YouTube adds live streaming features

Broadcasts will become even more powerful streaming platform

After taking away a demographic data from creators last week, YouTube is giving something back and expanding its list of features for creators who film live stream videos. The site's Super Chats feature, which lets viewers buy promotional placement for their chat messages, is also getting an upgrade with IFTTT integration, which lets streamers connect these messages to other apps and services. "Live chat replays will show up alongside the video, exactly as it appeared live", says Kurt Wilms, YouTube Live Video Product Lead, Google.

"Live chat plays a key role in creating connections between creators and their community". This is good news for creators as well as viewers, as the essence of the video being "live" isn't lost. First, live videos can now take advantage of automatic caption creation in English, something that's been available to on-demand videos since 2009. The feature will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

These captions utilize the company's live automatic speech recognition (LASR) technology, which is "approaching" industry standards for error rates and latency. There's also going to be a function where users can filter search results by location to find videos that have been tagged from a particular region. Announced a year ago, Super Chats have been available on desktop and Android for some time.

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Additionally for creators, your Super Chat can be integrated with IFTTT, meaning a Super Chat can trigger a real-life event. They can also connect to several other smart devices and get engaged with the real-time world with lights, a pet feeder, and confetti canons.

Super Chat is already available on desktop and Android devices, with support for iOS devices rolling out starting today.

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