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Steve Chen Wants Live Video On YouTube This Year

Google's "resources" to come into play

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His statement offered less than a 100 percent chance of it occurring, and a wide timeframe to boot.  Still, Steve Chen has said that live video should become available on YouTube by the end of this year.

Steve Chen Wants Live Video On YouTube This Year
Steve Chen – YouTube Co-Founder

In response to Sarah Meyers‘s question on the subject, Chen responded, "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."

Of course, when a person says they "hope to actually do it" sometime within the next nine months, you don’t bet your house on "it" happening.  The financial and technical support may not be in place, despite Chen’s wishes.

Also, there’s the matter of whether YouTube should offer live video.  A lack of editing isn’t likely to do viewers any favors; there’s enough boring and/or stupid content on the site already.  Furthermore, my colleague David Utter pointed out that the interest of an industry starting with "p" and ending with "orn" could complicate things for advertisers and YouTube admin alike.

Meh.  We’ll see what happens.  Yahoo is already testing live video’s waters, so perhaps Google and YouTube will learn from its experience and have a great product from the get-go.

Steve Chen Wants Live Video On YouTube This Year
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  • http://www.YouTubeStars.com KennyCrane

    Of course, there already are websites out there with live video.  Many people are on StickAm, and now – LiveVideo.com has Live Video!  I watched parts of last weekend’s San Francisco YouTube Gathering on LiveVideo, which is somewhat ironic!

    I personally think pre-recorded videos like the ones on YouTube may have a wider appeal than live streaming video.  Look at cellphones – you can "go live" and talk to friends, or you can send IMs and text messages for them to read and reply to at their leisure.  The people I know seem to use texting more than actual phonecalls.

    People had thought that StickAm and LiveVideo would draw people away from YouTube, but that never happened.  The number of people participating on YouTube continues to grow.  I guess live video on YouTube would be a nice new option, but I don’t think it will eclipse the  sharing of recorded videos.  It will just be another way for people to communicate.