YouTube will launch a live streaming service later this year, which will mean users will be able to create live feeds of events and broadcast them around the world.

The Google-owned site said lack of resources has stopped it offering the service to screen live footage previously, but it is something that will launch later in 2008.

Users will be able to film events and upload them directly onto YouTube. Steve Chen, co-founder of YouTube, said: "We've never had the resources to do it correctly, but now with Google we hope to actually do it this year".

As well appealing to serious amateurs, or even semi-professionals, its thought the service could be used by "ordinary" people to beam live events and celebrations to absent or distant family and friends.