YouTube has announced that all verified YouTube users will "be able to live stream live video to the world." The feature will be rolling out over the next few weeks, we are told. In other YouTube news - a day or two ago there was a sudden wave of copyright strikes against users who share video game footage for tutorials etc. Games developers aren't behind YouTube's crackdown and many are in fact trying to help iron out any issues, reports IGN.
YouTube live streaming
YouTube has announced that live streaming facilities will be available to all verified users with an account in 'good standing' soon. I've just checked my wife's cooking channel and it is already listed as a feature within the Video Manager section, so it's rolled out here...
The feature expansion also allows YouTubers to launch a Google+ Hangout on Air directly from the YouTube Live events manager. The blog post explains that is a good thing, as it provides; "a simple way to reach your fans live and is the ideal way to invite participants to join your show".
YouTube issues for gaming channels
Also this week there has been a lot of gnashing of teeth by YouTube channel owners whose channels are based around gaming. It seems that lots of videos were snagged by YouTube's copyright content ID filters which then 'wrongly' issued copyright claim notices and stopped any kind of monetisation. Reports are that even video makers who had been asked by games publishing companies to make videos/reviews/guides for their games have been snared in this copyright mess.
The copyright claims aren't just about Nintendo this time around, reports IGN. It is apparently due to an update of YouTube policies and a lot of gaming content from many publishers has been affected. In the latest update to the story Nintendo, Ubisoft, Blizzard and Capcom have all stated that they will help people affected by 'content ID matches'.