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YouTube trials live streaming technology

Video sharing website YouTube has started a two-day trial of its own video streaming technology.

The trial, which finishes today, comprises four partners, Howcast, Rocketboom, Next New Networks, and Young Hollywood, airing live programmes. While YouTube has carried out one-off live events before, this is the first trial of underlying technology that will be used when the service is launched. Previous live events have including President Obama’s first State of the Union address, Indian Premier League cricket matches and a U2 concert.

YouTube has previously relied on other content delivery networks, including Akamai to deliver live video. The site has not announced a launch date, but when the service goes live it is expected to be only open to media partners rather than individual web users.