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MegaMeister
13th September 2010, 03:10 PM
Youtube will dip its toes into live streaming video.

The outfit is to run a two-day trial that will allow users to view live events through the video sharing website. Youtube thinks that it needs to do some real world testing before rolling out its software that allows broadcasters to use Youtube as a delivery system for programmes.

Apparently all would-be Youtube video streaming broadcasters need is a webcam or video camera with USB or Firewire connectivity to broadcast live through its software.

It's not surprising to see Youtube tackle the considerable challenge of providing live television over the Internet. Youtube's parent company Google has been trying to get in bed with telecoms operators in the US, presumably to arrange some sort of higher quality of service agreements for its products.

Increasingly television manufacturers are starting to incorporate applications, including Youtube viewers, directly into their TV sets. Google's plan with a live Youtube with adverts, coupled to television manufacturers wanting to include applications could very well mean the Apple TV is well and truly dead.

What is not known at this point is whether Google's formidable network infrastructure can withstand serving live content during peak times, such as the World Cup final, without incurring jitter or stuttering. As we experienced, the BBC failed miserably with its Iplayer during the World Cup matches, however with Youtube hiring talent rather than throwing licence payers' money down the drain, it might have a better chance at delivering what the public wants.

The Enquirer

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
18th September 2010, 04:41 AM
What is not known at this point is whether Google's formidable network infrastructure can withstand serving live content during peak times, such as the World Cup final, without incurring jitter or stuttering. As we experienced, the BBC failed miserably with its Iplayer during the World Cup matches, however with Youtube hiring talent rather than throwing licence payers' money down the drain, it might have a better chance at delivering what the public wants.



I can hardly wait to see how this pans out.