It is a truth universally acknowledged, that in any given boring moment, a mobile user can be sucked into the YouTube blackhole. And while it is true that for the average person, watching endless clips of funny cats, toppling dominoes, or Rube Goldberg machines is nothing to be ashamed of, other people may not be too proud of their viewing history. And for sure, nobody wants to have their YouTube home page bombarded with more weird Russian dance videos after accidentally viewing a Dance of the Babushka clip.
It seems YouTube is making its mobile live streaming feature more and more available to all users by reducing the number of subscribers needed for one to enjoy access to the functionality. But Google is making it clear that it still is not made available to everybody. Officially, YouTube mobile live streaming can only be accessed by a limited number of account holders for now.
Need further proof that more and more users are going into mobile live streaming nowadays? Well, YouTube’s app has risen to the top of the App Store charts just a few days after it decided to drop its mobile live streaming requirement down to just a thousand subscribers. Before, the mobile live streaming feature on the app was only made available to users with at least 10,000 subscribers.
Some may remember that back in February earlier this year, YouTube had started to allow users to directly live stream to their channel from their mobile devices. That capability, however, had only been made available to people with at least 10,000 subscribers. Well, here is some good news -- the world’s most popular source of video content has since reduced the requirement to just 1,000 subscribers. Sure, the feature is not yet accessible to everyone, but with the lowered requirement, it should now prove reachable for those who have a decent sized follower base.
During this year’s VidCon (an event focusing on the online video market) held in the city of Anaheim, California, YouTube took the opportunity to reveal that it has added a live streaming feature to its mobile app. It appears that live streaming features have become the rage right now, with Facebook touting its Live feature while Twitter has its Periscope, and YouTube would do well to join in on the program. But with Internet giants such as YouTube and Facebook now offering live streaming services, will wireless carriers be able to handle all that load?
Chalk this up as another victory for T-Mobile. The third biggest wireless carrier in the United States has announced that its Binge On feature has now added YouTube, as well as eight other video content providers that include Discover Go, Fox Business, Google Play Movies, Baeble Music, ESNE TV, FilmOn.TV, KlowdTV, and Red Bull TV. The total number of video content provider partners for T-Mobile’s Binge On service is now at 52.
John Legere, the chief executive officer of T-Mobile, may be one of the most outspoken head honchos of any corporate out there, but he sure knows when to say sorry when out of line. Indeed, in light of the recent bad publicity with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Legere is issuing an apology to the organization for his offensive remarks he made a week ago.
Mobile users do not have a problem with the Binge On service, at least according to John Legere, the outspoken chief executive officer of T-Mobile, who continues to defend the video streaming feature it introduced nearly a couple of months ago. In a blog post published this week, Legere reiterated that customers should try the feature, and not mind what the critics are saying.
Binge On, the new video content viewing feature that T-Mobile introduced nearly a couple of months ago, continues to take a lot of flak. When it first announced its newest service, the third biggest wireless carrier in the United States had promised that the feature would provide a top quality, zero buffering experience for mobile users, especially those who are subscribers of T-Mobile’s Simple Choice postpaid plans.
Many may have already heard about T-Mobile’s Binge On feature. This service basically allows qualified subscribers of the third biggest wireless carrier in America to to stream video content from a limited list of services, which include Netflix, HBO, and Hulu, just to name a few, without it affecting their data allotments. A little more than a week ago, YouTube (which is not included on Binge On, by the way) had accused T-Mobile of throttling its videos.
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