YouTube Tests Live Streaming Platform

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-09-13 Print this article Print

YouTube launches a two-day trial for its yet-to-be-released live streaming platform.

YouTube is preparing to launch a live streaming platform, beginning with a two-day trial period that kicks off Sept. 13.

The two-day testing period will start at 8:00 a.m. PT on Sept 13, said Joshua Siegel, product manager, and Christopher Hamilton, product marketing manager at YouTube, in a Sept. 12 blog post.

YouTube will launch the limited trial of its new streaming platform in conjunction with four of its partners: Howcast, Next New Networks, Rocketboom and Young Hollywood.

"This new platform integrates live streaming directly into YouTube channels; all broadcasters need is a webcam or external USB/FireWire camera," Siegel and Hamilton said in the post. "Included in the test is a 'Live Comment' 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."

This move means that YouTube content partners can stream video directly to end users in real time, and it puts the YouTube service into competition with entrenched players such as Ustream, Livestream and

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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