Following last year's launch of the HTC RE "convenience camera", HTC just announced the upcoming launch of the promised YouTube live streaming capabilities which makes the RE quite unique. The RE's latest feature add-on allows consumers, bloggers and citizen journalists to easily share the moment by connecting the RE camera to their YouTube channel and sending a live broadcast link to viewers around the world. Available for Android devices Jan. 9, through a free update to the RE app in the Google Play store, the new live streaming feature allows RE users to not only capture great video with ease, but also to share special moments and favorite events with those who can't be there.
Sharing live footage with the RE camera is easy. Just sign sign in to your YouTube channel and activate live streaming. Once verified, broadcasting from the RE is a snap. Any live footage you wish to share is transmitted directly from the RE to your smartphone, which then sends the broadcast to your YouTube channel. The RE app furthermore allows to invite people to view the event by sending the broadcast link to tune in via SMS or social networks. Even if they can't watch it live, the link will continue to be active, even after the broadcast ends (see the test broadcast bellow).
Viewers do not need a YouTube channel to view broadcasts, and live streams can be broadcast in public mode, which makes videos available to anyone who has the link or discovers it on YouTube, or in private mode, which limits the broadcast to only those you share it with.
The free update will also be available for iOS later in Q1 2015 (launch date to be announced).
UPDATE 09.01.2015: As HTC confirmed, the streamed resolution is 4:3 480p, regardless of the bandwidth. This is a technical requirement set by YouTube; same for the 30-minute max time. Furthermore the smartphone's mobile connection is under all circumstances and is required. This is to maintain a full-bandwidth WiFi Direct connection between RE and the phone, plus maximum bandwidth to YouTube simultaneously.
Cheers ~ Arne