It hasn’t even been two months since YouTube dropped the barrier for entry into its mobile live streaming service from 10,000 subscribers to 1,000, but if a new report is to be believed, the video site may soon lowered that barrier even further. According to Android Police, mobile live streaming on YouTube will become available to anyone with a verified account that has no relevant restrictions on it, and some users are apparently seeing the change on their own devices.
As part of its report, Android Police shared the screenshot shown above, in which a YouTube account with fewer than 1,000 subscribers is presented with the option to start a mobile live stream.
When YouTube’s mobile live streaming feature first launched at last year’s VidCon, it was made available only to a select group of top creators. In February 2017, channels with at least 10,000 subscribers gained access to it, and two months after that, YouTube extended the same privilege to channels with 1,000 subs and up.
YouTube isn’t only making its mobile live streams more accessible; it is also giving creators new ways to monetize them. At the Google I/O conference, the video site announced an update for its Super Chats feature, which gives special visibility to paid comments from viewers.
If you still need to verify your YouTube account, you can begin that process by clicking here. Android Police notes that anyone with live streaming restrictions from the past 90 days will still be barred from mobile live streaming.
[UPDATE 5/18 2 PM ET: YouTube has issued a statement claiming that it has not yet fully expanded mobile live streaming as the Android Police report claims. “We’ve been experimenting and expanding mobile live streaming for almost a year now,” the statement reads. “However, it is still only available to a relatively small subset of users”.]