Finally, Mobile Live Video Streaming Comes to YouTube

Look out Facebook, Periscope, et al ... Google has entered the mobile live video arena with the release of the YouTube live streaming app.

Six years after YouTube featured live-streaming for desktops in 2011, the company finally decided to bring the app to mobile.

YouTubers around the world have been waiting for this feature since the company announced it in June of 2016. It is here, but with a caveat. You need more than 10,000 followers to use the feature. This is a smart move on the part of YouTube, because it can continue to test the platform with power users and work out all the kinks. By the time the rest of us get it, which will be soon according to the company blog, it should be perfect.

YouTube is late compared to Facebook Live and Twitter with Periscope, but the sheer number of users it has and the way it is monetized probably led the company to take its time and get it right.

YouTube Live Streaming App

The streaming feature is built directly into the YouTube mobile app, having the same features as regular YouTube videos. The platform protects you from unauthorized use, and the streams can be found through recommendations, playlist or search.

To start streaming, you have to first confirm your channel has been verified. Also your account must not have been restricted for live stream in the past 90 days. You then enable streaming from the Creator Studio tools, go to Live Streaming, write a title, take a picture for the thumbnail, and start streaming.

Look out Facebook, Periscope, et al ... Google has entered the mobile live video arena with the release of the YouTube live streaming app.

Streaming starts immediately, and YouTube will automatically start and stop the stream for you at the right time. Events gives you more control with preview, start and stop features.

When it finally becomes available for everyone else, small businesses can augment their YouTube channel by engaging live with their audiences. Chefs, artists, DIYers, IT experts and many small operators can give lessons, interact and provide added value services for their customers. The only downside is that have to wait for the full roundup.

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Facebook Now Supports Video Streaming to Chromecast and Apple TV

Facebook Now Supports Video Streaming to Chromecast and Apple TV

HIGHLIGHTS

  • You can now stream videos to you TV from Facebook
  • Streaming available from iOS and web as of now
  • You can also see reactions to Facebook Live video while streaming

There must have been times when you wished that you could stream videos from Facebook to your television with as much ease as you are able to do with YouTube app on your smartphone. Now, you will be able to do just that as the social networking website has announced that its videos can now be streamed through devices such as Google Chromecast and Apple TV. The feature is rolling out on iOS devices and desktop shortly, and Android devices will get the support soon.

“You can already stream Facebook videos to Apple TV (and other AirPlay-enabled devices) or Chromecast (and other Google Cast-enabled devices) from an iOS device or your web browser, and soon you’ll be able to cast from Android devices to Chromecast as well,” Facebook said in a post on Thursday.

In order to stream a video from Facebook, you have to merely press the TV icon in the top right corner and select the device to which you want to stream the video. After the streaming starts, you can go back to the news feed and browse through other posts while the video continues to play on the screen.

“If you’re streaming a Facebook Live video to your TV, you can see real-time reactions and comments on the screen, and you can join in the conversation yourself by reacting or commenting,” the company said in its post.Considering the recent announcements by social networking giants, it is evident the companies are focusing heavily on videos. Last month, Twitter announced a new app for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Microsoft’s Xbox One that will allow users to get content from Twitter’s media partners.

Tags: Facebook Video Streaming, Apps, Google, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, Apple, Social
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Periscope Producer Extends the Live Streaming Service Beyond Phones

Periscope Producer Extends the Live Streaming Service Beyond PhonesTwitter is taking the smartphone shackles off its live-video service Periscope in its latest attempt to broaden its audience.

The Periscope Producer feature announced Thursday will let media companies and other users pipe live video feeds directly into Twitter, without using a smartphone to record the images. Since its debut early last year, Periscope had been confined to live video feeds taken on a smartphone.

During Producer’s testing phase last week, a Florida television station showing live video on its website used the new tool to redistribute the same feeds on Twitter. To start, Producer will be limited to a small group of media companies such as Disney’s ABC News and major brands such as Louis Vuitton. Others can apply for approval at http://t.co/periscopeproducer.

