YouTube announced five new live streaming features, some of which are currently in testing and others that will be released later this year.
These features are previewed in a video on the Creator Insider YouTube channel. They include:
- live together
- live episodes
- Direct forwarding across channels
- Watch split screen without interruption
- Direct FAQ
Here’s more about each of these features and how they will enhance your YouTube live streaming experience.
1. Live Together – Collaborative Live Streaming
YouTube is currently running a small beta test for a feature called Go Live Together.
This is a collaborative streaming feature for mobile devices. Go Live Together allows creators to invite guests to broadcast with them by sending a link.
The host who creates the live stream can invite and vet their guests before going live to their viewers.
Note that the guest channel and user information will remain hidden while broadcasting.
As the host of a Go Live Together broadcast, you’ll be able to see your broadcast analytics in YouTube Studio as you would any other live broadcast.
On the other hand, guests will not be able to see the analytics.
Pre-roll and mid-roll ads can appear in Go Live Together broadcasts, but guests won’t benefit from them either. Advertising revenue will be attributed to the host channel.
YouTube will look to increase the number of creators who can access Go Live Together after beta testing.
2. Live Episodes
YouTube is working on adding live episodes throughout the platform.
These rings will help viewers determine when the channel is airing by adding a ring around the channel’s profile picture.
Live Episodes aims to increase discovery and viewership of a creator’s live broadcast on YouTube.
Clicking on the profile picture with the live badge ring will direct the viewer to the active live stream.
Live episodes can currently be viewed on select screens on mobile devices and will be extended via YouTube later this year.
3. Direct cross-channel forwarding
A third feature in the works is called Direct Cross-Channel Redirects.
Today, content creators with at least 1,000 subscribers can use a feature called direct forwarding Directs viewers from a live broadcast or premiere to another live broadcast or premiere on their own channel.
However, they cannot send their viewers to a live broadcast or premiere hosted on another channel.
With the launch of live cross-channel redirects, content creators with at least 1,000 subscribers, and no active community guiding offenses, will be able to direct their viewers to a live stream or premiere hosted on a different channel.
The channel being redirected to can add the channels they want to allow to be forwarded to, or allow all channels to be forwarded to.
4. Split screen viewing on mobile
YouTube is working towards uninterrupted viewing of live broadcasts by taking a split-screen approach with two different viewing experiences for mobile devices.
In the recline Video and Live Chat Experience The live chat interaction panel will sit to the right of the screen, replacing the live chat overlay from the classic view.
the lie down Or try the collapsed live chat that allows video to be full screen when viewed in landscape mode. The chat is then represented by the number of viewers in the lower right corner.
When the number of viewers is clicked, it returns the viewer to a file recline the situation.
the lie down The experience will display teaser from important moments in the chat, such as polls, to make sure the viewer doesn’t miss a thing.
YouTube has started rolling out these two to viewers and they should be fully released by the end of the week.
5. Live Q&A
Another upcoming feature that YouTube is looking forward to launching in the next few months is live questions and answers.
With Q&A Live, the viewer will be able to submit questions during the live broadcast at the prompt of the content creator.
Questions answered by the creator will be temporarily pinned to the top of the live chat, encouraging other viewers to submit questions of their own.
For more information on YouTube’s roadmap of new live streaming features, watch the full video below: