Hangouts On Air Moves to YouTube Live


Say farewell to Google's Hangouts On Air and hello to YouTube Live.

As of Sept. 12, all new broadcasts must be scheduled via YouTube; upcoming events will no longer be accepted on Google+.

Google launched Hangouts On Air in 2012. It differed from regular text and video chat Hangouts in that the conversations were recorded. Folks could launch a broadcast by opening a Hangout chat and selecting the option to record. Once finished, Google would automatically upload a public recording to the user's YouTube channel and add a link to Google+.

That procedure will soon change, though. With the launch of YouTube live streaming in June and the demise of Google+ in general, sustaining two live-streaming services is unnecessary. So starting next month, users will be prompted to navigate to Live Streaming Events in YouTube Live's Creator Studio. To set up a broadcast, open a new live event, select a "Quick" or "Custom" event, give your stream a title, and tap "Go live now."

Or, enter details to schedule an upcoming event. YouTube Live's built-in scheduling lets users program a future date and time for airing—similar to Google+ and Calendar integration in Hangouts On Air.

Whether you're an A-list celebrity reaching out to fans, a makeup artists sharing tutorials, or an experimental filmmaker, Google lets users control who sees each broadcast. When creating a new event, choose from one of three options: public (anyone can see), unlisted (anyone with a link can join), or private (only those invited can join).

Keep in mind, though, that the Q&A, Showcase, and Applause apps are not currently available on YouTube Live. If you're desperate, Google Slides has a Q&A feature that can be used in a broadcast; the Web giant also suggested using social media to gather questions ahead of the event.

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