YouTube is testing out live streaming of videos today and tomorrow. Announced on Sunday, YouTube is working with four partners, Howcast, Next New Networks, Rocketboom and Young Hollywood, to test out this new functionality.
This new platform integrates live streaming directly into YouTube channels; all broadcasters need is a webcam or external USB/FireWire camera. Included in the test is a “Live Comments” module which lets you engage with the broadcaster and the broader YouTube community. For the purpose of the trial, this offering will only be available today and tomorrow.
With the ability for viewers to interact, this could make for an interesting and new potential platform.
Based on the results of this initial test, we’ll evaluate rolling out the platform more broadly to our partners worldwide.