Google has this week started rolling out their Google+ Hangout On Air broadcasting features to Google+ users worldwide. Allowing any Google+ users to setup their own Hangout and go live in front of a global audience.
Since its launch last year Google+ Hangouts On Air has been restricted to a number of test broadcasters. But now the features have started to roll out worldwide, and will be available to all Google+ users over the next few weeks.
The new features within the Google+ Hangouts On Air include the ability to :
- Broadcast publicly. By checking “Enable Hangouts On Air,” you can broadcast your live hangout—from the Google+ stream, your YouTube channel or your website—to the entire world.
- See how many viewers you’ve got. During your broadcast, you can look inside the hangout to see how many people are watching live.
- Record and re-share. Once you’re off the air, we’ll upload a public recording to your YouTube channel, and to your original Google+ post. This way it’s easy to share and discuss your broadcast after it’s over.
For more information watch the video below or jump over to the Google Official Blog for more details.
It’s been about a year since YouTube took the betatag off of its live video streams and to celebrate it’s flipping the switch on a few new features. One major way to pull in better content is to allow its publishers to profit from it, and now they can either by charging viewers pay-per-view-style or through instream ads. On the backend they have improvements like a guided flow to follow before events go live and real time data breaking down their viewership by geography and format. Finally, Google is also provided Wirecast for YouTube Live free of charge, a bit of software that it says allows partners to do all the production (capture, switching between sources, live effects and overlays and more) necessary for “professional looking” live events. There’s more information available after the break, but as long as this means we never have to see another jump cut vlog then we’re all for it.