Justin.tv was one of the first web sites to popularize the practice of sticking yourself in front of a webcam and broadcasting yourself to anyone that wanted to watch you babble on about your cat, TV anchor style. But Justin.tv is rather late to the mobile space. Rivals Ustream, Kyte, and Qik all have apps that let iPhone users watch live video from other users, and broadcast their own live video streams using the iPhone’s camera. This week Justin.tv finally got around to launching an iPhone app, but it’s only for viewing Justin.tv channels.
The Justin.tv iPhone app is pretty easy to use. When you launch the app, you’ll find a list of featured channels. If you login to your Justin.tv account you can also see your list of favorites, or you can search for topics such as tech, or video games to see what channels are available.
Along with a title, you can see how many people are viewing a stream from the featured or search pages. You can click on any stream to start the live video player. I found that some streams loaded almost immediately, while others seemed to buffer endlessly.
Once a video is playing, you can tap the screen to bring up a few options. Click the chat icon and you can see what people are saying about the video in real-time, and enter your own comments. You can also add a video stream to your favorites or click the share button to send an email link.
Justin.tv is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store.
You can check out some more screenshots of the Justin.tv app after the break.