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Google has been making strides over the years to make its Gmail application even more versatile for its millions of users. Earlier this week, Gmail for Android gained the ability to send and receive payments via Google Wallet integration. Now, the desktop Gmail interface is able to stream video attachments straight from your browser window. Previously, you were forced to first download a video attachment to your computer and then play it back using your app of choice. Now, however, you will see a thumbnail preview of the video attachment and will be able to stream it directly without going through that intermediary download step. Attachments still have to adhere to Google’s 50MB file limit (this... Read more...
YouTube is taking the next step in its ongoing evolution as an online video destination. The company announced on Tuesday that it plans to roll out live TV streaming service called YouTube TV that will run $35 per month and include access to dozens of channels, including ABC, CBX, Fox, NBC, ESPN, regional sports networks, and a whole bunch of popular cable channels. DVR is included, too.Jump starting a live TV service is no easy task. One advantage YouTube had going into this is its existing infrastructure with millions of eyeballs already in place. However, it still needed to hammer out agreements with major media companies, and as other companies that have tried to enter into the streaming... Read more...
It has been just over 12 years since three former PayPal employees got together and created YouTube, which they sold to Google less than two years later for $1.65 billion. In the time since then, YouTube has grown into an online broadcasting juggernaut. To put the service's popularity into perspective, YouTube announced its newest milestone—hitting 1 billion hours of watched video per day. That is a collective figure among all the eyeballs tuning into YouTube, whether it's to watch a funny collection of cat videos or to see New England Patriots quarterback Tom "The GOAT" Brady brush his teeth (among other activities showcasing Intel's 360 Replay technology). Whatever the case might be, a lot... Read more...
YouTube remains a free service for all (well, as long as you aren’t a subscriber to YouTube Red), so we have to put up with ads from a time to time to enjoy our daily allotment of cat videos and other time wasters. However, Google has finally gotten the hint that one particular format for its video advertising may be annoying viewers a bit too much. The company announced this week that it will no longer bombard YouTube visitors with TV-style 30-second ads. "We're committed to providing a better ads experience for users online,” said a YouTube spokesperson in an interview. “As part of that, we've decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that... Read more...
YouTube is rolling out a new feature that is intended to help creators make money from their live streams while also giving them a way to connect with their most avid fans, ones that are willing to pay to be heard. The feature is called Super Chat. How it works is that fans can fork over funds to make their comments stand out from the crowd. The paid comments will also stick for a few hours. This is reminiscent of the beta Cheering feature on Twitch that allows viewers to pay real money to have their messages stand out from the crowd by purchasing and posting "Bits," which are essentially animated icons, or emoticons. YouTube is going in a slightly different direction. When a viewer purchases... Read more...
Not only is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady the greatest of all time (GOAT) at his position—and no, that is not up for debate—he might also have a future in acting. We're not finished watching him pick apart opponents just yet, though the four-time Super Bowl champion did find time in his busy schedule to team up with Intel to create a 30-second ad spot showcasing the company's 360 Replay technology. If you're a sports fan, you may have seen this technology before, especially in basketball games. You certainly will if you tune into Super Bowl LI. The magic of presenting 360-degree replays requires a combination of multiple cameras—38 in all at Super Bowl LI in Houston—and advanced... Read more...
In the words of Google, “Live has never looked so good”, as the company has just rolled out 4K live streaming on YouTube with standard and 360-degree viewing at up to 60 frames per second. According to Google, “Supporting this new format will let creators and partners stream incredibly high-resolution video, and let viewers enjoy the clearest picture possible when watching a live stream on 4K-supported devices.” 4K videos have a total of eight million pixels, giving the four times more image definition than their 1080p counterparts. Live streams therefore have crisper, more detailed images and do not become as blurry when the camera is moved quickly. Google will be showing off its latest feature... Read more...
