YouTube takes on telly with live streaming trial

YouTube is taking another step towards replacing your telly with a two-day trial of live video, including Rocketboom and Tony Hawk.

YouTube is taking another step towards replacing your telly with a two-day trial of live video. Videos will be streamed live, complete with live commenting, to see how the service holds up.

The trial includes how-to videos from Howcast, comedy including Auto-Tune the News from Next New Networks, cool stuff from Rocketboom (the home of former CNETer Ella Morton), and celebrity nonsense from Young Hollywood.

It feels slightly unintuitive, as the beauty of YouTube and other online video services is you can go and watch what you want when you want, free from the capricious tyranny of the TV schedules. Do you really want to be at your computer at a set time? Still, the Web is also about instant access, and it doesn't get much more instant than live.

The four trial partners are very US-centric, so if you want to catch Tony Hawk, Dane Cook or Know Your Meme you'll have to tune in on Pacific Standard Time. That's 7 hours behind GMT, so live shows will kick off with Rocketboom Live at 4pm today and run until about 1am. Here's the schedule:

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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