As long as you verify your YouTube account and it's in good standing, you will soon be able to live stream video all across the globe.
YouTube has just announced that they are opening up live streaming to all channels. Back in May, the company opened up live streaming to all channels with 1000+ subscribers, but now even the little guys can livestream as well. The rollout will happen over the course of the next few weeks.
Here's what you'll get with YouTube Live:
YouTube Live allows you to offer your audience a great viewing experience, with great streaming quality and instant scalability and reliability. You get real-time transcoding in the cloud, so you only need to send us your highest quality stream and we make it instantly available in all resolutions and device formats. You can show multiple camera angles, add closed captions, and insert ads and slates. Viewers can watch the live stream from any device, get the best quality constantly adjusting to their Internet connection, and can skip back and forth in the live stream.
As far as that "good standing" requirement goes, all it means is that you've played nice over the years - no Community Guidelines strikes, no copyright strikes, and no videos that have been blocked worldwide by Content ID.
YouTube also announced some additional Google+ integration:
"To give you even more ways to connect with fans, you can now launch a Google+ Hangout on Air directly from the YouTube Live events manager. This gives you a simple way to reach your fans live and is the ideal way to to invite participants to join your show," says YouTube's Satyajeet Salgar.
Back in October, YouTube opened up their paid channels initiative in a big way. If your channel boasts 10,000 subscribers or more, you can now charge users to view your videos.
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