YouTube enables live streaming service, lets you watch IPL matches online

Monday, April 11, 2011, 22:44 by Tech Correspondent

With over 2 billion views a day, YouTube is one of the world’s most popular websites.

The video giant is now expanding its kitty of offerings by launching a live broadcast channel. YouTube Live will integrate live streaming capabilities and discovery tools directly into the YouTube platform for the first time, the website announced on its blog.

This begins with a new YouTube Live browse page (www.youtube.com/live), where you can find the most compelling live events happening on YouTube and add events to your calendar. You can subscribe to your favorite YouTube live-streaming partners to be notified of upcoming live streams on your customized homepage.

Photo: YouTube Live will broadcast IPL cricket matches

Google’s online video site YouTube has also started rolling out a live streaming beta platform, which will allow certain YouTube partners with accounts in good standing to stream live content on YouTube. This feature is being rolled out incrementally over time.

What this means is that you will get to see many interviews, concerts and sporting events as they happen. Cricket lovers will have a special reason to rejoice as Indian Premier League T-20 matches will be broadcast live on YouTube Live till May 28, 2011. Suggested read: Mobile TV phones in India

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YouTube has been planning a site overhaul lately, with Google focusing on generating original content for its video streaming site. Last week, Wall Street Journal reported that the site is planning a series of changes to its home page to highlight sets of “channels” around topics such as arts and sports.

About 20 or so of those channels will feature several hours of professionally produced original programming a week, the newspaper said. Google is planning to spend as much as $100 million to commission low-cost content designed exclusively for the Web.

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