YouTube working on live streaming

I’ve been sitting here in the San Jose Convention Center where Google’s sales and operations team have been having an in-house event. Al Gore spoke yesterday and a bunch of bloggers were on a panel today. Anyway, random Googler’s have been coming by all afternoon while I’ve been using the wifi to keep up on the comments and Twitters coming in thanks to my redesign.

So, a few YouTube engineers have come by and I keep asking them if they are working on live streaming features. They are very aware they are getting outrun by streaming services like Ustream, Stickam, Justin.tv. They are more worried about cell phone videos like Qik, Flixwagon, Bambuser, and Kyte.tv. They tell me they see tons of people at concerts using their cell phones to record video and know that’s a big market that they’ll need to serve. Funny enough, several of them mentioned Seesmic and Seesmic’s new video comments. Since those are only five days old now, it’s surprising that they’ve gotten on the radar screen so quickly. Yesterday Loic Le Meur, CEO of Seesmic, told me they are seeing huge growth and have hundreds of blogs who’ve already deployed those new comments.

The employees quickly add “you didn’t hear it from me” and aren’t willing to tell me dates or other details (the devil is in the details) but it’s clear that YouTube’s leadership realizes that they’ve slipped behind in innovation and are going to start putting out some new stuff to keep its brand fresh.

Looking forward to it. YouTube has a huge audience compared to all these other newer services, so it’ll be interesting to see what they do in response.

34 thoughts on “YouTube working on live streaming

  1. that’s welcome news! Youtube is widely used here in the Philippines and live streaming feature would definitely be a big help especially that our country is composed of 7,000 plus islands. It would make this archipelago more accessible, productive, and hopefully move forward as well.

  2. that’s welcome news! Youtube is widely used here in the Philippines and live streaming feature would definitely be a big help especially that our country is composed of 7,000 plus islands. It would make this archipelago more accessible, productive, and hopefully move forward as well.

  3. and in more important news: ADOBE just announced they will release the Flash format specs and will drop all licensing fees in regards to playback and creation of the Flash format. This includes .flv files as well as the Air runtime.

    This is pretty huge!!! It pretty munch means the Flash format is now open source!

    The first impact? Be prepared to see Flash format support on the iPhone…

    … oh, and the fact that Flash probably just killed Microsofts hopes of making Silverlight a Flash killer.

  4. and in more important news: ADOBE just announced they will release the Flash format specs and will drop all licensing fees in regards to playback and creation of the Flash format. This includes .flv files as well as the Air runtime.

    This is pretty huge!!! It pretty munch means the Flash format is now open source!

    The first impact? Be prepared to see Flash format support on the iPhone…

    … oh, and the fact that Flash probably just killed Microsofts hopes of making Silverlight a Flash killer.

  5. I’m a little afraid of the content we’re going to see with YouTube streaming. It seems like we’ll see a lot of content being put out there that shouldn’t be. A lot of copyright violations, nudity, underage stuff and so on.

  6. I’m a little afraid of the content we’re going to see with YouTube streaming. It seems like we’ll see a lot of content being put out there that shouldn’t be. A lot of copyright violations, nudity, underage stuff and so on.

  7. Jason: Loic told me yesterday afternoon the number was up to 250.

    Justin: I didn’t sense that it’s that close. But at least they are starting to admit that they are working on some of these things.

  8. Jason: Loic told me yesterday afternoon the number was up to 250.

    Justin: I didn’t sense that it’s that close. But at least they are starting to admit that they are working on some of these things.

  9. “Funny enough, several of them mentioned Seesmic and Seesmic’s new video comments. Since those are only five days old now, it’s surprising that they’ve gotten on the radar screen so quickly. Yesterday Loic Le Meur, CEO of Seesmic, told me they are seeing huge growth and have hundreds of blogs who’ve already deployed those new comments.”

    Why the over-hype?

    I was standing there with you yesterday when Loic said that about 150 Seesmic blogs had deployed video comments thus far.

    Video comments are an interesting idea but is are they really the next big breakthrough?

  10. “Funny enough, several of them mentioned Seesmic and Seesmic’s new video comments. Since those are only five days old now, it’s surprising that they’ve gotten on the radar screen so quickly. Yesterday Loic Le Meur, CEO of Seesmic, told me they are seeing huge growth and have hundreds of blogs who’ve already deployed those new comments.”

    Why the over-hype?

    I was standing there with you yesterday when Loic said that about 150 Seesmic blogs had deployed video comments thus far.

    Video comments are an interesting idea but is are they really the next big breakthrough?

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