Soon, you’ll be able to broadcast video from your phone’s YouTube app. Taking a cue from Facebook and Twitter, YouTube today announced that mobile live streaming will be available in its app for mobile devices, which totally makes sense given its history with live broadcasting. It has previously live streamed the Royal Wedding in 2011, and in the following year, Felix Baumgartner’s momentous leap from the stratosphere.
The announcement is a major win for content creators who have been begging for a Periscope and Facebook Live competitor from the Google-owned company that has built its business on democratizing video creation and consumption. And it comes just as Periscope seems to be reaching new heights of popularity. Yesterday, U.S. Democrats used the platform to broadcast a sit-in protest over gun-control legislation when TV cameras couldn’t. The Periscope stream was viewed by more than 32,000 people.
Despite competition from fellow industry giants, YouTube appears confident enough in its platform, adding that “it’ll be faster and more reliable than anything else out there.” It also helps that all mobile live streams, like regular videos, will be searchable wherever YouTube is available, and will be protected from unauthorized use. We’d love to see Periscope and Facebook Live take YouTube’s lead to keep their users happy.
For now, only a select few can stream from the app, but YouTube says the new feature will find its way to more users “soon.”
Source: YouTube Creator Blog