YouTube to Get Into Live Videos This 2008

February 29th, 2008 at 12:00 am

Steve Chen

Better late than never.  YouTube will finally be rolling out their version of JustinTV, Yahoo!Live, Mogulus, Seesmic, etc. this year.

Sarah Meyer of Pop17, interviewed YouTube co-founder Steve Chen and documented some interesting news that  would be the talk of the year.  YouTube, backed by the web’s largest service provider, Google, will be venturing out into territory that they do not dominate, live video streaming.

Here’s the transcript of part of the interview,

Meyers: “When are you guys gonna do live video on YouTube?”

Chen: “2008. We’ll do it this year.

“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 no hesitation, which we actually expect from companies like this, YouTube makes it clear that they ae launching live videos this year. Why not?  Yahoo already did.

However, I don’t see live video streaming catching up to the times yet.  I mean, how many people do you know would want to be a Justin?  Or stay lifeless in front of a webcam all day?  There will be some, I’m sure, but far from being a global phenomenon.