You can go live on YouTube if you have 1,000 subscribers


YouTube launched mobile live-streaming in February to users who had more than 10,000 subscribers. Now, the company is lowering its subscriber requirement to 1,000. As Google notes in its guide to live-streaming, channel owners just have to verify their channel — once approved, they can either start a live stream from Creator Studio or the YouTube mobile app.

While YouTube users could go live from a number of platforms, including Facebook and Periscope, YouTube thinks they’ll want to stick within the app because of its Super Chat feature, which lets creators monetize their streams. With Super Chat, viewers pay to pin their comment to the top of the live chat window. The amount they pay affects how long their comment stays pinned and how it’s highlighted. A similar feature exists on Twitch.

YouTube appears to be adjusting its creators-focused tools recently; earlier this month, YouTube also adjusted its partner program. Creators now can’t turn on monetization until they hit 10,000 lifetime views on their channel.

Still, dropping the number of required subscribers means we’ll likely see a lot more live content.


Didn’t the Galaxy S7 have this as a built-in feature in its camera app? Does that also require this 1000 sub limit?

Am I the only one who thinks "Super Chat" is stupid name?

wait is hangouts on air dead?

So streaming games on my PS4 to YouTube via the Share button won’t work unless I have 1000 subscribers?

Had a similar question. It sounds like mobile only

From the YouTube link in the article: Introduction to live streaming

Note: To be eligible to use YouTube live on mobile, your channel must have more than 1,000 subscribers.

I think they’re late to the game. Facebook has this market cornered.

That’s nonsense. Especially if you’re a person trying to gain an audience & profit from it. Facebook doesn’t have that market cornered at all, YouTube does. If we’re speaking about just random talking heads sharing a moment of their lives, sure Facebook plays a bigger role in Live. But if we’re talking about viability for a brand or personality to make the most out of that Livestream experience, YouTube has that on lock.

Anybody here remember Justin dot tv when it was in its heyday around 2007?
A couple of years before the youtube early adopters and twitter had just started up.
People could start live streams and gain quite an audience and the chat made it interactive.
People didn’t do it for money. Just for fun. Those were the good old days.

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