Move over, Netflix — you’re no longer the only video streaming service capable of shaming ISPs. Quartz notices that YouTube has started delivering small pop-up messages in videos that are experiencing slow buffering that invite you to “find out why” you’re “experiencing interruptions.” When you click on the message, you’re taken to Google’s new website that documents ISPs’ video streaming quality and shows you that your ISP happens to be doing a bad job of getting you the video you want to watch. More →
The Internet is truly a wondrous creation because it gives every one of us the power to show off our talents to the world that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. The People’s Daily’s Twitter account — yes, that’s the same People’s Daily that’s the official state-run newspaper of China — directs our attention to an unidentified YouTube user from Taiwan who has the amazing ability to put on a pair of pants without even once using his hands. More →
While the world’s attention was focused on Google I/O this week, Google quietly announced some terrific new features to YouTube during VidCon. In case you missed it, the official YouTube Creators Blog breaks down the highlights for us and shows us how these new features will be terrific additions for anyone who frequently posts videos on their channels. While there are tons of new features, we’ve listed the four below that we think are the most interesting. More →
After months of speculation, YouTube has finally confirmed the existence of its subscription service for music, but unfortunately, not everyone is on board. As Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s head of content and business operations, has explained to the Financial Times, many independent record labels that did not agree to the new licensing terms will begin to see their videos blocked “in a matter of days” as the popular video site makes room for those who signed on the dotted line. More →
Want to check out the latest Jack White video on your Android phone but are annoyed that you have to watch it on a low resolution? Not to worry — per 9to5Google, the latest YouTube update for Android will let you choose your videos’ resolution as long as it’s 720p or lower. There’s still no option to set your video resolution to 1080p or higher, likely due to concerns about mobile data use or battery consumption. Clicking on the “auto” resolution option will simply give you the best recommended resolution for your video based on your detected connection speed. The update is slowly rolling out to Android devices so hopefully you’ll be able to get it within the next few days.
Google is reportedly ready to purchase another company in a deal worth $1 billion, focusing this time on live streaming service Twitch (or Twitch.tv), which is a very popular platform for live gaming videos. According to a person familiar with the matter who spoke to The Verge, the two companies have agreed on a price and are ironing out the final details of the sale “such as how independent the Twitch company and brand will remain.” More →
Game of Thrones recently made a splash by hitting 7 million viewers for a recent episode. This was an epic number for HBO, the biggest since the halcyon days of The Sopranos. It’s a number that most primetime broadcast shows would kill for. In the meanwhile, the biggest YouTube channel is now closing in on 27 million subscribers. More →
YouTube changed the world, plain and simple. It made video an integral part of the Internet and it continues to give anyone and everyone a creative outlet. Careers have been launched on YouTube. Stars have been born on YouTube. Cats have done cute cat things on YouTube. The service is also like no other video platform that came before it in that it provides hours upon hours of free entertainment for viewers. But what if you want to save a few of those crazy cat videos locally on your computer so you can watch them over and over again with no buffering and no new ads? More →
We’ve all been there, whether its on a crowded bus or in line at a restaurant, someone is inevitably carrying on a cell phone conversation for all to hear, talking about things you’d rather not hear. Greg Benson, a YouTube actor and comedian, is on a mission to end these loud conversations. Three months ago, he crashed some cell phone conversations at an airport, and in his latest video, he went to Disneyland to embarrass some loud talkers. More →
This year has brought us some amazing footage from cameras plummeting from terrifying heights, including a plane crashing into the ocean off the coast of Hawaii and and a camera being tossed out of a plane and somehow remaining intact after crashing into a muddy pig pen. And now we can add a new video uploaded onto YouTube this week that gives us a first-person look at what it’s like to dive off one of the tallest buildings in the world. The footage was shot by a man wearing a camera on his head and shows him B.A.S.E. jumping off the top of One World Trade Center in New York, more than 1,350 feet off the ground. Unsurprisingly, the authorities in New York haven’t taken too kindly to this unauthorized daredevilry and Newsday reports that four men have been arrested in connection with the stunt. The full video follows below.
National security officials in the United Kingdom will be given “special access” to some key YouTube features by Google, The Irish Times reports. Apparently Google will give officials in the U.K. the ability to raise a “super flag” on videos that they deem dangerous to national security. The Irish Times says that these “super flagger” powers mean that any content that U.K. officials flag will be immediately reviewed for takedown. Additionally, national security officials will have the ability to flag content in bulk so they won’t have to flag individual videos to be reviewed on a one-at-a-time basis. More →
YouTube just got a massive redesign and it looks a whole lot more… Googly. “The way you watch YouTube keeps changing, so we’re making a few tweaks to YouTube to keep up with you,” Google said in a post on its YouTube blog late Thursday. “Starting today you’ll see some changes to make it easier to find what you want to watch on YouTube and collect playlists to watch again and again.” YouTube’s new look definitely aligns better with the design and flow of other Google sites. While there’s bound to be some blowback from users initially — there always is — we think that they’ll come around to enjoy the new look soon enough. A couple more screenshots follow below. More →