Google is jumping on the HDR bandwagon, as users can now watch HDR videos on YouTube with supported devices. Steven Robertson, a software engineer, and Sanjeev Verma, a product manager for Google, remarked, “HDR adds a whole new dimension of creative freedom and visual spectacle, and we've barely scratched the surface of what this means for storytelling. We can't wait to see the amazing videos you're going to make with HDR.” Before and After HDR What is HDR? HDR, or high dynamic range, improves the contrast ratio and color accuracy for displays. According to Google, “HDR unlocks the most spectacular image quality we've ever streamed.” YouTube has worked with creators such as MysteryGuitarMan,... Read more...
It's the dream of many youngsters to grow and be involved in the NFL, whether it's to be a player or a member of the team staff. But for obvious reasons, an elite few actually get to fulfill that dream. Fortunately, the future is looking great for allowing the rest of us to get a mere taste of what it's like to be in the NFL, with virtual reality set to become the next-best-thing to actually being in the NFL. Last December, we wrote about Google working with the NFL to produce a VR look at the New England Patriots, and for fans of the team, it proved to be a real treat. Now, the NFL has announced that the VR love isn't about to stop, with NFL Films set to produce a nine-part series that will... Read more...
YouTube, between the #youtubeisoverparty and YouTube Heroes, has received a lot of hate on the internet lately. The company, however, has just announced its latest app, YouTube Go. The company claims the app will “maximize your fun without burning up your data.” The company was inspired to create the app by a young man in Nagpur, India who loved watching YouTube, but was unable to load many videos with his 2G connection. YouTube Go boasts a few of its own unique features. The homepage will show trending and popular videos in a user’s geographic area. The app will let users save and watch videos without buffering, even if they have a slow connection. App users will also be able to preview videos... Read more...
The hashtag #YouTubeIsOver is currently fluttering all over Twitter. Many content creators are up in arms over YouTube’s alleged censorship and have taken to all forms of social media to air their grievances. Has YouTube’s censorship rules actually changed in the last few days? Who is affected by the censorship? How did the campaign against YouTube even get started? We have some answers for you. YouTubers have been complaining about censorship for years. In the past, YouTube has offered some rather vague explanations for removing videos, striking channels, or preventing videos from being monetized. Content creators frequently did not know if their video had been demonetized unless they dug deep... Read more...
If you're a cable-cutter who's hated to lose some key channels by dropping cable TV, you might just be in luck when YouTube rolls out what's in effect a replacement later this year. It's been rumored for quite some time that the company has wanted to offer a subscription-based service that would include a number of common channels - it'd benefit not just YouTube, but the channel owners, and of course, consumers, who'd end up getting a better deal than going with a traditional cable TV service. That price has been pegged at "under" $35/mo, which might seem a bit high, but the value will really come in when what's included is finally revealed. At the moment, it seems extremely likely that ABC,... Read more...
Google wants you to put down your Periscope and forget about Facebook for your live streaming needs, and turn to YouTube instead. Many already have, save for mobile users, as that wasn't a feature YouTube supported. Now it does and with YouTube's massive audience, this could be a big deal for live content creators. We’ve been offering live streaming on YouTube since 2011, before it was cool. Millions of people around the world tuned in to watch the Royal Wedding in 2011. One-sixth of the Internet watched Felix Baumgartner leap from space live on YouTube in 2012," YouTube boasted in a blog post. "And just this year, we became the first ever to broadcast a 360-degree live stream during Coachella."The... Read more...
One evening you are chatting with that cutie you swiped right on, and suddenly you remember the perfect YouTube video to share with them. How should you share the video? Should you copy and paste the link? Should you post it on their Facebook or Twitter? Should you email it to them? Now you don't have to make these tough decisions. Google recently released native sharing for a small percentage of YouTube users. These users can invite friends into conversation threads. Friends can chat about the shared video right inside YouTube’s mobile app and reply with another video. The message threads are on a new tab in the YouTube mobile app so that users can easily follow conversation threads. YouTube... Read more...
Move over GoPro and make room for LG and its new Action Cam with LTE connectivity. A first in the action camera space, LTE connectivity is built right into the device so users can stream their adventures in real-time to YouTube Live and other services, all without having to use a smartphone. That's something not even GoPro can do, at least not yet.LG's Action Cam is built to go wherever you go, be it the four-wheeling on the dunes or scuba diving in the ocean, the latter of which you'll need an optional waterproof case that will be available in the third quarter. Even without it, the Action Cam is IP67 rated, meaning it's protected from dust and sand, and can withstand being submersed in up to... Read more...
