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YouTube rolls out 3 updates for live streams

YouTube rolls out 3 updates for live streams

YouTube’s path to feature parity with Twitch continues as the company announces only three updates to live streams.

These updates extend the availability of an existing feature while bringing two new features to live streams on YouTube.

The new tools being rolled out will make it easier for creators to interact with their live audiences and keep them engaged throughout a stream.

YouTube live stream updates include:

VotingSubscribers-only FeaturesExtension of the clip feature


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YouTube does not break anything new with these features. Rather, it is to catch up on what are standard offers from live streaming competitors like Twitch.

Learn more about these updates and how they can improve your next YouTube stream.

Three new features for YouTube Live Streams

Live polls in chat

YouTube channels can now create and manage live polls on streams and rewards.

Live polls can e.g. Used to ask your audience’s opinion on the current topic of discussion.

Create a live poll by following the steps below:

Schedule or start a live stream or premiere. At the bottom of the chat window, tap Create a poll. Create your poll, then select Ask your community. Tap End poll from banner at the top of the chat to see results.


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Voting can have between 2-4 options and can only be seen live. They do not show up in live chat repeats.

Live polls can only be created from YouTube on a computer, not a mobile device.

Chat with subscribers only

A new option to make live chats available only to subscribers can help moderate live chat and create more connections.

This feature can be enabled during live stream setup or during live broadcast – directly from Live Control Room settings.

To enable chat with subscribers only:

Go to Live Control Room. From your live stream, click Edit. Click on the live chat button. Under “Who can send a message”, select Subscribers. Optional: Choose how long viewers need to subscribe before they can send live chat messages. Click Save.

You can choose how long (hours, days, weeks, months, years) people need to subscribe before they can send live chat messages.

When chat with only subscribers is turned on, the audience is notified that it is on and how long they need to subscribe to send messages.

Expansion of clips

YouTube is expanding the rollout of Clips, a feature that has been tested with a limited number of creators.

Clips allow viewers to select a segment of 5-60 seconds (both video uploads and streams) that can be shared with others on YouTube and across third-party platforms.


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Once channels have enabled clips, viewers can select the clip icon on the video and select a part to convert into a clip.

The clip runs repeatedly, plays back on the original video’s watch page, and all views from viewer clips are attributed to the original video.

For more on how to create a clip on YouTube, here are some step-by-step instructions.

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