YouTube Live gets location tags, automatic captioning, and more

Saul Franklin
March 2, 2018

The company says that since 2009, YouTube has a billion more videos with automatically generated subtitles.

First, Google is improving its automatic captioning service, with a live automatic speech recognition which parses streamers and automatically provides captions for their speech in lieu of professional captions.

After taking away a demographic data from creators last week, YouTube is giving something back and expanding its list of features for creators who film live stream videos.

Starting today, creators can add location tags to their live streams.

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. The new live automatic captions feature will enable creators to use a quick and affordable way to make their live streams accessible to more people thanks to YouTube's live automatic speech recognition technology.

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YouTube is one of the most popular Internet destinations for streaming video yet for the 360 million people around the globe that are deaf or hard of hearing, being able to enjoy everything the site has to offer isn't a guarantee. So are you already into this whole YouTube Live thing or are you interested to give it a shot?

They'll roll this out in the coming weeks, and will continue to improve accuracy and latency of automatic captions.

Live chat allows viewers to interact with creators during live broadcasts, but that isn't a new feature. The location tags can also be used to search for other videos with the same location tag.

Finally, you may recall that YouTube launched Super Chats previous year, enabling YouTubers' fans to pay to have one of their comments highlighted in a live chat - basically, it's all about ensuring your words are seen above all the other chatter. They can also connect to several other smart devices and get engaged with the real-time world with lights, a pet feeder, and confetti canons.

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