It’s a feature that both Facebook and Twitter are already offering with Facebook Live and Periscope respectively. YouTube has announced today that its mobile app will start allowing users to broadcast live video for the first time.
And, just like Periscope, viewers will be able to comment on the broadcasts in real time with the words appearing along the side of your phone screen.
“YouTube mobile live streaming will be baked right into the core YouTube mobile app,” the company said in a blog post .
- YouTube’s viral sensation Lonelygirl15 is back after seven years – and the internet has gone into a tailspin
“You won’t need to open anything else, just hit the big red capture button right there in the corner, take or select a photo to use as a thumbnail, and you can broadcast live to your fans and chat in near real time.
“Mobile live streaming will have all the features your regular videos have – you’ll be able to search for them, find them through recommendations and playlists and protect them from unauthorized uses.
“And since it uses YouTube’s peerless infrastructure, it’ll be faster and more reliable than anything else out there.”
- YouTube goes down across the globe leaving vloggers in despair
YouTube hasn’t given a specific date for the arrival of the feature, but says it will be available to general users “soon”.
In the meantime, there are other options available if you need a livestreaming fix.