YouTube is catching up with other streaming services by allowing content creators to live stream from mobile devices. The rollout of this feature is being staggered for some reason, and is currently only available for those with at least 10,000 subscribers.
Mobile live streaming is baked directly into the YouTube mobile app, allowing creators to quickly get started without having to do any additional work. According to YouTube, the streamed videos will have the same features as regular videos, and can “even be protected from unauthorised use”. We assume this is for after the video have been saved for later viewing.
This feature is not exactly new to the world of live streaming. Facebook introduced it last year, and Twitter also got on board late last year. YouTube is technically late to the party, with the rollout to everyone still being held back.
It’s unknown when everyone will be able to live stream from mobile devices on YouTube. The press release failed to provide a time frame, and we assume that this announcement is more of a pilot programme for serious creators so that YouTube can work out any bugs that turn up.