A smart FrontBurnervian does some hypothesizing:
Methinks YouTube is bound to be a failure exactly the way that Broadcast was a failure. It sold for $1.6 billion, and the purchasing company got a great technology framework, millions of eyeballs, and a system that can be integrated as a platform to host video in whatever way google-minds see fit. It could easily become another Yahoo LaunchCast. The [current] content is a small part of the equation.