Hangouts on Air is moving to YouTube Live

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Google's making some pretty big changes to its Hangouts on Air functionality as of 12 September. 

From that date, users of the service will no longer be able to schedule On Air Hangouts through Google Plus; instead they will have to use a new service called YouTube Live.

YouTube added that events scheduled on Google Plus for dates on or after 12 September will have to be moved to YouTube Live. 

Before you get started, you'll need a verified YouTube channel and no live streaming restructions in the last 90 days.

You will also need an approved AdSense account linked to your YouTube account to embed your live stream on the site. You also need to have no live streaming restrictions in the last 90 days and enable live streaming in your Creator Studio tools.

Once your channel’s enabled, click 'stream now' to go live with your broadcast. Users also have the option to preview the event before it goes live, with backup redundancy streams and the ability to start or stop whenever you want.

Much like Hangouts on Air currently, you can schedule events for a future date and time, create a public, unlisted or private event and continue to have access to recorded events on YouTube. Google Plus will have past event content available in read-only format in your activity log.

Apps such as Q&A, showcase and applause aren’t yet available on YouTube Live, but there is a Google Slides’ Q&A feature you can use as part of a broadcast. 

For those who have used Hangouts on Air as part of marketing or social campaigns in the past, this is a slight shake up due to the need for an AdSense account - but most organisations should be fine.

What do you think of the Hangouts on Air changes?

 

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