Watch YouTube Videos With Friends On Google+ Hangouts [News]

Matt Smith 03-08-2011

Watch YouTube Videos With Friends On Google+ Hangouts [News] youtubehangoutthumbGoogle+ Hangouts 10 Awesome Google Hangouts Tricks You Should Definitely Check Out Google Hangouts has several useful hidden features that promise to make chatting and video calling smoother and more fun for you. We'll show you what you can do with them. Read More , the group video chat feature that lets friends talk face-to-face online, is adding another trick up its sleeve – live streaming YouTube YouTube Launches YouTube TV for Cord Cutters YouTube has announced the existence of YouTube TV, a new over-the-top TV service set to launch within the next few months. Read More . This new feature lets up to ten people watch YouTube live streams together.

Currently, it is possible to use live feeds with hangouts, but only through the following 5-step process.

  1. Start a Hangout session and invite friends.
  2. Visit YouTube’s live stream page and select a feed.
  3. Copy the YouTube video I.D. of the stream.
  4. Search for the I.D. in the Hangouts video tab.
  5. Once the stream is found, click play.

This is cumbersome, and is not how Google intends for the feature to be used in the future. Instead, live streams will be added to Hangout’s existing YouTube tab.

Watch YouTube Videos With Friends On Google+ Hangouts [News] youtubelivehangout2

Eventually, this functionality will be added to live stream pages as well, allowing users to join a Hangout that is specific to a stream. This would make it possible to share a link with friends and watch with them through YouTube itself, rather than starting a Hangout and inviting friends one-by-one.

Google still has a lot of work to do on Hangouts and its integration with YouTube. Better filtering will be needed to make sure Hangouts centered on videos don’t become excessively distracting, and the ten person limit is also a potential issue, though there are ways to work around it. Still, this is a promising and unique feature that will hopefully become an asset to Google+.

Source: Gigaom

Related topics: Google Plus, YouTube.

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