Google has announced Hangouts On Air is being rolled out, a feature which aims to give Google+ users a way of broadcasting live video to anyone and everyone. On Air was originally introduced last September, but only a select few broadcasters and celebrities had the opportunity to use it -- that is, until today.
Hangouts On Air is an amped-up version of Hangouts, a feature which allows Google+ users to start up video chats with friends. Hangouts, however, have been limited to Circles, which has meant that joining a Hangout required a Google+ account. Unlike traditional Hangouts, Hangouts On Air will be available to anyone, regardless of membership status.
Additionally, the new feature will integrate with YouTube. When a public broadcast is finished and goes off air, Google+ can upload a recording to the user's YouTube channel. Once there, people may then share and discuss your broadcast even after it is over.
Broadcasters will also be able to see how many people are watching, manage users who join the Hangout and focus attention to certain members when desired.
The rollout, according to Google, will "take some doing" so the company plans on gradually introducing the feature. To get started, look for an option to "Enable Hangouts On Air" over the next few weeks.
Here's a list of some noteworthy, upcoming Google+ Hangouts On Air broadcasts.
- CBS This Morning: 05/08 @ 4:20am PST
- Cadbury UK: 05/11 @1:30pm PST
- Conan O’Brien: 05/08 @ 7:30pm PST
- The Nerdist: 05/11 @ 3:00pm PST
- CNBC: 05/10 @ 1:15pm PST
- Jamie Oliver on Food Revolution Day: 05/19 @ 5:00pm PST
- Global Poverty Project: 05/10 @ 4:00pm PST
- New York Times’ Opinion series