YouTube has announced that it is expanding the roll-out of its live-stream guests feature to more countries. This feature allows YouTube creators to invite other YouTube creators to join them live on their streams. The feature was first launched in the US in September of 2019, and is now being made available in Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
As explained by YouTube, the new feature will allow you to invite a viewer to join you for a live stream, and then the viewer can add their own camera feed to the broadcast.
The option has been available to a limited number of users since last year, with the larger rollout now set to kick off from next week.
Here’s how it works:
You can invite a viewer to your live stream who will appear in the live chat window and can then add their camera feed to the broadcast.
You can invite a viewer to your live stream who will appear in the live chat window and can then add their camera feed to the broadcast. The viewer you invite will appear in a small box on your screen, similar to how you would see a guest on a talk show.
You can move the viewer’s box around your screen, and the viewer can also choose to turn their camera off at any time.
The option provides a new way to interact with your audience and invite them into your live stream, rather than just having them watch from afar.
It could also be a useful option for collaboration and discussion, particularly with the current restrictions on in-person meetings.
The new live stream option will be available to all YouTube users from next week.