Here’s Justin.TV’s Justin Kan who we caught on tape lounging around in bed in San Francisco. Beet.TV’s David Kavanaugh put this together from our Manhattan broadcast center. (Sorry for the audio — we’re going to transcribe some of his comments and add to this post.)
Justin is not engaged in some sort of exhibitionist show, he is demonstrating the viability of live streaming Flash video that can be embedded and he’s building a business around this, which he alludes to in this interview. He tells Dave that the company is going bi-coastal with a "live" woman in New York in a sort of "Sex in the City" program. Awesome!
Well, sure, Web cams have been around for years and millions use video chat, so what’s new? What Ustream and Justin.TV are demonstrating is that it is easy to create live, quality, live streaming which can be embedded. So, like YouTube and other video sharing sites, you can grab the embed code of a live stream and place it on your blog or Web page. (I’ve done just that by placing the Justin.TV stream at the bottom of this page.)
What is very cool about Ustream is that you (individual users) can create and stream live video by connecting a camcorder or digital camera directly to a Mac or PC. Video sharing sites including YouTube and VideoEgg allow you to upload directly the site, but they do not allow live streaming (yet?).
I believe a big part of the future is going to be live, quality streaming video, probably Flash-based at first, which will empower a very exciting new era in user generated "live" content.
My distinguished colleague Robert Scoble is hinting about launching a live video stream on Monday. It’s all happening.
We will report on this closely in the months ahead — and yes, Beet.TV will provide a live stream before too long!
– Andy Plesser