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TV could be ‘centre of smart home’ says Android TV chief

The TV could emerge as the device at the centre of the smart home, according to  Shalini Govil-Pai, senior director, Android TV. Speaking at IBC yesterday Govil-Pai said that people want to “entertained and educated” on TV, but the TV device can also be used as a way to control smart home devices and play […]

YouTube launches new fashion destination

YouTube has launched a new fashion destination, featuring original and other content from fashion and beauty creators, industry professionals, publishers and luxury brands. The destination, YouTube.com/Fashion, features content from YouTube creators including Camila Coehlho, Jenn Im, Ingrid Nilsen, Safiya Nygaard, Jackie Aina and Huda Beauty, as well as content created in partnership with brands such […]

YouTube rethinks kids in wake of US$170 legal settlement

YouTube is rethinking its approach to kids content after parent company Google agreed to pay US$170 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York attorney general that the video sharing service illegally collected personal information from children without their parents’ consent. The settlement requires Google and YouTube to pay US$136 […]

Google to take YouTube copyright troll to court

Google’s YouTube is suing an alleged copyright troll. The lawsuit claims that the alleged troll, Christopher Brady, had used false copyright strikes to extort YouTubers and is now using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA’s) provisions against fraudulent claims to seek damages and an injunction. As The Verge reports, Brady had sent multiple complaints that […]

Google tests live virtual event crowdfunding tool

A division of Google is testing a crowdfunding service for YouTubers to run events. The service, called Fundo, will allow creators to invite fans to virtual meet-and-greets and other similar online events for a fee, as per Variety. It is being developed by Area 120, an experimental product lab within Google.  The publication sites a […]

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 […]

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