If you're a content creator tied to YouTube and are itchin' for a change, Amazon's brand-new 'Video Direct' service is probably worth checking out. Amazon Video Direct is going to be a viable competitor to YouTube, but offers a little more flexibility with how you manage your content. And, because Amazon is behind all of this, you can expect excellent integration with the company's affiliate service. When content creators want to release their video on this service, they'll have four ways to do it. If everyone on planet Earth is welcome to watch, then the video will be ad-supported. Otherwise, it could be rented, offered as an add-on subscription, or be exclusive to Amazon Prime Video, where... Read more...
Google is taking another stab at the streaming TV market, this time through its YouTube division, which is prepping a paid subscription service called Unplugged. The streaming service is said to be a priority for Google and YouTube, which could debut as early as next year, providing everything falls into place.YouTube's Unplugged service would consist of cable TV channels streaming over the Internet. It already has the architecture in place to support such a service, so now it's a matter of getting media partners on board with the idea. To that end, YouTube has been in talks with several major media outlets such as NBCUniversal, Viacom, Twenty-First Century Fox, and CBS, though no agreements... Read more...
To many of us that are 80s children — and for anyone else that at least has somewhat of a sense of humor — the 1984 film Ghostbusters is a comedy classic. It holds a place in our hearts as a piece of our childhood (or adulthood) as something “special” and for better or worse, some people let that reverence to the movie get the better of them. Look no further than the upcoming reboot of Ghostbusters that features an all-female cast. Screen Crush has determined that the trailer for the Ghostbusters reboot is currently the most disliked movie trailer in YouTube history. As of this writing, the trailer has over over 212,000 likes and nearly 600,000 dislikes. According Screen Crush’s Mike Sampson,... Read more...
It just over a year ago when YouTube launched support for 360-degree videos, giving content creators a neat way to further immerse viewers in their world. Taking it a step further, YouTube has added live streaming and spatial audio to the mix so viewers can jump into a 360-degree scene as it's taking place. Adding live streaming to 360-degree videos might sound like a relatively minor update, but for some viewers, it has the potential to be a big deal. In announcing the added, YouTube Chief Product Office Neal Mohan waxed nostalgic about missing out on seeing Magic Johnson, his favorite basketball player back in the day, compete in person as a kid. "Whether it’s a sporting event or a concert... Read more...
T-Mobile’s Binge On initiative has definitely won a lot of fans in the form of customers that can now stream unlimited video at the expense of reduced quality (480p). However, the company has also garnered a number of detractors, including YouTube, which was unwillingly sucked into Binge On’s vortex with reduced streaming quality and throttling even though it had not signed up to be a partner for the service. “Reducing data charges can be good for users, but it doesn’t justify throttling all video services, especially without explicit user consent,” said a YouTube spokesman in December. Well, it looks as though YouTube and T-Mobile have finally buried the hatchet, as the former has now signed... Read more...
It has been just over six months since YouTube Gaming was launched, and now, the company has decided to take its Twitch competitor service to the next level (pun intended, of course). At the forefront, YouTube has opened up its app availability to gamers in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland, which YouTube says are homes to popular game content creators jacksepticeye, Vanoss, and TypicalGamer. In addition to enhanced availability, YouTube has rolled out a number of changes to its app worth noting. With the Android version, live playback now has the option to stream at 60 FPS, and you can also now enable DVR mode. On the navigation front, YouTube has tweaked the interface to enable smarter... Read more...
YouTube has added a new custom blurring tool that will make it easier for video creators to provide anonymity where needed. This is in addition to an existing tool that gives content creators the ability to blur all faces in their video—now you can blur out anything you want in your video, even moving objects. "Whether you want to blur sensitive information such as a license plate or cover up a wardrobe malfunction without reshooting an entire scene, the new Custom Blurring tool will let you blur objects throughout your video, right within YouTube," YouTube stated in a blog post announcing the feature update.The custom blurring tool is only available on the desktop version of YouTube at the moment.... Read more...
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