Even though YouTube removed a demographic data from creators recently, it is giving something back in return – an expanded list of features for creators who film live stream videos.

Based on the information given in an announcement found on the YouTube blog, love streaming is going to include chat replay, automatic English captions, location tags, and IFTTT (If This Then That) technology integrated in the Super Chat monetizing tool.

With this new chat replay, live chats that happened during a broadcast will show up along side replays of the video exactly as they appeared during the live broadcast.

As this new feature rolls out in the coming weeks, live stream videos are going to be given the option to include automatic English captions powered by live automatic speech recognition technology.

“When professionally provided captions aren’t available, our new live automatic captions provide creators a quick and inexpensive way to make live streams accessible to more people,” writes Kurt Wilms, YouTube’s live video product lead. He added that creators will get captions with error rates and latency approaching industry standards.

Not only are there updates to chat replay and captions, creators will be able to add location tags to their mobile live streams, and even explore other videos with the same location tag by clicking on it.  For Super Chat — a monetizing feature that lets viewers pay money to have their video comments highlighted in the chat stream — YouTube is integrating IFTTT technology.


“Over 600 internet-connected services and devices (like lights, pet feeders and confetti cannons!) can be connected to Super Chat,” writes Wilms. Already available on desktop and Android devices, YouTube says it is rolling out support for Super Chat on iOS devices today.

YouTube’s live streaming was made available last February to creators with 10,000 subscribers. In April of last year, the sited dropped that number to 1,000, opening up live stream to more of its creator-base.

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