According to GigaOM, the new feature allows for 10 people to watch a live-streaming video over a single chat. This means that you can watch major events, like the Coachella Music Festival, with people from all over the world.
If you want to give it a try, follow these steps:
- Start a Hangout session in Google+ and invite your friends to join.
- Go to YouTube’s live-streaming page and select a live stream.
- Copy the YouTube video I.D. of the stream. If you don’t know where the I.D. is located, click the share button and it’s the code after the slash in the youtu.be URL.
- Go to Hangouts and search for the I.D. in the video tab.
- Click play.
YouTube also plans to make the experience personal. When you go to a live streaming video on YouTube, you’ll be able to see which of your friends have already joined a Hangout for that video. There’s no word on when that feature will launch, but YouTube says it’s in the works.