Google TV launches over 25 new channels

Google TV is to launch more than 25 new channels to its TV’s lineup, with now over 100 free built-in channels available on the platform. Viewers can watch the new channels on Google TV with no separate app download or sign-in required, according to Google. Google TV’s lineup of channels include series like Top Gear, […]

YouTube looks to new TV features as ad and subscription revenue rise

YouTube contributed to Google parent Alphabet’s strong showing in the second quarter, with YouTube ad revenue growing to US$7.665 billion, up from US$7.34 billion last year. Alphabet now plans to bring new features to YouTube’s presence on connected TV, which is seen as a key growth platform for the video streaming service. On the Alphabet […]

YouTube hikes prices for Premium offerings

YouTube plans to rise prices for its YouTube Premium subscription plan in the US from $11.99 to $13.99 per month. According to the Google-owned video content service, the YouTube Music Premium plan has also been increased from $9.99 to $10.99 per month. It marks the first price increase for US subscribers since launching the YouTube […]

YouTube reportedly testing online gaming

YouTube is testing an online gaming product among employees, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. According to the paper, citing internal company communications, the Alphabet-owned video site is testing a new product called Playables, with games including arcade game Stack Bounce being tested internally. The Journal reported that games can be played […]

YouTube removes restrictions on ‘false claims’ around presidential election

YouTube in the US is to drop restrictions on content that makes ‘false claims’ around US presidential elections that it imposed in December 2020 amid bogus claims by then president Donald Trump that the election had been stolen. In a blog posting, YouTube  said “it was time to reevaluate the effects of this policy in […]

YouTube introduces unskippable 30-second ads for CTV

YouTube has unveiled a range of innovations at its Upfront event in New York to make the service more appealing to TV ad buyers, including the introduction of 30-second unskippable ads to the YouTube Select offering on connected TV. Instead of seeing two 15-second ads consecutively, users will see one 30-second unskippable ad. YouTube Select […]

YouTube TV planning to up picture quality to 1080p

YouTube is planning to improve the picture quality of its premium YouTube TV offering in the coming weeks. The Google-owned video platform has revealed that it is “testing transcoding changes” including a bitrate increase for live 1080p content, a significant change from the current standard 720p resolution for most content. The higher bitrate stream will […]

Google TV makes its move to become leading FAST channel aggregator

Google TV is seeking to establish itself as a key FAST channel aggregator, by bringing hundreds of free TV channels from leading players in one place. According to the firm it now offers “more free TV channels in one place than any other smart TV platform.” Commenting via its website, Google said: “Starting today, we’re […]

YouTube tests higher-quality video for Premium subs

YouTube has begun testing a higher-quality 1080p video option that is only available to premium subscribers. A Reddit user first spotted the new 1080p Premium setting with an enhanced bit-rate, leading YouTube to admit that it was testing the new higher-quality setting with a limited number of premium subscribers. As cited by PCMag, YouTube said […]

Vodafone expands partnership with Google

Vodafone has unveiled its plans to expand its European collaboration with Google in mobile messaging services, Pixel devices, and Vodafone’s TV platform. The deal will provide Vodafone customers with new messaging experiences through the adoption of Google Jibe Cloud to power Vodafone’s use of Rich Communications Services. Android TV will be adopted as the preferred […]

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