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YouTube plans live gaming channel

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YouTube is preparing to take on gaming broadcaster Twitch TV with its own live game streaming service. The online video giant has been interested in live game streaming since its owner, Google, allegedly bid for Twitch last May, according to tech site Daily Dot. In the end, Twitch accepted a $970 million offer from Amazon. YouTube began testing a live […]

YouTube adds 4K search

An update to Google’s video service YouTube has added the option to search for 4K resolution videos on both the online site and Android app. YouTube has supported 4K videos for some time, but this is the first time that users have been given the option to set search filters to include 4K videos – thus making finding ultra-HD content […]

YouTube adds 360 degree videos

YouTube has added 360-degree videos to its service, with users able to watch the content through their browser as well on their phones when paired with a virtual reality headset. The online video portal suggests that the new tool could be used to let viewers “see the stage and the crowd of your concert, the sky and the ground as […]

Top 10 YouTube games channels 2.2bn views a month

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The 10 most popular games channels on YouTube generated more than 2.2 billion video views in January alone, led by Let’s Play gamer Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg with 417.9 million views that month. PewDiePie topped

YouTube launching kids’ app

YouTube will launch a new app specifically for children on February 23rd in a bid to make using the service safer. The app will run separately to the main YouTube service and it will initially be available in the US only, but will be reportedly rolled-out in the UK at a later date. The move has been welcomed by the […]

YouTube launching ad-free subscription service

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Google is preparing to launch an ad-free YouTube subscription service. The online video portal is in the midst of “fine-tuning the experience” which is likely to launch in a few months, according to Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s head of content and business operations, speaking at the Code/Media conference in California. Kyncl added that a subscription offering was important to YouTube because […]

Chromecast passes 1bn streams, YouTube views up 50%

Chromecast, Google’s HDMI dongle that has been on the market for 18 months, is still riding high.  According to analyst group NPD, Chromecast was the top selling streaming device throughout the US in the year of 2014, with users casting more than 1 billion times since its launch. Google’s Chief Business Officer Omid Kordestani said that Chromecast usage per device […]

Dailymotion launches gaming platform

Orange’s video streaming platform Dailymotion has announced the launch of Dailymotion Games, a new live-streaming platform dedicated to gaming. The website, games.dailymotion.com, offers the gaming and electronic sports community a custom-built environment for viewing, sharing, uploading and streaming personal gaming and gaming competitions. The company says it is  a “move into a strong sector”. Gaming content on the platform currently […]

Vloggers must label advertorial content

Video bloggers (‘vloggers’) must make it clear when they are paid to promote products, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has warned. The new guidance was issued following an investigation carried out by kids-focused news service BBC Newsround. Several UK vloggers were paid to praise Oreo biscuits, but none of the videos were labelled as adverts. The ASA ruled that the […]

Minecraft YouTube videos near 50bn views

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Online video firm Octoly has published a report showing that by June 2014, videos featuring content from video-game Minecraft had been watched 30.8 billion times, with only 183 million of those views coming from the channel of Mojang, the game’s publisher. That’s nearly three

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