FB Live, Twitter and Periscope have more reason to worry. YouTube will soon allow all users to live stream videos from their app, the company said on their blog.
YouTube will be launching the feature with The Young Turks, AIB, Platica Polinesia, SacconeJolys, and Alex Wassabi at VidCon and will roll it out more widely in the coming weeks.
youtube liveHowever, there is already a tab on YouTube’s app which shows which live streams that are currently playing and includes a a live chat. It looks like a lot of news channels such as TV9, AajTak and Asianet News already have live news beaming onto the app and the website.
Users need to tap a big red capture button right in the corner, take or select a photo to use as a thumbnail, and they can broadcast live to your fans and chat in near real time. YouTube says that the live streams can be searched on the app and will also give recommendations and playlists.
Where YouTube does better: Like YouTube said on its blog, it has had live streaming since 2011 and has covered a lot of events live such as the Royal Wedding (groan), Felix Baumgartner’s jump from space and even the Coachella music festival this year. It also has fabulous music stations which stream music all day such as this. It’s just surprising why YouTube didn’t allow users to live stream earlier.
Compared to other live streaming services from Facebook, Periscope and Meerkat, YouTube clearly has an edge as it allows users to search for live streams on the app. Periscope and Meerkat, however, have one flaw which does not allow to store videos which are streamed. Meerkat immediately deletes the video while Periscope stores the video on for one day.
Facebook and YouTube can archive the videos which can be viewed later.
However, Facebook can share live videos on the “Update status” line and users can also choose the audience they want to share it with. Facebook is limited when it comes to the reach of its live streams and is only for people who follow you or friends and family. So it can be used for more intimate moments like videos of babies walking. In a sense, Periscope and Meerkat work more as a broadcasting medium.