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What’s New This Week
YouTube Expands Mobile Live Streaming and Launches Super Chat: YouTube rolled out mobile live streaming to “every creator with more than 10,000 subscribers” and announced that other creators will have it “soon.” YouTube announced that mobile live streaming is built “directly into the YouTube mobile app” and has “all the same features as regular YouTube videos” such as search, the ability to find videos through playlists and recommendations, and protections from unauthorized use. YouTube began testing this new feature last June with a select group of creators.
YouTube also released Super Chat, “a new live stream monetization tool… [that] lets any fan watching a live stream stand out from the crowd and get a creator’s attention by purchasing chat messages that are highlighted in bright colors and stay pinned to the top of the chat window for up to five hours.” YouTube began beta testing Super Chat in January and has since opened it to creators in more than 20 countries and viewers in over 40 countries. A complete list of the eligibility requirements for Super Chat and the countries where it’s currently available can be found on the YouTube Help page.