iPhone Users Can Now Live-Stream Their Screen Straight to YouTube
Within the past five years, live-streaming has evolved from a format primarily used for breaking news into a means for gamers, YouTubers, and everyone else who can download an app, to make money. The app store, both on Android and iOS, is becoming flooded with apps similar to live.me, which allow broadcasters to monetize their streams (as long as they have enough dedicated followers/viewers who are willing to donate in app currency). Now, YouTube, in an effort to stay ahead of the game, has updated its iOS App to give greater flexibility to live-streamers.
iPhone users can now live-stream their phone’s screen directly to YouTube without the need for 3rd party apps. So, if “Billy” is in the process of creating an awesome sketch he created on his iPhone or about to beat a high ranking team on VainGlory, he can live-stream the process with little to no hassle.
The New feature places YouTube in a stronger position when it comes to competing against Amazon-owned Twitch, which according to a study by Streamlabs released this summer, has a larger number of average concurrent streamers and stream viewers than YouTube.
This same functionality has already been available to Android users, but on iOS, YouTube had to implement support for Apple’s ReplayKit before it could launch the feature.
Additionally, YouTube is introducing the ability to live stream in real-time with little latency and is adding new tools for easier chat moderation. Streamers can now moderate their chat feed by holding the “Alt/Option” button on their keyboard to pause the chat making it easier to moderate the comments. Those who don’t have time to moderate the discussion can opt into a chat moderation system, where YouTube will flag and hold potentially inappropriate messages for review. YouTube says this feature will improve over time, as it learns what type of messages streamers are flagging.