Live in Five, a new smartphone app available on iPhone and Android devices, will enable live streaming on YouTube. The app uses your smartphone’s built in camera and microphone to broadcast video live and in real-time through a Google+ connected YouTube channel.
The app would potentially, in my opinion, make the news more accessible to broader audiences. The number of households without cable is increasing and more and more people are resorting to the internet to get their news. While the internet can provide “live” news through Twitter updates or other social media, but watching a news story develop in video format as it develops is usually something that is reserved for cable news. Unlike cable news, however the journalist can form their story around what the audience wants to see. As the journalist receives YouTube comments, they are able to get feedback and real-time and adjust the story accordingly. Perhaps most importantly, the cellphone aspect makes for portable live broadcasting. In the past, live broadcasting on the internet had been done through webcams and laptaps, so they required a journalist to be stationary during a live broadcast. This also meant that stories were not live broadcasted as they happened or where they happened. The Live in Five app allows the journalist to bring the live broadcast directly to the scene of the story and to audiences who cannot get the same information from cable news.