YouTube begins testing live video streaming platform

Darren Allan

September 13, 2010

YouTube is trialling a new live video streaming service today and tomorrow.

Previously, the Google owned video behemoth has covered events such as Obama’s State of the Union speech and the likes of U2 concerts. But now it’s planning something much bigger than mere one-off events.

The video sharing site has announced on its official blog that it is partnering up with Howcast, Next New Networks, Rocketboom and Young Hollywood to integrate live streaming directly into YouTube channels today and tomorrow. The results of this trial will be used in deciding whether or not to roll out the service more broadly on a global scale.

All a broadcaster will need is a webcam or external USB camera to get their footage directly onto YouTube, with a live comments module being designed to make the experience a more interactive one for viewers.

Although it’s likely that not just anyone will be able to whack up their live streamed footage onto YouTube for obvious reasons, rather, just Google’s media partners.

YouTube wrote on its blog: “Bear with us as we test this new platform as there may be some bumps along the way.”

The shows you’ll be able to watch include a Tony Hawk interview, and Magic Secrets Unlocked; nothing particularly exciting, but that isn’t really the point.


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