November 09, 2012

YouTube adds 16 Categories to Live Home Page

YouTube's Live Home Page - where a list of all events streaming live or scheduled to stream live appear, has a new layout - adding a list of 16 categories (and new graphics too).
Because YouTube continues to provide its partners the capability to stream live, more live content is being produced. This new layout allows viewers to easily search live content within the following categories. Each category has a dedicated page and is setup similar to an individual YouTube channel where the viewer can subscribe to it.
Subscriptions are sparse with a few channels and Gaming appears to be the most popular.


News & Politics



Google+ Hangouts On Air

Autos & Vehicles




Film & Animation

Howto & Style

Nonprofits & Activism

People & Blogs

Pets & Animals

Science & Technology

Travel & Events

Additional notes:

  • YouTube provides special featured events at the very top of the YouTube live home page. 
  • All events that show up on the live listings are created as 'public' events by the channel partner. 
  • Events with more viewers appear at the top of a listing within each category. It appears that if an event is live but there are no viewers, or the event is not receiving a stream (an error message appears) then that live event will still show up in the listings.
  • Although Google+ Hangouts On Air has its own category, there still appears to be HOA events within other categories.

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