YouTube's new mobile streaming service lets users broadcast video directly from the YouTube app.
(CCM) — YouTube has announced a new service that will allow users to make live video broadcasts directly from its mobile app. The new app-based live broadcasting service was launched at the VidCon online video conference yesterday and will be rolled out to all users soon. To start broadcasting, users will simply press a big red capture button in the corner of the app's screen and take or select a photo to use as a thumbnail, Kurt Wilms, Product Lead at YouTube, explained in a blog post. Users will also be able to chat onscreen in near-real time while they broadcast. YouTube's app will allow users to search for live streams, find them through recommendations and playlists, and protect them from unauthorized uses, Wilms said.
The move will put the YouTube app in direct competition with Facebook's Live service and Twitter's Periscope, but YouTube believes that its existing Internet infrastructure will make its service faster and more reliable. YouTube has offered live streaming of major events, such as the Royal Wedding, on YouTube since 2011; earlier this year, it pioneered 360-degree live streaming at the Coachella Music Festival in California.
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