This is not the first time I heard about this. The last time I watched a live telecast directly in YouTube was when Google announced Instant.
Perhaps that was also part of the ongoing trials of the new live streaming platform. Last Sunday, Google announced that by Monday at 8:00AM PT, YouTube will begin a limited trial of the new live streaming platform in conjunction with four of its partners namely: Howcast, Next New Networks, Rocketboom and Young Hollywood. In a blog post,
This new platform integrates live streaming directly into YouTube channels; all broadcasters need is a webcam or external USB/FireWire camera. Included in the test is a “Live Comments” module which lets you engage with the broadcaster and the broader YouTube community. For the purpose of the trial, this offering will only be available today and tomorrow. Based on the results of this initial test, we’ll evaluate rolling out the platform more broadly to our partners worldwide.
Check out the widget below to watch live streaming of the participating channels during the trial.
Though the live streaming of video content couldn’t be embedded on other websites, it’s still a great move for Google competing with the likes of UStream, Justin.TV, etc. What do you think?