April 11th, 2011, 18:38 PM
YouTube unveils live-streaming service
YouTube is expanding its video offerings, launching a live-streaming service to complement its catalog of recorded videos.
Executives late last week took the wraps off YouTube Live, which integrates live-streaming capabilities into the YouTube platform.
YouTube also launched a new page where users can go to find listings of live events.
As of Monday afternoon, viewers could watch live games from Indian Premier League Cricket and a Stanford University lecture on the impact of the tobacco industry on global health.
At this point, not just anyone can live stream video on the site. The company has worked that out with a select list of partners. However, YouTube is hoping to grow that list in the coming months.
"We'll also start gradually rolling out our live streaming beta platform, which will allow certain YouTube partners with accounts in good standing to stream live content on YouTube," wrote YouTube's Joshua Siegel, a product manager, and Christopher Hamilton, a product marketing manager, in a blog post . "The goal is to provide thousands of partners with the capability to live stream from their channels in the months ahead."
Full story: Computerworld