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Pewdiepie starts crowdsourced channel on Twitch with new weekly show

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Since the "feud" between Pewdiepie and mainstream media popped up in February, YouTube's biggest star hasn't stirred up much controversy. Now Pewdiepie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, is taking his newest online video endeavor to another outlet: Twitch. He announced at the end of a recent video that he started a Twitch channel called Netglow and will produce a weekly live show entitled Best Club every Sunday at 11am EST. The first episode aired this past weekend.

According to Pewdiepie, Netglow has been in the works since before the controversy over his anti-Semitic jokes. "I decided this before, before anything, so don't read it the wrong way," he said. "But I wanted to start doing streams on Twitch." Netlgow was his original name idea for Revelmode, the digital network he helped create with Disney's Maker Studios. Disney cut ties with Pewdiepie after The Wall Street Journal reported on his offensive jokes. Google also responded to those reports by removing him from their preferred advertising network for "family-friendly" creators and cancelling the second season of his YouTube Red show.

It appears Pewdiepie may want Netglow to produce content like Revelmode does, but it's unclear if Pewdiepie will be the main content creator, or if he'll bring on other creators to start their own shows. Pewdiepie said he will still be making videos on YouTube, even though a large portion of his videos have been demonetized (the first upload of his video where he announces Netglow got demonetized as well, forcing him to upload a second version). It's not uncommon for YouTube stars to also stream on Twitch, whether they are gaming creators or not. Not only does it let them reach a different audience, but Twitch's live-streaming features are more advanced than YouTube's, giving viewers more special features. While Pewdiepie may have had this idea before his battle with the media and YouTube, it could also be seen as a response to YouTube cracking down on what it sees as offensive content.

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YouTube TV goes live today in five US cities, gears up to add more networks

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YouTube TV was announced at the end of February, and now the service is officially live. YouTube's live TV-streaming service can be accessed by users in five US locations today: New York, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia. The service will come to more cities, but YouTube hasn't given a definitive timeline for the nationwide rollout. The subscription cable-replacement service costs $35 per month, but YouTube is offering a free one-month trial. You can cancel the free trial at any time, and if you decide to stick with YouTube TV, the company will send you a free Chromecast after your first month's payment.

YouTube TV directly competes with services like Sling TV, Playstation Vue, and DirecTV Now, offering live-streamed broadcasts of cable content from networks including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, and more. When announced, YouTube TV boasted 40 networks as well as local programming from area news channels and weather services. It's a decent list of networks covering all types of content, including live sports games and events with networks like NBCSN, FS1, and FS2. Now, YouTube has announced it will be adding AMC, BBC America, FC, Sundance TV, WE tv, and BBC World News to the service at no additional cost. Currently, YouTube TV only has four "add-on" channels that come with an extra fee, including Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus (sorry, no HBO yet). No official date for the inclusion of these new networks has been announced, but they will arrive "soon after launch."

YouTube TV also offers unlimited cloud DVR so you can record as many shows as you want simultaneously and watch them later. Your account will save all those shows for nine months before the oldest content is deleted, but that still gives you much more time than any other live TV-streaming service to catch up. Each YouTube TV membership allows six individual logins, meaning six different users can log in to the same account, record shows, receive personalized content recommendations, and more. However, each membership only allows three simultaneous livestreams, so only three people can watch live TV at once using one account.

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How do you deal with CS:GO gambling? Legitimize it

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Over the past year, the once underground phenomenon of betting on e-sports hit the mainstream. Valve—developer of the first-person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, one of the biggest games in e-sports—found itself on the receiving end of angry parents, civil lawsuits, and government intervention that accused it of facilitating unregulated third-party gambling websites.

It didn't help that prominent CS:GO players and popular YouTubers Syndicate and TmarTn (who boast tens of millions of subscribers between them) were found to be actively creating videos that promoted the skin gambling website CSGO Lotto—a site the pair jointly owned. The problem hasn't been limited to CS:GO either, with Craig Douglas (aka NepentheZ on YouTube) pleading guilty to running an unlicensed FIFA betting website that the court found was "used by children."

When games like League of Legends attract viewerships as high as 14.7 million people—and when the prize pools for competitions now hit tens of millions of dollars—the rise of e-sports gambling was inevitable The question is: how do you deal with it? While Valve succumbed to public pressure and began issuing cease and desist orders to CS:GO websites (most of which are still online today), the reality of the situation is that gambling sites, government-regulated or otherwise, will continue to run—there's simply too much money on the table.

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Former Maker, Disney, Nickelodeon execs raise $6 million for kids media startup Pocketwatch

 With traditional television no longer the powerhouse it once was, today’s kids grow up on a diet of Netflix and YouTube and other digital content. A new startup aiming to be the next big kids brand to tackle this space, Pocketwatch, announced today it has raised $6 million in Series A funding led by Machinima co-founder Allen DeBevoise’s Third Wave Digital, a firm that invests… Read More

Crunch Report | 1 Billion Hours of YouTube A Day

AWS outage is affecting a lot of websites, like Quora and Giphy, humans are watching about 1 billion hours a day of YouTube, Hyperloop could be coming to India and Lux Capital closes a $400 million fund. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

YouTube unveils YouTube TV, its live TV streaming service

youtube-unplugged After a year of rumors, YouTube is finally drawing back the curtain on its latest play for entertainment industry domination — a live TV service. At the company’s Playa Vista offices, a crowd of roughly 100 journalists settled into tables and chairs arrayed in the company’s hangar-like foyer to the strains of “Video Killed the Radio Star” and “Coffee and… Read More

The importance of streaming to e-sports

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 28:  Fans watch an electronic video game tournament with the game "League of Legends" developed by Riot Games during the "Paris Games Week" on October 28, 2016 in Paris, France.  "Paris Games Week" is an international trade fair for video games to be held from October 27 to October 31, 2016.  (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images) There are three key ingredients for a game or pastime to become a sport: playing, competing and viewing. The ability to play and compete are necessary steps in the transformation from game to sport. However, broadcasting and viewing are the crucial components to enable widespread adoption and popularity. Just as with offline sports, e-sports require these elements. Read More

Google teams up with Kaggle to host $100,000 video classification challenge

verticals-mosaic-6x3-big Google and Kaggle today announced a new machine learning challenge that asks developers to find the best way to automatically tag videos. The challenge, which comes with a $30,000 prize for the first-place finisher (and $25,000, $20,000, $15,000 and $10,000 for the next four teams), asks developers to classify and tag videos from Google’s updated YouTube-8M V2 data set. This data… Read More