Google’s Hangout on Air discontinued on the 12th of September 2016. Users have to use Youtube Live to handle their live streaming needs. It is much easier to start a live steaming via Youtube Live.
You still have two options, namely to:
The chat feature is still available, but the following features are no longer available:
- questions and answers
Users of Hangouts on Air will still have access to content created before, but the link will be in read-only format in the Activity Log. The recorded events are still available on YouTube.
Google created Hangout in 2011, and Hangout on Air the following year (2012). When YouTube Live rolled out live streaming in 2013, live streaming found a more natural fit under YouTube’s wings. Instead of competing with YouTube, Google discontinued Hangouts on Air in favour of Youtube Live.