YouTube’s first foray into live entertainment just “aired” and these are a couple of my first impressions and observations (in no particular order).
- When you glue together web celebs (or ‘webreblities’ as they seem to be called) it makes for a fairly entertaining format – lots of B-boying and body popping though. I either leaned back during the guests I knew or browsed in parallel for the reference videos of guests I hadn’t seen before.
- YouTube avoided Yahoo!s bandwidth choke a month ago and the streaming in high quality went smoothly.
- YouTube did a good job in selling themselves as the credible platform for becoming a star out of nowhere. Either through starring, experimenting, mimicking, spoofing, playing the background track to something strange, etc … OK, everybody knew that already but seeing a whole 90 minutes of web-born stars must have given some kids another motivational boost.
- When you take some acts out of their living room, you realize they aren’t that interesting, vocally gifted or funny.
- Is “Choccolate Rain'”s Tay Zonday the voice of generation V ?
- Some of the backstage/offstage footage was a real challenge to watch and definitely took a bit of the fascination out of it. Nothing new for people who have been to TV-recorded gigs. It goes to show that directing 90 minutes of live entertainment with three simultaneous feeds poses the same logistical challenges it did before the interweb.
- Nice integration of a live stream from aboard Virgin America, on a plane on its way to the show.
- A modern audience seems to be so busy with recording events via mobile phone, they don’t clap or wave their arms anymore. Given that Flip Mino was a main sponsor it was a fitting sight. I couldn’t find links to any ‘audience videos’ that were supposedly uploaded during the event. Reminds me of BeastieBoys’ I Shot That.
- Most importantly, there was no interactivity with the web audience that i could see. The usual channel comments or any sort of live stats did not have any influence on the show. There were no live overlays directing users to additional footage/info. I am sure a space YouTube will expand their format into.
The whole show format definitely beat any Australian live show that is on regular TV. If you have seen a re-broadcast or excerpts what are your first thoughts?
JaffeJuice commented on the integration of sponsors, appointment viewing, catch up in byte-sized clips and most important of all the potential of future interactivity (e.g. integration of live commenting with services like 12seconds.tv).
And this is…like…a YouTube Live response of guest Daxflame …that is … like awesome and uh…he met sooo many friends. And stuff.
Hm, guess this parody is too close to real teenager speak for me.