Google’s YouTube announces ‘YouTube Live’ beta

Google’s Official YouTube Blog reports:

With over 2 billion views a day, it’s easy to think about YouTube as a place to watch videos recorded in the past. But you’ve told us you want more – and that includes events taking place right now. In response, we’ve live streamed a number of popular concerts, sporting events, and interviews, but primarily on a one-off basis.

Today we’re announcing the initial roll out of YouTube Live, which will integrate live streaming capabilities and discovery tools directly into the YouTube platform for the first time. This begins with a new YouTube Live browse page (, where you can always find the most compelling live events happening on YouTube and add events to your calendar. Subscribe to your favorite YouTube live-streaming partners to be notified of upcoming live streams on your customized homepage.

Today, we’ll also start gradually rolling out our live streaming beta platform, which will allow certain YouTube partners with accounts in good standing to stream live content on YouTube. The goal is to provide thousands of partners with the capability to live stream from their channels in the months ahead. In order to ensure a great live stream viewing experience, we’ll roll this offering out incrementally over time.

So head over to to check out some of the live streams taking place over the next few days. And don’t forget to tune in to the The DigiTour live stream tonight at 7pm PST. Log in to engage with live streamers and the rest of the YouTube community using our live comments feature. As always, let us know what you think of YouTube Live in the comments below.

[Attribution: BGR. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]


  1. …and before the usual complainers arrive asking “what the heck does this have to do with Apple?”, note that this potentially tips the scales further away from traditional TV to online alternatives. Which could benefit Apple’s iOS devices, unless Google goes nuts and decides to make it WebM-only. (“WebM is open!” they say – yeah, just like Android.)

    This is also almost certainly an attempt to help resurrect Google TV, though a side-effect could also be that Apple TV benefits. We’ll have to wait and see…

  2. Not good enough. Live video streams are so very yesterday. Is it too much to ask for videos from the future that haven’t happened yet? Think of it: predictive video. Now that would be something.

    What? You watched Minority Report? Nevermind….

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