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Google in Talks for Buying Twitch

Posted in Digital Video by Darrin Olson on May 19th, 2014

Twitch LogoAccording to Variety, YouTube has already acquired the video game streaming service Twitch in a $1 billion dollar deal. Twitch has been called the ESPN of video games, bringing live streaming video content of video games while they are being played.

YouTube has been the foremost giant in providing streaming video of saved content but has not had as much success in the live streaming market, especially with gamers. Twitch on the other hand has done very well with live streaming content and is well-known among the gaming population. Both have been making moves into the others territory in the recent past and some good competition was expected between two in the way of content and service offerings. The talk of this deal has brought concern to many who had hoped for better offerings as a result of competition that will …

YouTube Comments Section Upgrade

Posted in Google,YouTube by Tam Yue on September 24th, 2013

YouTube Comment Section UpgradeYouTube recently teamed up with Google + to come up with a way for YouTube users to control the comments that are posted on their videos.  It was rolled out to a select few users today, and will be available for all users by the end of the year.  “We are moving from comments to conversations.” said YouTube product manager Nundu Janakiram,

What is going to change? Currently, you see the last person to comment on the video; with the change you will see the most relevant conversations or comments first. Those comments that are relevant are determined so by the owner of the video.  Owners of the video will have the option to “blacklist” certain words that they do not want to see and also will be able to flag people as …

YouTube to add 3,000 streaming movies to rent

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2011

Good news movie lovers. YouTube has confirmed that starting today it will add rughly 3,000 new movie titles for rental in the US, as well as reviews and behind the scenes extras. NBC Universal, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. are the new studios that YouTube is partnering with to add these new and catalog releases. It will double the amount previously available.

Pricing is $2.99 and $3.99 for movies viewed via your PC or Google TV. There was no mention of other devices supported. And though YouTube supports resolutions up to 4K, “most” of the new additions are in SD, which is kinda sad. Still, at least you have more choice than you did before.

Google Video Shutdown Stopped For Now

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2011

Google had decided to pull the plug on Google Video, but now it seems that the company has had a change of heart and has put that plan on hold. They are telling users that they are looking for “an easier way” to migrate all of those videos to YouTube.

Originally, Google gave users a choice between downloading these videos or Uploading them to YouTube before it erased them for good, but now they plan to automatically transfer content to YouTube themselves. Seems like that should have been the way to go from the start. Well at least you can rest easy as your videos should live to see another day.

YouTube to offer ‘premium’ channels

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2011

Looks like YouTube will be turning to original content to make content for Google TV and to lure viewers in. The Google video site will launch about 20 “premium” channels with about five to ten hours of unique content every week. According to the WSJ, YouTube is willing to spend as much as $100 million to get this content.

It’s a safe bet that some channels may be curations of plain old Youtube content, but most will be professional content with top actors. It will be interesting to see how they do this and what kind of content they can get.

Google to bring more live sports coverage to YouTube

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2011

After some successful trials, streaming live cricket matches and special events, Google is now looking to expand its live coverage of sports events on YouTube. The company is currently in talks with the NBA and NHL to stream games live. Basketball and Hockey fans would be very pleased to see that.

Throughout its live streaming trials Google data showed that during the Indian Premier League live cricket coverage, users spent on average around 40 minutes watching each game. Compare that with an average of 15 minutes per user viewing videos on YouTube at other times. You can see why they are interested.

Google investing into Celebrity YouTube Channels

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

Hollywood may be using Youtube a bit more soon if Google’s plans to invest in Celebrity YouTube Channels pays off. Google wants to expand its celebrity channels by offering already established stars $5 million dollars to create their own YouTube channel. Google wants to invest $100 million dollars in the project, backing 20 celebrities. The $5 million investment by Google would would cover salaries, production values, and give the celebrity full ownership of the YouTube show.

