Google Decouple Hangouts on Air from Google Plus Redirect Users to YouTube Live

Starting September 12th 2016, Hangout users will be requested to migrate to YouTube Live to conduct sessions or Q&A’s. On the other hand, YouTube, owned by Google, also added live-streaming capabilities to its platform in May 2013 with loads of benefits like save BIG on webinar fees, unlimited viewers, share your screen or share your smiling face and automatic recording. Called YouTube Live, the service was rolled out to more and more users in the recent months.

Any person looking to schedule a Hangouts on Air after this time will need to use YouTube Live — not Google+ — and any existing events that are scheduled will need to rescheduled in YouTube Live. They even provided step-by-step guidelines on scheduling a Hangouts on Air using YouTube Live.

If you want to broadcast an unprepared meeting with YouTube Live, you’ll need to take the following steps:

First, go to Live Streaming Events in Creator Studio.

  1. Click New live event.
  2. Select Quick (using Google Hangouts On Air).
  3. Give your live stream a title.
  4. Click Go live now or enter in details to schedule your event for later.
  5. Use Hangouts to broadcast live.

This is still a beta program, so don’t count on it working well.

If you want to schedule an event, you need to follow the YouTube Live support instructions.

Either way, you can control who sees your broadcast:

  • Public – Anyone can see and access the event.
  • Unlisted – The event isn’t shown publicly but anyone with a link can join. This is identical to the previous Google+ Hangouts On Air setting.
  • Private – Only people you specifically invite can join the event. You can share the event with a domain, group, or individual.

In addition, you’ll need to set up a local live-streaming encoder. This alone makes streaming with YouTube Live much more complex.

More advanced Google+ Hangouts On Air functions will no longer be supported. These include Q&A, Showcase, and Applause.

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