Don’t expect YouTube to replace your primetime TV viewing anytime soon, based on early results from its latest live streaming efforts. It’s only Day Two of analpha test with four content partners, but an early look at YouTube’s live video quality show some inherent issues with its live streaming ambitions.
First, a caveat: YouTube and all the partners involved have been very careful to note that this is their first effort all around. For its part, YouTube is trialling new live-streaming capability, eschewing third-party content delivery networks like Akamai in lieu of its own video delivery infrastructure. Meanwhile, content providers like Howcast, Next New Networks and Rocketboom are taking baby steps into live video production rather than producing edited, short-form video clips.