YouTube Live, the video-sharing website’s live streaming service, is taking a big step ahead. Starting today, all channels in good standing with over 1,000 subscribers will be able to sign up for the YouTube Live service.

Initially restricted to only select partners and special events like music festivals or matches, the live streaming feature is now going to be available to a wider selection of content creators. To see if your channel is eligible to sign up for this feature, you can head on to your Account Features page and check for an “Enable” button.


More Live Channels coming!

YouTube has thrown open its doors for a larger amount of content creators nearly two years after this feature was first announced in beta. The service has been a well lauded one in these past two years with it streaming everything from the Coachella Music Festival to the London Olympics; IPL matches to Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic free-fall and everything in between.

Satyajeet Salgar, Product Manager at YouTube explained in a blog post that YouTube Live will allow content creators and channel owners to provide their audiences with a greater viewing experience. Creators will get real-time transcoding in the cloud thanks to which YouTube only needs to be sent the highest quality stream following which it will make it available in all resolutions and device formats. Users watching the stream will be able to skip back and forth in the live stream too.

Opening up Live for YouTube content creators seems like a great move on the service’s part considering it has also announced plans for a paid subscription feature. With live streaming and pay-per-view channels, YouTube seems bent on taking on the TV’s space with a vengeance. Considering the amount of time people spend on YouTube, it looks like Google’s video-sharing platform seems to be doing well for itself.

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