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Yahoo released an experimental live video product today in the vein of Ustream.tv, Justin.tv, Operator11, blogTV and many others. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Yahoo Live (which was first reported by Valleywag). “How is Y! Live different from other online video sites? That’s simple: it’s live,” says […]

Yahoo released an experimental live video product today in the vein of Ustream.tv, Justin.tv, Operator11, blogTV and many others. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Yahoo Live (which was first reported by Valleywag).

“How is Y! Live different from other online video sites? That’s simple: it’s live,” says the announcement post on the Yahoo Next blog. That might have been a viable statement a year ago, but at this point it’s just not true. The site has had a hard first day, going down when we and others tried to visit it.

Despite that, the power of a Yahoo soft-launch seems to be pretty strong, with 2,609 concurrent viewers last time I checked, more than any other live video aggregator I went to in the course of writing this article tonight. That is, if Yahoo’s visitor counter is working correctly under the load.

P.S. A simple way to my heart, live video sites? Be the first one I’ve seen that doesn’t auto-play video, with sound, whenever I load the page.

  1. our live video site doesn’t auto-play any videos if we’re not LIVE.

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  2. [...] rig over to San Bruno while there’s still time to cut a deal. Meanwhile, the guys at Yahoo Live should be totally psyched to relinquish the title of being the last people in the world to launch [...]

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  3. [...] the bid? Will Yahoo gut itself rather than sell? Yahoo Live isn’t. The service – which has plenty of precedents – keels over and dies shortly after launching. Online video – over 10 billion served! In one [...]

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  4. [...] me parecería de ser confirmado algo grotesco) carece de funcionalidades que otros han conseguido. NewTeeVee dice que ha conseguido más que otros sitios en directo con 2.609 usuarios conectados, yo puedo hablar [...]

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  5. [...] Live’s opening day was a tip-off of troubles to come as the service went down multiple times at launch and could barely stay up. As of right now it only has 1,280 people [...]

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  6. [...] mixed track record with launching new projects. The company tried to enter the live streaming space with a service dubbed Yahoo! Live in early 2008, but closed the offering less than a year [...]

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