YouTube Adds Live Chat Replays, Automatic Captions

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With these changes, creators will find new ways of reaching more viewers and making their streams more interactive, but viewers will also see changes that should lead to a richer experience. YouTube is also rolling out Live chat replay.

"Live chat plays a key role in creating connections between creators and their community".

YouTube today announced some handy new features for live broadcasts and replays.

If you're a livestreamer, do any of these features draw you to use YouTube Live over a competing service? Utilizing YouTube's live automatic speech recognition (LASR) technology, creators will be able to add captions with error rates and latency "approaching industry standards".

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"When professionally provided captions aren't available, our new live automatic captions provide creators a quick and affordable way to make livestreams accessible to more people", said Kurt Wilms, YouTube's live video product lead. This means that viewers can follow a live chat even after the video over. The list includes automatic captions, chat replays and live broadcasts. And last, YouTube says that creators can now tie the "Super Chat" feature (which lets viewers pay to have their comment given more prominence) to IFTTT and smart home gadgets. The feature will roll out in the coming weeks. Other videos with the same location tag can also be explored by clicking on the location tag.

"Over 600 internet-connected services and devices (like lights, pet feeders and confetti cannons!) can be connected to Super Chat", writes Wilms.

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