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YouTube’s live-streaming efforts are still scattershot, but it’s clear the site has got a crush on live. Today it announced it will host a live feed of performances at this weekend’s Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco, featuring Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, Thievery Corporation, […]

YouTube’s live-streaming efforts are still scattershot, but it’s clear the site has got a crush on live. Today it announced it will host a live feed of performances at this weekend’s Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco, featuring Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, Thievery Corporation, The Dead Weather, Silversun Pickups, Raphael Saadiq, Cage the Elephant, Atmosphere and other acts. However some headliners, like Pearl Jam, don’t appear to be included in the stream line-up just yet, though a YouTube spokesperson said the company is working with individual bands to get streaming rights.

Past YouTube live streams included an Obama press conference marking his first 100 days in office and “YouTube Live,” a variety show featuring the site’s stars. There was also live March Madness basketball on YouTube, but it was through CBS’ embedded Silverlight player rather than through YouTube itself.

YouTube Live, which reached some 650,000 simultaneous streams, was (unofficially) powered by Akamai, but YouTube would not disclose today who it’s using to produce and distribute the event except to say it was working with “a third party.” Last year’s Outside Lands live-streamer, iStreamPlanet, is not involved at all this year, the company said this morning. Embedded below is a video we made of iStreamPlanet’s set-up last year:YouTube co-founder Steve Chen had said to a videoblogger last year to expect live video on YouTube before the end of 2008 — but the site has not gone so far to set up a competitor to live platforms like Ustream yet.

Hulu, which picked up on the live-streaming bandwagon a little earlier than YouTube, also streamed a Dave Matthews show earlier this year. That band is just so cutting edge.

  1. [...] is the original: YouTube to Stream Outside Lands Music Festival Posted in Talk About Music | August 26th, 2009 Leave a [...]

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  2. I’m guessing Pearl Jam is hesitant to live stream their show after the AT&T censorship fiasco during their 2007 Lollapalooza gig in Chicago. http://arstechnica.com/old/content/2007/08/pearl-jam-censored-by-att-calls-for-a-neutral-net.ars

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  3. Live events offer great opportunities to generate revenue for content producers and aggregators through advertising, sponsorships, and even paid subscriptions. And Outside Lands isn’t the only festival to stream live online in the coming weeks. This Labor Day weekend, over 20 hours of the three-day LifeLight Music Festival, which was attended by over 300,000 people last year, will be streamed live using the Endavo Media Internet TV Platform. Check it out at http://www.lifelight.org/festival

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  4. [...] Link: YouTube to Stream Outside Lands Music Festival [...]

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  5. [...] what it claimed was a first for a show of this size, Outside Lands organizer Superfly worked with YouTube to create a live streaming channel of shows for all three days of the festival this past weekend. [...]

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  6. [...] has only dabbled in live-streaming for events such as the Outside Lands music festival and an Obama press conference. This marks the site’s first live European [...]

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  7. [...] on a case-by-case basis. YouTube most recently streamed Dave Matthews Band and other artists at San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival. We tuned in to that show an saw a remarkably good stream with adaptive bitrates enabled to [...]

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  8. [...] for, esta será a segunda vez que a YouTube transmite concertos ao vivo. A primeira consistiu na emissão de algumas actuações do festival de música Outside Lands em São Francisco este Agosto, que contou com a participação da Dave Matthews Band. Neste caso [...]

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  9. [...] its own, including political events such as the State of the Union Address, music events like the Outside Lands Music Festival, and sports events like the Indian Premier League Championship. But so far it has shied away from [...]

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  10. [...] as it has previously hosted live events like the State of the Union address, various concerts and music festivals and the Indian Premier League cricket tournament. But it had relied on third-party CDNs for its [...]

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