Robert Scoble and Jeremiah Owyang are streaming live from Web 2.0 Expo using technology from Ustream and I bet many more will follow. It makes me wonder how long it will be before we see a search engine dedicated to finding live video streams – if there isn’t one already that I am not aware of that is. Think about it, with the NAB and Web 2.0 Expo shows going on right now, wouldn’t it be cool to be able to search for live video feeds from these shows or more specifically for feeds from a particular seminar or exhibitor’s stand?
Should the show organisers object to their shows being beamed free of charge to the public in this way? I don’t think so because in my opinion, it is unlikely that an individual who is able and willing to attend the show in person will refrain from doing so simply because a live feed will be available. At the risk of stating the obvious, the point I am making is that viewing a video feed can never beat being there in person because for one thing, you have less control over what you see and for how long you see it. That said, for those who are unable to be there in person anyway, it is most probably the next best thing. I note that that Jeremiah has posed a similar question here.