YouTube are now offering free live streaming to accounts which have over 100 subscribers, surely free HD live streaming for all is just round the corner?
I’ve seen a demo of YouTube HD streaming and it’s very impressive, you can even stream privately and for extra security embed the stream behind a login firewall.
The big news here is what the other streaming players do next to compete, currently LiveStream are charging approx £400 for 3000 hours of private live streaming and 5000 hours will cost you £750 with Ustream
I’ve no insider knowledge but its possible YouTube may charge when their service is fully rolled out, it’s a massive commitment and will take considerable server and bandwidth to keep HD streaming Live for 150 million account holders.
If it is free and it’s looking likely – LiveStream, Ustream and the other streaming providers probably need a plan B