YouTube launches first French premium series

YouTube has launched its first subscription-only French content from Studio Bagel and Golden Moustache. Canal+-owned Studio Bagel’s is providing Groom, a comedy series of 10 episodes of 22 minutes that tells the story of a the owner of a luxury hotel who has to take up the role of a bellhop to avoid being disinherited. […]

YouTube: TV is our ‘fastest growing screen’ 

The television is the “fastest growing screen” for YouTube, while TV content is notching up hundreds of thousands of years of watch time on the service, according to YouTube chief product officer Google senior vice president Neal Mohan. Delivering a keynote speech at IBC yesterday, Mohan said that while more than 70% of YouTube viewing […]

YouTube Premium unveils German originals

YouTube Premium has commissioned its first German originals. The trio of formats form part of a three-part global strategy that will see YouTube work with talent with large following, focus on music docs and programmes, and invest in tentpole shows such as its Karate Kid spin-off Cobra Kai as well as feature film acquistions. YouTube […]

YouSee TV embraces BYOD trend with Apple TV and LG launches

Danish cable and telecom operator TDC is to make its YouSee TV service available via an Apple TV app as well as its own set-top boxes, and will follow up with the launch of an app for LG smart TVs. Jacob Mortensen, managing director of YouSee, said that the operator’s customers “should be able to […]

YouTube rolls out charity donation tools

YouTube has launched YouTube Giving, a new set of features designed to help creators and fans use the platform to donate to charities. YouTube creators and qualifying US-registered non-profits can now create and embed fundraising campaigns next to their videos and live streams via the new ‘Fundraisers’ beta. This will let fans donate to creator-led […]

YouTube mulls putting premium unscripted shows in front of paywall

Luke Hyams, head of the newly formed originals unit at YouTube EMEA, discussed the shows he’s looking for on the platform, including potential high-profile unscripted titles that may be placed in front of its paywall. During a panel session at Edinburgh’s International TV Festival, Hyams discussed the programming he is looking to commission for YouTube, […]

ONS: 46% of UK adults use services like Netflix

The proportion of UK adults who watched on-demand video from commercial services like Netflix has risen from 29% in 2016 to 46% in 2018, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). While the ONS said that the most popular online activity in 2018 is sending or receiving emails, with 84% of adults doing this, […]

YouTube: viewers watch 180m hours on TV every day

YouTube viewers now watch over 180 million hours of the video service on TV screens each day, despite YouTube’s popularity on mobile devices, according to figures released by the company. YouTube attracts 1.9 billion logged-in users to the service each month with the community continuing to grow, revealed YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki in a blog […]

Parks: US viewers watch two hours of ‘alternative content’ per week

US broadband households watch an average of two hours of “alternative content” on a computer each week from sources including Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion, according to Parks Associates. The research firm said that nearly one-half of US broadband homes watch user-generated content on a monthly basis and more than 10% watch livestreamed content – […]

YouTube rolls out new features as it looks ‘beyond ads’

YouTube has introduced a host of new features, including channel memberships and merchandise options, as it aims to “think beyond ads”. Announcing the new tools at Vidcon, YouTube’s chief product officer, Neal Mohan, said that the video service has been working on new tools to help creators better engage with their fans and “make money […]

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