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YouTube integrates music and videos, launches Premium in 13 European markets

YouTube has launched a new feature that enables users to switch seamlessly between listening to music and watching videos on its YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium services and has expanded the services to new European markets. Users listening to music on the premium service will be able to tap a button at the top […]

Prime Video and YouTube brought back to Google and Amazon products

Google and Amazon have restored their video services to each others devices after almost a year and a half of sparring.  In a statement sent out on Tuesday, Amazon announced the launch of the YouTube app for Fire TV, complete with support for Alexa. Almost simultaneously, Google issued its own statement announced support for Amazon […]

Juniper: Amazon set to disrupt growing digital ad business

Global digital advertising revenues will reach US$520 billion by 2023, with Amazon set to emerge as a key disrupter of the current duopoly enjoyed by Google and Facebook, according to a report by Juniper Research. According to Juniper, the digital ad market will grow by an average rate of 15% annually over the next five […]

OTT market to reach US$330 billion by 2025

The fast-growing OTT market is set to reach new heights in the coming years, a new report has claimed. According to a new study from Allied Market Research, the global OTT market reached US$97.43 billion (€86.97 billion) in 2017 and is projected to reach US$332.52 billion (€296.81 billion) by 2025. This translates to a compound […]

Redesigned Play Store and ‘one-click’ subscriptions headline Android TV update

Google has revealed the latest iteration of Android TV, with a major overhaul of the Play Store being front and centre. At its I/O developer event, Anwar Haneef, product lead, Android TV Ecosystem & Integrations, unveiled a ‘complete refresh’ of the Play Store on Android TV. This refresh gives the interface a cleaner look that […]

Amazon and Google end trade embargo with major new service pact

After a year-long unofficial moratorium on doing business with each other, online platforms Amazon and Google have announced that, in the coming months, the two companies will launch the official YouTube app on Amazon Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition smart TVs, as well as the Prime Video app for streaming to Chromecast and […]

French broadcasters slam YouTube campaign against Article 13

French broadcasters and organisations representing rightsholders have banded together to condemn what they describe as Google and YouTube’s “massive and unprecedented campaign of disinformation” against the EU’s revised copyright directive, currently at the stage of ‘trilogue’ discussions between the European Council, Parliament and the Commission. In an open letter that thanked French culture minister Franck […]

YouTube CEO slams European copyright reform plan

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has spoken out against the European Parliament’s copyright reform initiative, claiming that the legislation will limit free speech for fledgling content creators.  In a quarterly creator letter published on October 22, Wojcicki said that Article 13 of the European Union’s Directive on Copyright “poses a threat to both your livelihood and […]

Sky, Google, Rai join HbbTV Association

A number of high-profile companies have joined the HbbTV Association in the past year, including Google, Sky and Italian public broadcaster Rai. Other new member include Greek public broadcaster ERT, Italian technology provider Kineton, and Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer Skyworth, the association announced. “We are excited about these high-profile companies joining HbbTV Association,” said Vincent […]

Orange partners with Google on submarine cable

Orange has come on board as a partner for Google’s submarine cable project, Dunant, which is due to link the US with the French Atlantic coast when it goes live in late 2020. As the French landing partner, Orange said it will build and operate the landing station on the French Atlantic coast and provide […]

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