The company will need to proceed carefully, to make sure that they don’t alienate the existing community of users. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Bluedot’s YouTube XL BTC-10 YouTube Box

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2011

Bluedot has introduced its first YouTube Box onto the Japanese market. It’s called the YouTube XL BTC-10 and the box provides direct access to YouTube content without connecting to a PC to your TV. The Bluedot YouTube XL BTC-10 YouTube Box does of course require an internet connection to operate.

The Bluedot YouTube XL BTC-10 connects to your TV via an HDMI port. So when can we expect it to arrive? The company will release the YouTube XL BTC-10 in March for 13,000 Yen (or about $155).

YouTube to support 3D mobile uploads

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2011

YouTube and LG has announced that it will start accepting mobile uploads in 3D, allowing users to share 3D videos. LG’s Optimus 3D will be the first to have the option, with its glasses-free display, allowing it to support much of the 3D content that it records.

We don’t have any specific details, but it should mean that any device with stereoscopic 3D should support it too. This move will allow amateur 3D video to be easily spread and distributed via Youtube for us all to see.

HTC releases YouTube app for Windows Phone 7, supports HD playback

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2010

Once again HTC is going the extra mile to ensure that the user experience on its mobile phones is everything it should be. The company has now released the first full YouTube client for Windows Phone 7. The most interesting feature is that it supports full HD playback over Wi-Fi.

The program works well and pretty fast and you get the typical features like Most Viewed, Most Discussed, Top Rated, Categories, and History. You can download the app right now from the Zune Marketplace.

YouTube Remote app released

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2010

Google TV’s YouTube Leanback may have just gotten better now that the YouTube Remote app has been released to the Android Market. Just sign into YouTube Leanback on the TV or PC and the app on the phone with the same account, then select a video on the phone and send it to the bigger screen. Pretty cool.

The application lets you control the entire YouTube LeanBack experience from your phone, without having to deal with whatever the physical remote came with your Google TV.

Yamaha Blu-ray player with Netflix, YouTube streaming

Posted in Yamaha by Conner Flynn on November 1st, 2010

Yamaha has introduced the BD-A1000, a “universal Blu-ray player” with streaming capabilities. This model allows you to play Blu-ray discs, DVDs, SACDs, DVD Audio discs and web-based media like Netflix, YouTube and Blockbuster. What else do you need?

It’s dual USB ports can also be used to attach an external hard drive or thumb drive. Full HD Audio decoding is supported, with four two-channel DACs that split the signal into a 7.1-channel analog output. The BD-A1000 is now available now and will cost you $700.

Google launches new YouTube app for Android

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

Google has announced a new version of its YouTube app for Android. Most Android phones come with YouTube preloaded already, but the new version is available as a separate download from the Android Market. Google is trying to make it easier for users to update key apps without waiting for their phone company to upgrade to the latest version of the Android operating system.

The new app currently requires Android 2.2 and up. It also supports in-page playback, allowing you to read comments while a video is playing. You can still watch videos in full screen, by rotating the display. It’s easy to search YouTube, view and subscribe to channels, even shoot videos with your camera and upload them directly to YouTube.

YouTube testing live video streaming

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on September 13th, 2010

YouTube has now made its live streaming plans official and said that it would start trials. It works through a user’s existing YouTube channel and works the same as services like Justin.tv, Qik or Ustream. Users just need a FireWire or USB video camera and have access to live comments for any ongoing show. It’s implied that finished shows will be archived as regular YouTube clips, though they don’t say it outright.

The testing started at 11AM Eastern today with a live broadcast of Rocketboom and will run through late Tuesday. YouTube hasn’t said when this will be a regular feature.

Sanyo Xacti VPC-GH4 full HD camcorder with YouTube and Facebook integration

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on September 9th, 2010

Sanyo has announced their latest Xacti digicams, this time they are aimed at the social media crowd. The VPC-GH4 is similar to the VPC-GH2, since it features Full HD 1080 video recording, but unlike the GH2, it integrates YouTube, Facebook, and Picasa uploads, even Twitter notifications.

The downside is that the newer model has still photos taken down to 10 megapixels (the old one featured 14 megapixels). Still, at $200, it’s all good. It hits store shelves later this month.