[UPDATE] YouTube Live Streaming Drops 1,000-Subscriber Requirement

May 18, 2017 - Written By Dominik Bosnjak

Update:

YouTube clarified that its mobile live streaming feature still isn’t available to all users and the latest expansion is only a part of a limited test. While the company has been experimenting with the functionality for almost a year now, it is “still only available to a relatively small subset of users,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement provided to Android Headlines. The original story is as follows.

The YouTube Live streaming feature dropped the 1,000-subscriber requirement that was introduced in early April, making the functionality available to nearly all registered users. The Google-owned online video service has been slowly releasing its broadcasting feature since the turn of the year, rolling it out to content creators with at least 10,000 subscribers in February before lowering that requirement ten times last month. Following an extensive testing period, YouTube is apparently finally ready to offer the service to everyone, though the company has yet to officially announce its global availability. Regardless, numerous users of the service with less than 1,000 subscribers are confirming that they’re now able to broadcast videos, with the change seemingly rolling out overnight, the day after Google I/O 2017 started.

The YouTube Go Live feature has been in development for over a year now, with the Google-owned company clearly stating that it’s looking to put a larger focus on improvised, real-time content. YouTube’s decision to roll out the functionality to everyone is likely the latest step in the company’s efforts to compete with Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media services that allow their customers to broadcast videos to their subscribers and other users whenever they want. Following the newly introduced terms of use, the broadcasting feature of YouTube is available to all subscribers who have a verified channel and haven’t been issued with any live streaming restrictions in the last 90 days.

To “Go Live” on YouTube, tap the floating action button (FAB) located in the bottom right corner of the user interface, which will provide you with an option to chose whether to record content you want to broadcast in advance or start streaming video in real time. YouTube reportedly expanded the availability of the live streaming service via a server-side switch that’s likely rolling out in stages, meaning it may take a few days until all verified channels are able to use it. The platform itself is still in its infancy and is relatively limited in terms of monetization options that are available to creators, though the Google-owned firm is expected to add more features to it in the near future.