As from today, iPhone users will be able to live-stream to Youtube from their homescreens. The feature, which was currently available to Android users only, is being rolled out as part of several features to make itself more appealing to live streamers, including video game streamers.
In addition, YouTube is introducing the ability to live stream in real-time with little latency and is adding new tools for easier chat moderation, it says.
Youtube brings live streaming to iPhone/iPad users
The ability to live stream from the iPhone has been more of a gradual rollout, as YouTube slowly dropped the requirements on subscriber counts to gain access to the feature. Initially, it had made live streaming available to those who had 10,000 channel subscribers or more, then, in April, dropped it down to those who had just 1,000 subscribers or more.
Right now, anyone with more than 100 subscribers can live stream directly from their phone’s camera using the YouTube app on both iOS and Android.
Stream anything on your iPhone screen
What’s new today is that iPhone users can actually stream what’s on their screen to the main YouTube app. That means if you’re playing a game or even drawing a sketch on your iPhone, you can stream directly to YouTube.
This same functionality has been available to Android users for some time, but on iOS, YouTube had to implement support for Apple’s ReplayKit before it could make this feature possible.
YouTube’s standalone YouTube Gaming app had also leveraged ReplayKit, allowing gamers to live stream games from developers including Gameloft, Savage and Super Evil Megacorp. But now that it’s available from YouTube itself, streamers can show off their gameplay while using their mic and front-facing camera to add their own video and audio commentary to the stream.
The other enhancements rolling out today, meanwhile, are more focused on engaging with fans while streaming.
YouTube says it has implemented ultra-low latency, making it possible to stream video with only a couple of seconds of latency. That will allow gamers in particular to quickly answer fan questions and ask for input while streaming their “Let’s Play” videos, for example. The feature will not require any special software or encoders, the company notes in an announcement posted today on the YouTube blog.
Better Chat Moderation too
Better chat moderation tools are arriving today, too. Streamers can now quickly moderate their chat feed by pressing and holding the “Alt/Option” button on their keyboard to pause chat. This makes it easier to moderate the comments – to either remove them or approve them with a click. (For those who can’t stop what they’re doing to moderate chat, the option to delegate a moderator is available as well.)
Streamers can also choose to opt into a chat moderation system, where YouTube will flag and hold potentially inappropriate messages for review, allowing streamers to decide whether to approve, hide, or report the messages – just as they can with comments. YouTube says this feature will improve over time, as it learns what type of messages streamers object to.
Finally, a new option lets moderators share a hidden users list across comments and live chat, so they don’t have to double their efforts when handling bad actors. In the future, YouTube will make hides work both in live chat and comments at the same time, no matter where the action to hide the user first takes place, it says.