YouTube Live Reaches 700,000 Viewers

YouTube Live Tokyo is about to start, but the numbers are in for YouTube Live in San Francisco: 700,000 concurrent viewers.

I was one of those viewers, and I was amazed to see YouTube Live surpass even Ustream in terms of user experience. The live energy really came through in fullscreen mode. Even switching between onstage, backstage, and offstage streams presented minimal delay. If YouTube can scale this experience into an actual live video service, they’ve got a hit on their hands.

Until recently, live broadcasts were often regarded as the exclusive preserve of television. TV types thought online video was mostly restricted to asynchronous broadcasts and live teleconferences. Obama disproved that fallacy with the live stream of his victory speech. Now YouTube totally destroys it with the success of their online-exclusive concert.

Katy Perry was right. It’s time to turn off your televisions.

(Via Loic Le Meur.)

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One Comment on “YouTube Live Reaches 700,000 Viewers”
  1. Mike Abundo says:

    Two years later, the YouTube Live experiment is about to bear fruit. YouTube is about to test their new live streaming platform.

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