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Update for Google TV

Admitting that the initial version of Google TV “wasn’t perfect”, Google has announced a software update aimed at providing a better user experience. Writing in the Google TV blog, Mario Queiroz, Vice President Product Management, and Vincent Dureau, Director of Engineering, note that with over three billion views a day, sites such as YouTube are […]

October 31, 2011By Colin Mann

YouTube to offer 25 linear channels

YouTube is to offer the first of about 25 professionally aggregated linear channels this January. The gossip is that Google is spending a total of about $150 million with the likes of FremantleMedia, Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine/Reveille group, Warner Bros and others to acquire its programming at a rate of about $5 million per channel – […]

October 17, 2011By Chris Forrester

Google debuts video AdWords

Google has launched an equivalent of AdWords for YouTube’s online video formats TrueView. Advertisers can now create and manage video campaigns across YouTube and the Google Display Network using the same AdWords interface that is used for search, display and mobile ads. Google has launched the service to boost uptake of its interactive video ad […]

September 28, 2011

Wyplay offers YouTube app

Wyplay, a specialist in TV-centric operator software solutions, has integrated the “YouTube on TV” application into its client middleware and is now deploying it with its Vodafone customers. YouTube has developed a free application for the TV that lets users watch YouTube videos on the big screen, in up to 720p HD video quality, with […]

August 31, 2011

IPO values Tudou at $3.2bn

Tudou has priced its initial public offering in New York, raising $174 million in a deal that valued the Chinese streaming video website at $3.2 billion. The offering is of six million shares priced at $29 each. The shares will begin trading on the Nasdaq market this week. Tudou originally filed for its IPO in […]

August 17, 2011 brings library to YouTube, which has compiled the largest collection of licensed Hollywood film clips on the web, will partner with Google to bring more than 20,000 HD clips to YouTube. Movieclips have announced that the clips will be available through the Movie Extras on the YouTube VoD platform, and also through the Movieclips YouTube channel. The clips […]

August 10, 2011

Google plans YouTube content revamp

Google is working on a major overhaul of YouTube as it tries to position itself for the rise of Connected TVs, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to people familiar with the matter, YouTube is looking to compete with broadcast and cable television, which would entail enticing users to stay on the website longer, and […]

April 7, 2011By Colin Mann

YouTube buys Next New Networks

YouTube has purchased Next New Networks for an undisclosed sum. Based in New York and backed by former television executives from Nickelodeon and MTV, Next New Networks has built a network of videos created both in house and by independent filmmakers. YouTube made clear that it has no plans to dive into the content business. […]

March 8, 2011

Orange to buy 49% of Dailymotion

France Telecom’s Orange has revealed that it is in exclusive negotiations with Dailymotion, the world’s second largest online video site, with a view to taking a 49 per cent share in the operation. Once complete, the deal, valued at €58.8 million, will provide Orange with the opportunity to develop a complete multi-screen video offer From […]

January 25, 2011

Italy: Video sharing sites subject to broadcast TV rules

Video-sharing sites such as YouTube could be subject to the same regulations as traditional broadcast television, according to controversial rulings by the Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM). Two rulings published by the Communications Authority state that some streaming and on-demand video sites would require a government licence to operate and be subject to similar editorial controls […]

January 5, 2011