YouTube terms


Real-time video broadcasting on YouTube.

What is a livestream in YouTube?

A livestream on YouTube is a feature that allows users to broadcast real-time video content to viewers. This can be done either through YouTube's mobile app or desktop site. The livestream feature is often used for broadcasting events, tutorials, Q&A sessions, gaming, concerts, and more. It provides an interactive platform where viewers can engage with the broadcaster through live chat, likes, and super chat donations.

The livestream can be public, unlisted, or private, depending on the broadcaster's preference. Public livestreams can be viewed by anyone, unlisted ones are accessible only to those with the link, and private ones are restricted to specific users. Once the livestream ends, it can be archived on the channel for future viewing. YouTube also provides analytics for the broadcaster to track the performance of their livestream.

How to set up a livestream on YouTube?

Setting up a livestream on YouTube involves a few steps. First, you need to sign in to your YouTube account. Then, click on the video camera icon at the top right corner of the screen and select "Go Live". If you haven't verified your account yet, you'll be prompted to do so. After verification, you'll be directed to the YouTube Studio page.

On the YouTube Studio page, select "Stream" from the left-hand menu. Fill in the necessary details for your livestream such as title, description, and privacy settings. You can also schedule your livestream for a later date. Once you've filled in all the details, click on "Create Stream". You'll then be directed to the stream setup page where you can set up your encoding software. After setting up your encoder, you're ready to start your livestream.

How long can a YouTube livestream be?

A YouTube livestream can technically be as long as you want it to be, as there is no specific time limit set by YouTube for livestreaming. However, if you want to archive the livestream for later viewing, YouTube only archives the first 12 hours of the stream. This means that any content beyond the 12-hour mark will not be saved for later viewing.

It's also important to note that YouTube's policies and guidelines must be adhered to during the livestream. Any violation may result in the stream being interrupted or taken down. Additionally, the ability to livestream may be limited or removed for channels that have received community guideline strikes.

Can you monetize a YouTube livestream?

Yes, you can monetize a YouTube livestream. There are several ways to do this. One of the most common methods is through ad revenue. YouTube allows you to display ads on your livestreams, and you earn money based on the number of views and interactions these ads receive. This is subject to YouTube's monetization policies and you need to be part of the YouTube Partner Program.

Another way to monetize your livestream is through Super Chat and Super Stickers, features that allow your viewers to pay to have their comments or stickers highlighted during the livestream. Additionally, you can also make money through channel memberships, where viewers pay a monthly recurring fee to get unique badges, new emojis, Members-only videos, etc. However, these features are only available in some countries and for channels that meet certain requirements.

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