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YouTube eyes service aggregation with planned ‘channel store’

Google-owned YouTube is reportedly set to launch its own video streaming channel store. According to the WSJ, YouTube will join the likes of Amazon, Roku and Apple in launching what is being referred to internally as a ‘channel store’. The platform, which is said to have been in development for at least 18 months, would […]

Google Fiber announces first expansion in half a decade

Google has announced its first broadband expansion in five years. The Alphabet-owned company, which also oversees the Android TV CTV platform, has announced an expansion into Iowa after years of silence. In a blog post, Google Fiber CEO Dinni Jain revealed that the company has been working on adding West Des Moines, Iowa to its […]

Google set to add 50 FAST channels to Android TV

Google looks set to become the latest streaming platform operator to get into the FAST game. According to 9to5Google, code in the latest version of the Android TV launcher app makes reference to the addition of live channels. This seems to confirm reports from mid-2021 that Google was looking to add a live offering to […]

YouTube UK boss announces move to Google Play

YouTube’s UK chief Ben McOwen Wilson is to leave the Google-owned AVOD streamer after more than a decade with the company. McOwen Wilson, who is currently regional director for YouTube EMEA and MD of YouTube UK & Ireland, will depart today to take up a new role leading the Google Play app store in EMEA from […]

YouTube faces slowest ad growth in two years

Alphabet-owned video platform YouTube has experienced its slowest ad revenue growth in two years, the company has revealed.  The platform generated US$7.34 billion in ad revenue in Q2 2022, growing 4.8% year-over-year. This is significantly lower than Wall Street estimates, with analysts expecting YouTube’s ad business to grow 7% YoY to US$7.49 billion. While it […]

YouTube claims five million milestone after five years

Google says YouTube TV now has over five million paid subscribers and ‘trialers’ in the US after five years of existence. “When we launched YouTube TV five years ago, we wanted to make watching TV even more enjoyable — featuring a modern product experience without all the commitments, equipment fees and hassle. Today, we’re humbled […]

Google Analytics outlawed in Italy

Italy’s data protection authority has declared Google Analytics illegal for use in the country. The body, Garante, stated that Google had unlawfully transferred users’ data to the USA in violation of GDPR laws. It said that the US is a “country without an adequate level of data protection.”  In particular, Google Analytics was found to […]

Netflix could partner with Google or NBCU for adtech says report

NBCUniversal and Google have been tipped as the potential partners for Netflix’s ad-supported tier. The cheaper version of Netflix, which could launch before the end of the year, announced that it would introduce an advertising-supported tier in the wake of its Q1 earnings in which it lost subscribers for the first time in a decade. […]

UK watchdog to probe mobile browser market, takes aim at Google in-app purchases

UK competition regulator the CMA is to conduct a ‘market investigation’ into Apple and Google’s stranglehold on mobile browsers along with its impact on cloud gaming. Following a year-long study of Apple and Google’s mobile ecosystems, the watchdog says it is also to take enforcement action against Google in relation to its app store payment […]

Google FCC filing suggests new Chromecast device on the way

A new FCC filing has revealed a new streaming device from Google. Reports emerged at the beginning of the year that Google was working on a cheaper Chromecast device and now Droid-Life has spotted a filing with the Federal Communications Commission to suggest that such a device is on the way. The device is listed […]

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