Web Streaming with Interactivity

I've been asked about building a website which would include the capability to stream live "shows." During these streams, we need the capability to have interactive dialog. For instance, we need the ability to have a Skype-like interaction during the live show.

So let's use a live cooking show as an example. As the cook is preparing a recipe, someone from the virtual audience could "dial in" and connect via some form of video chat, during the live streaming.

I've built many websites before, but I've never had to do something like this.

I'm looking for suggestions. Would YouTube streaming be appropriate? How would the video calls be incorporated? What kind of resources would I need, technically? Etc.

Thank you in advance!
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
Have you thought of using webinar software?

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isaacr25Author Commented:
Hmmm... I haven't. I think I would be limited to the number of "call-in" participants etc, depending on which software is used.

What other options would be available, besides webinar software?
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
here is a comparison graphic from kikolani.com: Webinar Software Comparison: 9 Popular Services Reviewed.Webinar softwareUnless this is your client's main business. I don't think it is cost effective to "reinvent the wheel".

Other than that, I don't really know what it would take to integrate live streaming with something like Skype (which would require a commercial license, I believe).
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isaacr25Author Commented:
Great info.

Would webinar sessions be "streamable" via a website though?
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
I don't think so...
isaacr25Author Commented:
I didn't think so. Would YouTube streaming seem to fit what I need?

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