Category Archives: YouTube

We want to limit use of e2e encryption, confirms UK minister

 The UK government has once again amped up its attacks on tech platforms’ use of end-to-end encryption, and called for International co-operation to regulate the Internet so that it cannot be used as a “safe space” for extremists to communicate and spread propaganda online. Read More

Quora tests video answers to steal Q&A from YouTube

 Newly-minted unicorn Quora has even bigger ambitions than text questions-and-answers. And it’s not going to let video giants or startups disrupt its future. This week Quora began testing video answers, because sometimes it’s a lot easier to show someone how something works, the best way to complete a task, or why one thing is better than another than try to write it out for them.… Read More

Soon you’ll be able to voice chat with YouTube commenters in VR

 Have you ever wanted to come face-to-face with YouTube commenters? Yeah, me neither. Nevertheless! Today, Google announced that instead of adding text comments in YouTube VR, the company will be making shared rooms where users can chat by voice in VR. The company didn’t detail whether this would be random users so we’ll have to see how much auditory spam there’s going to… Read More

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is critical to the success of Hulu’s Live TV service

 People tend to think in terms of what they want but don’t have, as opposed to what they have and don’t need. This is poignantly clear in the world of video streaming services. Outright cutting the cord hasn’t trended as quickly as pundits predicted; instead, Netflix, Hulu, HBONow, Amazon Prime and the rest seem to be something that many buyers view as supplementary. But… Read More

YouTube taps creators, celebrities for new original shows on ad-supported site

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The past few days have seen announcements from Twitter, Hulu, and others about the future of online video streaming. Last night in New York, YouTube made an announcement of its own: the Google-owned online video platform will come out with six new original series that will be available exclusively on YouTube. Last year, the company debuted subscription service YouTube Red, which already has original content made by YouTube and its creators, but these new shows will be available only on YouTube's regular ad-supported site.

The six new shows all have a YouTube creator or celebrity attached to them. Kevin Hart's show, Kevin Hart: What the Fit?, will take the comedian and his friends into new and sometimes grueling fitness situations; Ellen DeGeneres will take viewers behind the scenes of her talk show in Ellen’s Show Me More Show; Demi Lovato documents the writing and recording of her newest album in I Am: Demi Lovato; and Ryan Seacrest (unsurprisingly) developed the talent competition Best.Cover.Ever, in which people submit covers of songs to compete for the change to sing with a megastar. On the YouTube-creator side, Rhett & Link will produce a long-form version of their popular show Good Mythical Morning while more slow-motion experiments from YouTube's The Slow Mo Guys will be documented in The Super Slow Show.

The new show announcements were made at YouTube's annual Brandcast event. Not only did YouTube executives highlight recent achievements at the event, but YouTubers and celebrities also came out with their stories of how YouTube changed their lives. Kevin Hart spoke about how his international fanbase grew from people finding clips of his comedy on YouTube, and The Late Late Show host James Corden credited YouTube for his recent rise to fame, calling out the popularity of his Carpool Karaoke segments (his Carpool Karaoke scene with Adele was the "most viral" video on YouTube in 2016).

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YouTube announces new shows from Ellen Degeneres, Kevin Hart, Katy Perry and more

 YouTube wrapped up tonight’s BrandCast event for advertisers by announcing seven new shows. Some of them come from YouTube stars like Rhett and Link, who are creating a longform expansion of Good Mythical Morning, and The Slow Mo Guys, who are launching something called The Super Slow Show. The other shows feature stars from beyond YouTube. There’s Ellen’s Show Me More Show,… Read More

YouTube channel tries swapping hosts, gets caught by 1 million subscribers

Enlarge / It's cool, old SourceFedNERD fans. This new channel's host, which just automatically appeared in your feed because it overtook the original channel's URL and subscriber counts by way of corporate ownership, is a nerd, too. (credit: NowThis Nerd)

Used to be that when a beloved media property was replaced, you found out by flipping the dial. Maybe you'd tap the "favorite" button on your car dash or tap the 2- or 3-digit channel number on your remote, only to find that a beloved radio or TV channel had switched formats.

On Thursday, the Internet equivalent happened to a once-beloved YouTube channel—and showed exactly why those old days of quiet format swaps aren't so easy to do anymore.

Caught changing the Source

The SourceFed family of video channels began as part of YouTube's "original content" initiative in 2011, and it revolved around hosts commenting on news and gossip. The initiative eventually splintered off with video feeds focused on certain topics, including a dedicated "NERD" channel that eventually topped one million YouTube subscribers on its own. SourceFed's various feeds lasted about five years before its final owners, Group Nine Media, shuttered the operation last year.

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