YouTube’s new live streaming platform debuted featuring material from four content partners: Howcast, Next New Networks, Rocketboom and Young Hollywood. AFP Siegel and Hamilton said in a blog post that the new platform integrates live streaming directly into YouTube channels. YouTube has featured live streaming of a number of events including White House speeches and press conferences, a concert by Irish rock megastars U2 and Indian Premier League cricket matches. “Based on the results of this initial test, we’ll evaluate rolling out the platform more broadly to our partners worldwide,” YouTube product manager Joshua Siegel and product marketing manager Christopher Hamilton said. YouTube, in a move that highlights the Google-owned video-sharing site’s broadcasting ambitions, launched a two-day trial this week of a live streaming video platform. Broadcasters need to be equipped with a webcam or external USB/FireWire camera. YouTube has been experimenting with more live events as Google seeks ways to turn the site it purchased for $US1.65 billion in 2006 into a money-making venture.
YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steven Chen. Photo: AP