YouTube trials interactive live video streams. Goes head-to-head with Ustream, Justin.tv

YouTube trials interactive live video streams. Goes head-to-head with Ustream, Justin.tv

Look out Justin.tv, Ustream and other services that allow users to stream live video – YouTube is now firmly on your patch.

YouTube has announced that it is today launching a two-day trial of a new self-service video platform. The platform consists of a new, embeddable video player. All that’s required for live streaming is webcam or external USB/FireWire camera. A “Live Comments” module is included in order to get instant feedback on the live stream.

The two-day trial (embedded below) starts today at 8am PST and features content from four partners: Howcast; Next New Networks; Rocketboom and Young Hollywood.

YouTube says that following the trial it will evaluate the possibility of rolling this feature out more widely. However, this is unlikely to be available to all YouTube users straight away. YouTube says it wants to roll it out to its partners worldwide. In other words, businesses with partnership deals with YouTube. That said, we’ve speculated previously that YouTube could be preparing a paid ‘YouTube Pro’ service. Live streaming could well be one of the perks of such a service if it ever materialises.

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