YouTube announces live video will be offered by end of 2008


In the video above (courtesy of the lovely Sarah Meyers from Pop17), the rumour about YouTube offering live video is confirmed, by none other than YouTube co-founder Steve Chen himself.

Chen claims it will happen in “2008. We’ll do it this year” and that “live video is just something that we’ve always wanted to do, we’ve never had the resources to do it correctly, but now with Google, we hope to actually do it this year.”

With YouTube to offer live video later in the year, that puts a lot of pressure on live-streaming platforms, such as Justin.TV, Ustream…

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Katherine HannafordYouTube announces live video will be offered by end of 2008

Opinion: "If it weren't for technology, I wouldn't get my Mum sending me a homemade Christmas cake every Chrimbo"

kat-blog-photo.jpgKatherine Hannaford writes…

Being voluntarily ejected from the Australian womb close to four years ago, staying connected with my family is of huge importance to me. Thank goodness my parents and sister don’t expect me to write long-winded letters like we would’ve done had I left 20 years ago, as obviously with the invent of email and IM every man and his dog has access to that form of communication. Except for my grandmother, but that’s something I’m working on.

What I’m talking about however is other ways in which technology has improved my relationship with my family, through the use of the Xbox 360 Live, Skype, web-camming, YouTube, various social networks and blogs, and a very clever way of using Twitter.

Take a look below for how technology has ensured I still receive a knitted scarf and homemade Christmas cake at the end of every year from my family back in Australia…

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Katherine HannafordOpinion: "If it weren't for technology, I wouldn't get my Mum sending me a homemade Christmas cake every Chrimbo"

BitTorrent debuts ad-supported live-streaming films & TV, 'Watch Now'

Here’s one for the landlubbin’ pirates amongst us…oh hai, it’s everyone, is it? Everyone’s favourite online property, BitTorrent has just launched a massive ‘Watch Now’ live-streaming section, with over 1,000 films and TV episodes, all for free.

For close to a year…

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Katherine HannafordBitTorrent debuts ad-supported live-streaming films & TV, 'Watch Now'

Joost to enter live-streaming market early 2008

joost-logo3.jpgNow that Joost has opened the floodgates and are allowing minions in willy-nilly, they’ve announced a huge incentive for people to join up. From early 2008, they’ll be live-streaming TV in the US, as well as their usual pre-packaged video fare.

Sadly it looks like it’ll start out streaming sports first, and then hopefully enter the full-blown television…

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BlogTV.com creates Facebook application to stream video live

blogtvbeta.jpg Stuart wrote about BlogTV.com a few months back, the live-streaming video service which allows everyone to be famous for 15 minutes. If you can manage to find someone to watch you, that is.

If you’ve already fooled around with BlogTV.com in the past, but thought it pointless, as no-one you know ever watches…

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Katherine HannafordBlogTV.com creates Facebook application to stream video live

YouTube Video of the Day – Britney Spears' MTV VMA comeback doesn't go to plan

YouTube isnt just great for cool stuff. It’s also great to see videos of people falling apart. The latest celeb to find their mind-a-wanderin’ is poor ol’ Britney Spears who, after her comeback performance at the MTV VMAs, has found herself named ‘the worst performance in history’. Terrible lip-synching, dazed bumbling around stage, vacant expression. It’s a classic!

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Mof GimmersYouTube Video of the Day – Britney Spears' MTV VMA comeback doesn't go to plan

Watch the Chemical Brothers fire lasers at Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square

It's a meeting of British icons: the Chems meet the Admiral at last night's Trafalgar Square gig in London. I swear I saw the grand old statue shake a leg too. The loose tech angle is, well, lasers (and the N73 used to record them).

Watch below, then click over the jump for some more over-excited mobile footage from the landmark gig.

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Stuart DredgeWatch the Chemical Brothers fire lasers at Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square