the app.
Facebook Expands Live Video Streaming to More People
Facebook today said a small percentage of iPhone owners in the U.S. will be able to test streaming live video to their Facebook friends.
Facebook Expands Live Video to All US iPhone Owners
Facebook today increased the set of people able to make use of its live video feature to all iPhone owners in the U.S. Facebook first tested the service with celebrities and public figures before expanding to a small set of iPhone users back in December.