YouTube opens mobile streaming for all

Isaac Cain
May 19, 2017

In the original launch of this function they had imposed a requirement to have at least 10,000 followers and with this recent change it was reduced to 1,000 subscribers.

This is a little odd, but while Google execs spent a fair amount of time at a seemingly interminable I/O-opening keynote in Mountain View yesterday talking YouTube's historical evolution, recent achievements and a few new features, the video-sharing website's users were left to discover an important upgrade for themselves. According to latest reports, the company has dropped the 1k subscriber limit altogether. We've already seen quite a bit of trouble with Facebook's livestreaming feature, and with anyone having access to YouTube's version, that may just continue.

Earlier this year, YouTube reduced the subscriber requirement for users when it came to streaming from mobile.

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YouTube first added the live-streaming option in the mobile app for a select few past year, enabling them to broadcast live video from their smartphones with a simple push of a button.

Assuming that a user meets the bare minimum requirements set by YouTube, the live stream button should appear at the bottom right-hand corner of the YouTube app after tapping the video icon. Android Police notes that anyone with live streaming restrictions from the past 90 days will still be barred from mobile live streaming. However, it is still only available to a relatively small subset of users.

Google has silently lifted restrictions on one of its YouTube features that many couldn't have used until now: the ability to go live.

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