Improvements for YouTube Live have arrived, and one of the additions will make the live-streaming service a more viable competitor against Amazonâ€™s Twitch. Google is sending out a massive update to reduce latency, protect users from harsh comments, and encourage screen-sharing with iOS devices.
Gamers no longer have to deal with a noticeable delay between reality and a live-stream. Moving forward, they can enable ultra low-latency to bring the difference between the two down to a couple seconds. Live-stream hosts donâ€™t have to do anything outside of switching the latency settings from normal or low to ultra-low.
Smart, respectful comments are also vital for a successful live-stream. Unfortunately, people can be a little nasty regardless of the service used. The update to YouTube Live adds inline moderation, auto-moderation to hide questionable comments, and shared hidden user lists.
You can make sure your viewers feel comfortable watching a live-stream with hundreds, thousands, or millions of others.
Google is paying attention to Appleâ€™s devices, too. Anyone with an iOS device and the YouTube app can start streaming live directly from other apps. These mobile-based live-streams can have the phoneâ€™s microphone and front-facing camera activated for commentary, adding personality to whatâ€™s on the screen. YouTube Live is taking advantage of Appleâ€™s ReplayKit to achieve this integration.
The new features for YouTube Live are rolling out on web and mobile today.