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YouTube has spent some time working on a paid subscription service that would let users listen to music without ads. Today, it has announced YouTube Music Key which is now in beta. YouTube Music Key is a monthly subscription-based service that will provide viewers with ad-free music, background play, and even offline viewing. It will cost $7.99 a month, which has been discounted from $9.99 a month, and will also come with a subscription to Google Play Music. Users will already notice the new home for music on the YouTube app for Android and iOS platforms as well as YouTube.com. The new location... Read more...
Remember that uncomfortable feeling you got in the pit of your stomach from watching Amazon's terribly awkward commercial for its new Echo digital assistant speaker thing? Well, we felt it too, as did the Internet community at large. And just like a shot of something horrible tasting needs a chaser to restore order, so it goes with Amazon's ad, and thankfully somebody on the on web has posted a remake of the commercial on YouTube. First, a little refresher is in order. The Amazon Echo is an always ready digital assistant in the form of a cylinder speaker. To use it, you say the wake word, "Alexa,"... Read more...
Back in June, YouTube announced that it would offer 48 and 60 frames per second video support by allowing users to upload footage with higher fps. However, since then, the company has remained silent on the issue. But now, YouTube has begun to roll out support for the higher video frame rates and allowing regular users to upload the videos. Movie trailers, special clips, and gameplay footage have started to appear with the higher fps counts and the results are noticeable. The higher 60fps option shows smoother motion when watching videos in 720p or 1080p HD. But the differences are even more noticeable... Read more...
Which do you despise more, advertisements or paying for a service when you've grown accustomed to it being free? Don't feel obligated to answer now, though you should put some thought into the question in case YouTube decides to charge a subscription fee for ad-free access to its streaming video collection. While nothing is yet imminent, there's a good chance it will happen. Susan Wojcicki, a long-time Google executive who took over the company's YouTube operation earlier this year, said that a paid subscription model is currently being worked on, The Wall Street Journal reports. The goal is to... Read more...
Google may have missed out on acquiring Twitch, but it still has YouTube which is a powerhouse among video-sharing websites. While 1 billion viewers visit the site on a monthly basis YouTube wants to keep its viewer base growing and has announced that it is investing in its top stars by paying them to create more videos. “We feel the time is right to make another important investment in our creators,” said Head of YouTube Originals Alex Carloss. “That’s why we’ve decided to fund new content from some of our top creators, helping them not only fulfill their creative... Read more...
While mobile users are worrying about their monthly data allowance, with Facebook’s auto-play feature eating it up, Facebook is focusing its efforts on videos. The social media site announced that it would be rolling out some YouTube-like features as well as showing related video suggestions when a user is done watching a video. Facebook product management director, video Fidji Simo provided some interesting statistics when it comes to videos. Simo revealed that the amount of videos viewed exceeded 50 percent from May through July this year. In addition, there have been more than 1 billion... Read more...
Twitch streamer and YouTuber Jordan “Kootra” Mathewson is the latest victim in a trend called “Swatting.” People who tuned into The Creatures’ Twitch channel this past Wednesday to watch Mathewson play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive witnessed SWAT officers enter the room and arrest Mathewson in response to a false report of an active shooter. Mathewson was live-streaming on The Creatures, a group of gamers who create content for YouTube, Twitch channel at the group’s office building when SWAT busted in. Police had received an anonymous call, via landline, that... Read more...
Because Google adheres to COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, the company hasn't ever allowed persons under the age of 13 to sign up for any of its services. Nothing could ever stop a youngin from fibbing about their age, of course, but legally, Google's been on safe ground. Rumor now has it, though, that the company is working out a way to legally offer its services to pre-teens - or at least Gmail and YouTube. The idea is that the children's parents would be the ones to sign up for the account, and would have full control over how they're used, and what kind of information Google... Read more...
It's long been rumored that Google would offer some kind of streaming music service through its YouTube division, but with the release of Google Play Music All Access, it seemed as though YouTube was destined to remain a video sharing site. Perhaps not. We're now hearing that YouTube will launch a service called YouTube Music Key with ad-free music, audio-only playback (for enjoying in the background or listening with the screen turned off), and offline playback. Where does that leave Google's existing music service? We're not entirely sure, though according to Android Police, Google is going to... Read more...
Google is soon to roll out a major update to its YouTube TV app, and it looks good. A major goal with this release is greatly simplifying the number of steps required to get to relevant content. Much like the mobile app that many of us know so well, you'll be able to invoke a menu on the left side, sign in, and then get to a variety of relevant content very quickly and easily. In the below video, which highlights what's new, an example if given of a cook; if someone is preparing dinner and has a YouTube-enabled TV near them, they probably don't want to spend too much time looking for the video... Read more...
Google’s acquisition of Twitch, the increasingly popular video game broadcaster, is complete. The deal was first announced back in May, and Google has signed the all-cash offer of a billion dollars. Suddenly, the YouTube juggernaut is even more powerful and expansive. According to VentureBeat’s sources familiar with the matter, the exact price is unknown but Twitch’s early investors are pleased with the manifold return on investment they’re now enjoying. Twitch has some exciting days ahead. Amid acquisition talks, the company announced plans to build a studio in San Francisco... Read more...
The world of content is a complicated one, and it isn't getting any easier for those trying to cut through the noise. Netflix realized a few years ago that streaming content owned by others probably wasn't a hugely sustainable solution, so it invested in creating its own exclusive content that would coerce folks to stay with Netflix even if a rival came along and undercut it elsewhere. YouTube has been doing something similar for a while now, but without the same amount of luck. Going forward, it's reported that YouTube has started a new round of discussions with "Hollywood and independent producers... Read more...
After Netflix posted a message on broken video streams stating that Verizon’s congested network was to blame, the former went ballistic, going as far as sending Netflix a cease and desist letter. The FCC has now stepped in to investigate (and possibly mediate) the spat. However, it’s not just Netflix that’s taking swipes at ISPs; YouTube is joining the fray. Quartz spotted a new message on YouTube videos that are performing slowly. There’s a blue bar beneath the video that asks “Experiencing interruptions?” with a button you can click that says “Find Out... Read more...
Video game broadcaster and community-builder Twitch is poised for big things. The company is rumored to be working a billion-dollar acquisition by YouTube, making it a Google-owned entity, and in the meantime it’s building a studio in San Francisco to take its enterprise to new level. According to Reuters, Twitch COO Kevin Lin said that the company wants to find better ways to help “everyday streamers” develop greater quantity and quality of content. Twitch on Xbox The purpose of the studio is manifold. It will give Twitch’s partners a top-notch space in which they can produce... Read more...
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