Periscope CEO Kayvon Beykour said Producer will be available to all comers soon, something that he acknowledged could lead to unauthorized redistribution of live video. Piracy has been an issue dogging Periscope since people began using the service to broadcast live video of movies and TV shows with their smartphones.

The Periscope extension ups the ante on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s bet that the increasing popularity of online video will help widen the messaging service’s appeal.Twitter already has been streaming more news, entertainment and sports events, including the National Football League’s Thursday Night games for 10 weeks during the season. Twitter hopes to build a following beyond people who rely on the service to tweet their thoughts and keep tabs on what’s happening around the world. Dorsey sees Twitter evolving into the go-to place for watching live video in a digital town square where people can share their opinions with each other.

Internet companies young (Snapchat) and old (Facebook) are scrambling to get on the live video train, though there are no easy ways to make advertising money off of them yet. That’s coming, though. Some companies are already experimenting with livestreaming for marketing purposes. Automaker General Motors, for example, launched out its electric Chevy Bolt EV using Facebook Live earlier this year. Media outlets, meanwhile, are livestreaming coverage of the presidential debates in ways not seen in any previous election.

With the latest move, Periscope joins other livestreaming services such as Twitch and YouTube that allow for broadcasts from sources beyond users’ smartphones. Facebook, meanwhile, has so far stuck to a mobile-only strategy. But even with Periscope’s expanded capability, Facebook has an advantage with a larger audience.

Since the end of 2014, Twitter has picked up just 15 million monthly users to expand its audience to 313 million people through June. During the same stretch, Facebook gained 319 million users to extend its reach beyond 1.7 billion people.

In an effort to distinguish Twitter from Facebook, Dorsey has been trying to position it as the “people news network” – though with little success since he replaced Dick Costolo as CEO 15 months ago.

Things have been looking so bleak that Twitter’s board last month hired investment bankers to woo suitors that might be interested in buying the San Francisco company, according to published reports that cited unnamed people familiar with the matter. The prospective bidders included Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., as well as Apple Inc., Salesforce.com and Walt Disney Co.

The possibility of a sale tantalized investors until other media reports made it seem unlikely that Twitter will strike a deal soon. With a sale apparently off the table, the company’s stock has dropped by nearly 30 percent in the past week. The shares fell 20 cents to $17.85 in early afternoon trading Thursday.

Tags: Periscope, Periscope Producer, Twitter, Jack Dorsey, Apps, Social
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Facebook Testing Video Streaming From App to TV via AirPlay, Chromecast

Facebook Testing Video Streaming From App to TV via AirPlay, Chromecast

Facebook Testing Video Streaming From App to TV via AirPlay, Chromecast
HIGHLIGHTS
Facebook is testing streaming support via AirPlay, Chromecast
For now, the implementation is pretty basic
Feature should be especially useful for commenting on live videos
Facebook, lately, has been all about videos. The social media giant has been pushing its video content to the top of the user’s feed signalling the company’s shift towards video streaming. After introducing live broadcasting on the site, Facebook is now testing a feature on both its Android and iOS apps that would allow stream Facebook videos to their televisions.

The company is planning to have this feature work with TVs that are connected to Apple TV or Google Chromecast, apart from AirPlay-connected televisions. “We’re currently testing updates to the Facebook app that provide better support for streaming videos from the app to your TV via AirPlay and Chromecast,” a Facebook spokesperson told Marketing Land, confirming the feature.

As of now, the AirPlay and Chromecast support is pretty basic, Marketing Land reports. Users can minimise the in-app video player so that they may scroll through their news feed while still having the video playing on their television. Chromecast users can also cue videos and create a playlist so that they can play one after the other, just in case one feels like binging.
With this new feature, it looks like Facebook wants to dominate the video streaming department as well. The feature is especially useful for Facebook Live streams as it will allow users to watch live videos on the big screen and leave the small screen for comments.

Facebook’s news feed algorithm already pushes videos to the top, attracting more people to watch videos. The new feature along with better, longer videos on the site is likely to help Facebook enter the living room space where services like Netflix and Hulu are presently dominating.

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Tags: AirPlay, Apple TV, Chromecast, Facebook, Facebook Live Video, Google, Google Chromecast, Video Streaming

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