YouTube subscriber-only discussions, polls and video sharing are now available to all streamers

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YouTube adds three new features for live streaming.

Starting July 15, YouTube streamers will be able to limit their chats to subscribers only, create polls inside their chats that will only be available to their subscribers, and their viewers will be able to create snippets of their most popular gaming streams. popular.

The three new features are said to have been borrowed from Twitch, YouTube’s live-streaming service rival.

YouTube’s three new features

The new features have been around for months now on Twitch. The features are important for streamers because they allow them to engage with their community and filter who they interact with on their accounts, according to Eurogamer.

Limiting chats to subscribers can help Youtube streamers moderate the chat because it allows them to weed people out, giving trolls fewer opportunities to harass streamers.

The feature also encourages its viewers to pay in exchange for exclusive content. As for polls, they are useful for engaging with viewers in chat rooms and allow streamers to ask for feedback on certain topics.

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Creating short clips is also important for discovery. Since most viewers won’t sit still and watch hours of live streams, Twitch’s slicing tool lets them view and share the best moments from their favorite streamers’ videos.

YouTube, on the other hand, made the slicing tool available to creators with more than 1,000 subscribers, but said the tool will be rolling out in the future to all creators, regardless of number of subscribers. subscribers they will have.

Like the chat feature, clips had been given to a few creators on YouTube to test out. It’s unclear when YouTube will officially launch the feature.

While Twitch is still the most popular site for live streaming, YouTube Gaming and Facebook Gaming have had their share of glory.

According to Streamlabs, YouTube held a quarter of the market in terms of hours watched in the last quarter of 2020, while Twitch got two-thirds of all viewership for 2020.

Offline and 4K downloads

Along with the three new features added to YouTube Gaming, the streaming service also announced that YouTube TV has added two new features: offline downloads and 4K playback.

The services are bundled into a new add-on package called 4K Plus, according to The Verge.

4K Plus officially launched on July 14 and will cost $19.99 per month on top of the $64.99 YouTube TV subscription.

Customers of the new service will be able to enjoy a one-month free trial, and if they sign up early, they can get the 4K Plus service for $9.99 per month for the next 12 months.

The offline download feature of the 4K Plus service will allow you to download any content from YouTube even without an internet connection, and you can also watch them.

Despite rolling out all these new features and services, YouTube still has a long way to go to catch up with its rivals, especially Twitch.

However, these features can be seen as a small step in helping and supporting streamers to grow and thrive on the platform.

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Shirley K. Rosa