Disney strikes TVOD deal with Google UK

Hollywood studio Disney has struck transactional video-on-demand deals with online video services YouTube and Google Play in the UK. The deals, the first signed by the company in the region, mean that customers can acquire or rent movies on their computers or smartphones. Movies available via the services include recent hits Real Steel and Fright […]

YouTube sees growth in subscriptions following channel revamp

YouTube has seen growth of 60% in daily unique visits to its channels since it revamped the channel offering in December, with daily net subscriptions up by 50%. YouTube is now moving all its channels to the new layout and has introduced a number of new features, Channel Feed shows all videos uplaoded to a […]

Google upgrades YouTube app for Google TV

Google is to update the YouTube experience on its Google TV platform. The internet giant will enable users of Google TV to update their YouTube app through the Android Market. According to Google, the upgraded app will work faster and provide smoother navigation, as well as providing a new Discover feature that allows people to […]

Reuters TV launches on YouTube

News agency Reuters has launched a YouTube channel featuring 10 news, commentary and analysis programmes covering hard news, finance, politics, technology and Reuters investigations. Reuters TV is available via a Reuters-branded YouTube channel and on Reuters’ website. “This deal with YouTube gives Reuters a way to showcase our collection of talented journalists and compelling video […]

Google gives YouTube a TV-like makeover

Google has launched a new design for YouTube, offering  viewers access to a range of channels and personalised recommendations as it prepares to transform itself into something more akin to a TV platform.                   Visitors to the site now see a customisable choice of channels down the […]

Sony adds YouTube HD and Twitter to Bravia TV

Sony has introduced a number of new features to its Bravia connected TVs including YouTube HD, Twitter Ticker and Facebook videos and photos in full screen. Twitter Ticker provides rolling updates of the latest tweets while viewers are watching TV programmes, and users can also share TrackID song searches on Twitter. Sony has also extended […]

Teo adds YouTube to IPTV service

Lithuanian telco Teo has added access to YouTube to its Gala IPTV service. Gala subscribers will be able to use their remote controls to sign into their profiles on YouTube and access lists of favourite videos. Videos will be displayed on the TV screen grouped into categories. YouTube via the TV will be available to […]

Google releases new version of TV platform

Google has unveiled a new version of its Google TV service as well as announcing a plan to create 100 original video channels on the YouTube website. The move to launch an improved version of the Google TV platform comes after limited success for Google in its initial foray into TV. The platform, which was […]

SFR brings YouTube to the TV

Subscribers to French telco SFR’s Neufbox TV service can now access YouTube on the TV. A specially developed app uses a virtual keyboard to simplify the process of inputting text to search for videos. Users can also filter results by category, including news, movies, entertainment, comedy, music and sport. The service is available to all […]

YouTube launches UK movie rental service

YouTube has launched a movies-for-rent service in the UK following last month’s launch of a service in Canada. A US service was launched in May. The Google-owned video site is making about 1,000 titles available in the UK from major Hollywood and British studios, including new releases Hanna, Fast Five and Red Riding Hood, library […]