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Ovum: FAANG will continue to dominate streaming despite new launches

Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google – the group of tech giants collectively known as FAANG – will continue to dominate the streaming video world despite the launch of multiple new services by US studios, according to an analysis by research outfit Ovum. According to Ovum’s World Information Series-Service provider service, the FAANG five are […]

Chromecast dominating down under 

Chromecast is Australia’s most popular digital TV service, a new study has found.  According to a report from market research company Roy Morgan, 12.1% of Australians own a Chromecast device. This is followed by Apple TV (9.4%), Foxtel Now box (7.7%), Telstra TV (6.7%), Fetch Mighty/Mini (5.5%) and other digital television services (4.5%). Google Chromecast […]

Comcast takes on Google over ad restrictions

Comcast is throwing its weight behind US efforts to pile regulations onto big tech firms. As first reported by Reuters, the company’s video ads division Freewheel has accused Google of “using privacy concerns as a pretext to limit FreeWheel’s ability to sell ads on behalf of its clients’ YouTube channels”. The report, citing four people […]

YouTube announces drastic measures to make verification programme stricter

YouTube has rolled out changes to its verification programme for creators, making it more difficult for channels to receive the verified status, as indicated by a checkmark beside the channel name.  Previously, the only thing required for verification was for a channel to have more than 100,00 subscribers. However, YouTube has now updated its terms […]

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 […]

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