Google-owned YouTube announced on Tuesday that creators who have more than 10,000 subscribers can now stream live video on mobile. This feature has been built directly into YouTube’s mobile app for iOS and Android. If you’re a YouTube creator with 10,000 subscribers, launch the app and hit the capture button to start streaming instantly. Streamed videos have all the same features as regular YouTube videos, meaning they can be searched for, found via recommendations or playlists and protected from unauthorized use.
The team also introduced new monetization options for live streamers in the form of a new Super Chat feature, available to creators in more than 20 countries and viewers in more than 40 countries. With Super Chat, people watching a live stream can get its creator’s attention by purchasing chat messages.
These are highlighted in bright colors and stay pinned to the top of the screen for up to 5 hours. The color of your Super Chat, the period of time it stays pinned in the ticker and the maximum message length are determined by the amount of your purchase.
More about Super Chat can be read in Google’s dedicated post.
Mobile live-streaming uses YouTube’s existing peerless infrastructure, meaning your live videos should be faster and more reliable “than anything else out there.”
Google did not specify say when the ability to stream video live through the mobile app might arrive for the rest of us beyond hinting that it’s coming soon.