YouTube launched the ability for its creators to stream live video on their channels last year, but the rollout has been a careful one, restricted to a relatively small range of partners – top YouTubers and big media in the main. Now it’s expanding considerably. “All channels in good standing with over a thousand subscribers are now eligible to apply for live streaming,” explains YouTube in a blog post. That opens the feature up to many more music artists keen to broadcast live to their fans, with YouTube handling all the transcoding necessary to make those streams available in varying resolutions and device formats. Ads can be inserted in the streams to make money, too.

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