Yahoo! Live Video Streaming Launches and Crashes

February 8th, 2008 at 12:00 am

Amid the ruckus Microsoft has been making on Yahoo, Yahoo has launched their new service called Yahoo Live which was announced by Jerry Yang at CES 2008 in January.

Yahoo Live is a video platform for live video streaming, chat and surfing where users can in real timewatch videos together while IMing and surfing.  Yahoo claims that the service is still in experimental mode.  The service started working fine until a thousand users signed on and when that number increased, the service was practically useless.  Yahoo politely displays their error message saying that they weren’t prepared for the influx.

[image courtesy of TechCrunch]

Live streaming is not such a bad idea and Yahoo is the first of the huge web companies to dip its hand in the market which is currently dominated by smaller players like Justin.TV, UStreamTV and Mogulus.  The technology is not new, all that is required are good and many servers to accomodate the bandwidth.  Apparently, Yahoo lacked or was rather unprepared with the infrastructure  and so leading to the crashing of the service.

It’s funny that Yahoo being one of the gems of the internet for more that a decade is facing these problems.  You’d expect that with  a market cap of over $40 billion, they could afford to get more servers to run the service that may well save their troubled and limping company.

I bet that Microsoft offer is already sounding a whole lot better now.