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 →
For a brief period of time, the Internet at large served the consuming masses. For those who can recall the day the mainstream public discovered YouTube, you’ll fully grok this concept. Janitors, executives, students, engineers, hippies, and baby boomers all sat down to watch video after video (after video). In a way, this defined the consumption era. The public began yearning for home-based Internet services, not satisfied with having to report to work, a local library, or a coffee shop in order to catch up on the latest news and converse over AIM. The thirst for knowledge shaped the business models surrounding Internet service providers, but those days are long gone. Unfortunately for us, the ISPs haven’t yet realized it.
A decade ago, the average Internet user logged on in order to be quenched. They desired to consume news. To read articles. To watch multimedia. There were exceptions, of course, but the vast majority of those breaking into the Internet scene were doing so in order to swallow up content produced by professionals. Pros produce, the masses consume.
Because of that, asymmetry became an accepted Internet delivery method, but as the technology continues to empower mere mortals to produce richer and more engrossing content, I’m left to wonder: when will the upstream get the respect it deserves? More →
If ever something sounded like a dream job, it’s making $100,000 a year just from creating your own YouTube content. However, as a New York Times profile of YouTube celebrity Olga Kay makes clear, it’s a pretty nerve-wracking way to make a living. The trouble is that popular YouTube content creators can never really rest on their laurels since they face limitless competition from other YouTube videos and they have to constantly create new content just to make sure they aren’t forgotten. More →
It has been hard to escape the endless barrage of next-generation console coverage over the past several months. The launches of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were accompanied by two of the more extensive marketing efforts of 2013, but it appears that Microsoft might have taken its strategy a step outside of legal boundaries. Ars Technica has rounded up evidence that shows Microsoft offered incentives to Machinima video partners for mentioning the Xbox One in their videos, but the coverage couldn’t be negative. More →