Google+ Hangouts On Air Now Available To All, Broadcast Live On A Whim

When Google launched their Hangouts on Air last year allowing recorded or live conversations with friends to broadcast,  they did so only to a limited number of broadcasters. Today, the search engine giant made the feature available to all Google+ users worldwide.

I can tell you this is one feature I plan on putting to use here on DroidDog very very soon!

Google Blog:

Last year we introduced Hangouts On Air to a limited number of broadcasters, enabling them to go live with friends and fans, for all the world to see. Since then, this small community has grown the feature in lots of creative ways. And they’ve made one thing crystal clear: when groups of passionate individuals can broadcast live, together, the results are truly remarkable:

 

Today we’re excited to launch Hangouts On Air to Google+ users worldwide. So if you have something to say—as an aspiring artist, a global celebrity, or a concerned citizen—you can now go live in front of a global audience. With just a few clicks, you’ll be able to:

  • Broadcast publicly. By checking “Enable Hangouts On Air,” you can broadcast your live hangout—from the Google+ stream, your YouTube channel or your website—to the entire world.
  • See how many viewers you’ve got. During your broadcast, you can look inside the hangout to see how many people are watching live.
  • Record and re-share. Once you’re off the air, we’ll upload a public recording to your YouTube channel, and to your original Google+ post. This way it’s easy to share and discuss your broadcast after it’s over.

Of course, launching millions of live stations takes some doing, so we’re rolling out Hangouts On Air gradually, over the next few weeks.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll share with the world.

Posted by Chee Chew, Engineering Director

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