Product features

YouTube Live Streaming & Premieres

YouTube Live

Every day, people from around the world come to YouTube to experience the world’s biggest cultural moments. Whether hosting a live charity event, a town hall or a press conference about breaking news, YouTube Live and Premieres allow Creators to bring viewers together in real-time to learn, discuss and to form new social communities.

YouTube Live is an easy way for Creators to reach their community in real time. Whether streaming an event, teaching a class, or hosting a workshop, YouTube has tools that will help manage live streams and interact with viewers in real time.

Creators can live stream on YouTube via webcam, mobile, and encoder streaming. Webcam and mobile are considered great options for beginners and allow Creators to go live quickly. Encoder streaming is ideal for more advanced live streams such as: sharing creator’s screen or broadcast your gameplay, connecting to external audio and video hardware, and managing an advanced live stream production (like multiple cameras and microphones).

For a step-by-step guide, download the Digital Events Playbook in your language.

Premieres allows Creators and their audience to watch and experience a new video together, similar to a movie or TV show premiere. Premieres let Creators schedule a video upload and create a public watchpage that can be shared in advance of the premiere.

Moderating a channel’s live chat makes our YouTube community more welcoming and healthy. YouTube offers live chat moderation tools to help prevent harassment and make everyone feel safe. Some of these tools include: assigning moderators, blocking words list, holding inappropriate chats for review, slow mode, and turning off Live Chat. Before starting a live stream or debuting a Premiere on YouTube, we encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with our moderation tools and Community Guidelines to keep live chat positive for viewers.

For Creators to monetize their live stream or Premiere, their channel needs to be part of the YouTube Partner Program (YPP). Creators have several ways to earn money from live streams and Premieres: Ads, Super Chat and Super Stickers, and Channel Memberships.

*Feature availability varies by country and we are working to expand to more countries.

Our browsing destination YouTube Live is where viewers can always find the most compelling live events happening on YouTube. Viewers can also subscribe to their favorite YouTube live-streaming channels to be notified of upcoming live streams and Premieres.