Google quietly announced this week that Google+ On Air hangouts will no longer be available in four weeks. The users will be asked to use YouTube Live instead of the older platform. Google first debuted its livestreaming feature for Hangouts in 2011, long before a lot of other companies even hopped onto the bandwagon. The feature was, for at least a while, exclusive to select celebrities.
Since 2013 and the debut of YouTube Live, however, more and more users started switching platforms and Google Hangouts wasn't the success that it once was. Now, Google has finally decided to combine the two to streamline the procedure. Any existing events scheduled to happen on Hangouts on Air via Google+ will now happen on YouTube Live.
Hangouts on Air will still exist, but they won't be connected to Google+, which means they will probably just die a slow death.
According to Venture Beat, to use Hangouts on Air with YouTube Live, you should follow these steps:
- Go to Live Streaming Events in Creator Studio.
- Click "New live event."
- Select "Quick" (using Google Hangouts On Air).
- Give your live stream a title.
- Click "Go live now" or enter in details to schedule your event for later.
- Use Hangouts to broadcast live.
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