Francisco Varela

Days of linear channels are numbered, says YouTube’s Varela

The days of linear TV channels being the predominant way people consume TV are numbered, according to Francisco Varela, head of platform partnerships at YouTube. Speaking on a panel focusing on the shape of TV in 2020 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas on Thursday, Varela said that linear channels “only exist because you […]

VP9 can help YouTube become more ‘TV like’, says Varela

Google’s VP9 video compression codec, the internet giant’s alternative to the H.265 next-generation video compression standard, can help YouTube deliver a more TV-like experience and provide a better way to overcome bandwidth limitations than financial payment to operators for privileged access to networks, according to Francisco Varela, global director of mobile and platform partnerships, YouTube. […]

YouTube looks to extend channels to IPTV EPG slots

YouTube is starting to experiment with making its channels available on IPTV operators’ EPG as part of partner-led initiatives to extend the platform and keep viewers engaged. Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, YouTube’s global director of mobile and platform partnerships, Francisco Varela, said that the video site is working with operators in a […]

YouTube looks to transform TV experience, says Varela

Bringing fully featured YouTube to the TV is a key priority for the video portal, according to Francisco Varela, global director of platform partnerships, YouTube, delivering the opening keynote on the second day of the TV Connect event in London. Varela said that version 4 of YouTube’s TV app and the implementation of the Discovery […]