Youtube gives live-stream opportunities to select groups

Youtube has begun allowing certain members to stream live videos online, this select group features mainly partners of the company. This is a huge change in the functionality of the site, which up until now, only gave users the chance to upload videos which have already been created. Now, certain members will be able to simply press a button and stream live video to the world. YouTube hasn't said how many live castors it will allow, although they have explained they intend "to provide thousands of partners with the capability to live stream from their channels in the months ahead."

According to CNET, YouTube wrote on the company blog, "In order to ensure a great live stream viewing experience, we'll roll this offering out incrementally over time."

In 2008 YouTube tested out streaming live content and said they planned to have it available by the end of the year, although they ended up only using it to live-stream some of their events, such as press conferences.

In September of last year, YouTube gave live-stream privileges to other partners including Next New Networks, which Youtube now owns. Adding a live stream service mean that YouTube will now be able to compete with similar services from sites such as, Bright cove, Ustream, justin.tv and Livestream.

This new feature is likely to help YouTube with it's plan of bringing more original content to it's programing.

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Choto Cheeta said,
Is it new, I mean we were watching cricket, like the last IPL and this IPL also live via Youtube !!!

True, Indian Premiere League cricket streaming has been live on youtube since last year. But the article states that its expanding to more partners.

I had to create a new youtube account, because 3 years ago I uploaded a video from American idol called "American Idol ***** Lips" Well it got taken down and my copyright status was "not good". So I gave it 3 years and it was still strike 1 of 3, not in good standing. All the while I was trying to get a producers account so I could upload longer tech videos. Finally I just gave up and created a new youtube account and deleted the videos from the other one and put them on the new one. We shall see how this turns out.