YouTube to open up live streaming to more channels

While YouTube is still the single biggest video website there is, other sites such as Twitch and Ustream have generated large amounts of visitors on their own due to their live streaming video features. This week, Google announced that their in-house live streaming options will be expanded to offer more channels.

In a post on YouTube's blog, it revealed that any channel on the site that has 1,000 subscribers or more and is considered to be in "good standing" with regard to following the site's community rules will be able to enable live streaming video channels, which should go live "in the following weeks."

The screenshot above shows the kinds of analytics data that channel operators will be able to view for their live streaming programs. Live videos will support multiple camera angles, and operators can also put in closed captions and ads in the live stream. The blog added, "Viewers can watch the live stream from any device, get the best quality constantly adjusting to their Internet connection, and can skip back and forth in the live stream."

Google used an example of YouTube's live stream features on Wednesday, as it showed the entire Google I/O keynote speech live on the site.

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