Published: Fri, March 02, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

YouTube Adds Live Chat Replays, Automatic Captions

YouTube Adds Live Chat Replays, Automatic Captions

Improving the live streaming feature of YouTube was a tactful weapon for Google and aimed at giving a hard-hitting answer to its rivalries such as Periscope of Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

The new features are meant to expand the audience of YouTube Live broadcasters, and keep viewers engaged with content after broadcasts have ended. Chat replays will show up alongside a video, exactly as it would have appeared live.

Google announced a smattering of updates to YouTube Live today, the biggest among them being automatically-generated English captions for live videos.

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


As you can imagine, adding automated captions to livestreams is a huge undertaking, as it requires real-time speech recognition and rendering to ensure the on-screen words are synchronized with the sounds as neatly as possible.

English automatic captions will now be part of your live stream.

Perhaps the most important innovation YouTube Live will soon become automatic captions.

Finally, you can add location tags to streams so viewers can explore streams by location and perhaps get a fuller experience of a location remotely.


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.

They can also use the location filter on the search results page to find other videos from a specific spot. Super Chat released on desktop and android a year ago.

Super Chat is already available on desktop and Android devices, with support for iOS devices rolling out starting today.


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