Last night saw YouTube’s live stream of a U2 concert in California, watchable by viewers in 16 countries.A Twitter widget was built in allowing people to chat about the gig, complete with a dedicated #U2webcast – it’s still one of the top trending topics on Twitter this morning.The webcast is still accessible on U2’s YouTube channel. However, it wasn’t the only livestreaming show this weekend…Researchers the Far North Living Lab webcast a performance from the Insomnia festival in Norway, using BitTorrent. It was tied in with the EU-funded P2P-Next project.”If the scalability is good for live streaming, this can increase the amount of viewers without massive bandwidth bills,” says researcher Njal Borch.YouTube and BitTorrent – very different beasts, but both looking at better ways to power concert webcasts. It’s a far cry from the early days of grainy, postage-stamp sized webcasts.

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