YouTube TV rolls launches in 34 new metro areas

YouTube has rolled out its subscription YouTube TV service to 34 new metro areas, making it now available in more than 80 cities and locales across the US. The new launch areas include Albany, Baton Rouge, Buffalo, Colorado Springs, Des Moines, Flint, Rochester, Fresno, Knoxville, New Orleans, Omaha, Providence, Spokane, Toledo, Tulsa and Tuscon. YouTube […]

Amazon takes Prime to Apple as Google pulls YouTube from Fire

Amazon has launched the Amazon Prime Video app on Apple TV in over 100 countries worldwide, just as Google pulls YouTube from Amazon Fire TV and Echo Show. The Prime Video app will be available on Apple TV 4K and previous generations of Apple TV, giving Prime Video members with Apple TV devices access to […]

YouTube staffs up to tackle inappropriate content

YouTube has announced plans to grow its ‘trust and safety teams’ to 10,000 people in 2018 to clamp down on content that violates its policies. In an open letter, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said that in the last year YouTube has taken action to protect its community against violent or extremist content. Now it is […]

Vidme failure highlights challenges facing VOD services

Self-styled YouTube-meets-Reddit video-on-demand service Vidme is to shut down, citing competition from Google and Facebook. The US-based streaming service, which provided videos curated by community members across a range of categories, was created in 2014 and claimed at its peak to have close to one million registered content creators and 25 million unique monthly users. […]

Google: YouTube should not be regulated like a broadcaster

Google’s European president Matt Brittin has said it is “appropriate” that YouTube is not subject to the same regulations as broadcasters and newspapers. Speaking at an RTS event in London this week, Google’s president of EMEA business and operations rejected the idea that YouTube is essentially broadcaster and should be treated as such in the […]

YouTube launches Snapchat inspired ‘Reels’ video format

YouTube has launched Reels, a new feature inspired by the ‘stories’ video format first popularised by Snapchat and later adopted by other services like Instagram. Announcing the new format, which will initally be available in beta to a select group of content creators, YouTube said that Reels is designed to offer an easy way for […]

YouTube Red to launch in the UK ‘at some point’

YouTube’s subscription service YouTube Red will launch in the UK “at some point”, though no date has been confirmed for the rollout, according to Google’s European president Matt Brittin. Speaking at a Royal Television Society (RTS) event in London last night, Brittin, who is president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and business […]

Ofcom: live TV ‘still important’ to children

Live viewing on the TV remains “an important part of children’s lives”, with the TV still used by more children than any other device for watching content, according to Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator’s ‘Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report’ claims that For younger children, watching TV on the TV set makes up […]

YouTube revamps Kids app with new look and controls

YouTube has updated its YouTube Kids app with new kid profiles to customise a child’s experience of the service and fresh parental controls. Parents can now set each of their children up with their own profile and the app will tailor content based on a child’s age. The app will look different for different aged […]

YouTube TV launches new ‘lean back’ app

YouTube is set to launch a new ‘lean back’ app for its US subscription offering, YouTube TV. The big screen application is due to start rolling out in the coming days and will include a new live guide that will show what’s airing soon, and a “more cinematic look”. Also new will be the ability […]

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