Google has released a statement that it’s taking the decision to move away from the live television news service live555 as a result of the growing popularity of its new live video streaming app.
The statement from Google said it was taking the step “to ensure that live555 is the preferred way to view news”.
It said: “We will continue to use live555 for news content on our YouTube and Google+ channels, but we will stop supporting it on YouTube and YouTube News.”
Google’s decision to stop supporting live555 comes just days after it announced it had made its first ever move away with the company’s mobile apps, announcing it was cutting the live news service from its Google+ app in April.
The company also said it would stop supporting YouTube Live for mobile, though it didn’t specify when that would happen.
Google+ Live’s live video app has been in development for more than a year, with Google and YouTube initially talking about the service in 2015.
However, the two companies eventually opted to focus on Android-based versions of the app instead.
Google was also reportedly planning to move Live555 over to Google TV, though that hasn’t been officially announced.
Live555 has been around since 2016, and has been featured on Google+ Hangouts, YouTube and the Google Search results.
The live video service has also been featured in news broadcasts across Australia, including a story on the ABC’s The Current program in March, and a story about the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s new online news service in May.
The move comes as Google faces growing competition from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
Live YouTube app Google says it will be rolling out a new live TV app for Android, Android TV and Google TV that will include live video content from the company and other partners.
The new app will come out next year, and will be available for free to existing users of the Android TV app, but will also be available to users who have an existing subscription.
The app will allow users to search for news, sport, business, entertainment and other content on their Android devices.
Google says the app will be able to serve up more than 1.5 billion live videos in its YouTube and Facebook apps, and is expected to be available in Australia in late 2018.