YouTube is looking to offer live streaming services to users that would compete directly against the likes of UStream, Justin.tv, and Livestream. In conjunction with content partners such as Rocketboom and Young Hollywood, YouTube is launching a two-day trial of live streaming. YouTube will be looking at both live streaming of video and also live comments within the live video streams.
Josh Siegel, a product manager at YouTube, has said, “This is just an initial trial, a first step… We’re going to look at a whole bunch of data about the performance of our new platform and then, based on that, make decisions about how we’ll open it up, with the goal of opening it up to all of our partners over time.”
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