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Napster social video on way?

Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning are reported to be readying their new video social networking service, Airtime, for launch. The service now has a site and is hiring developers, the Napster founders say Airtime  was inspired by Chatroulette, which allowed random people to communicate by video chat. Fanning has said the idea is to “smash […]

March 26, 2012

Youku, Tudou create China’s leading online video company

Chinese Internet television company Youku and Internet video company Tudou Holdings have signed a definitive merger agreement for Tudou to combine with Youku in a 100 per cent stock-for-stock transaction. Upon completion, the combined entity will be named ‘Youku Tudou Inc’. Youku’s ADSs will continue to be listed on the NYSE under the symbol ‘YOKU’. […]

March 13, 2012

YouTube app adds more functionality

Google has revealed it will add functionality to the YouTube experience on Google TV, including complete channel pages and the ability to browse by channel. Currently, users can search by topic area, but the search returns individual video results rather than the channels users see on the desktop version of YouTube. Accessed through Google TV, […]

February 14, 2012

YouTube: 4bn streams a day

Google’s YouTube is streaming four billion videos every day, a 25 per cent increase in the past eight months, according to the company. Meanwhile, about 60 hours of video is now uploaded to YouTube every minute, compared with the 48 hours of video uploaded per minute last May. Last week, Google said that its business […]

January 23, 2012

TV, movie viewing to decline in 2012?

2012 will be a watershed year for the media industry that will see a decline in traditional TV consumption, according to Rich Greenfield of analyst firm BTIG. “We believe 2012 will be a watershed year for the media industry and serve as a historic inflection point for traditional TV consumption,” he writes in a blog […]

January 4, 2012By Colin Mann

YouTube reveals makeover

To complement its launch of TV channels YouTube, Google has launched a significant redesign of the video site for a more TV-like feel, with customisable channels. In October, Google announced that YouTube would be expanding its original content with plans to launch some 96 new video channels over the next year from a variety of […]

December 2, 2011

US online viewing figures hit all-time high

ComScore has released data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that 184 million US Internet users watched online video content in October for an average of 21.1 hours per viewer. The total US Internet audience viewed 42.6 billion videos, representing an all-time high. Google Sites, driven primarily by video viewing at, ranked as […]

November 29, 2011

Family makes £100,000 from YouTube video

A UK family has been paid £100,000 (€117,000) by YouTube after a family video went viral. Howard Davies-Carr is the dad of Charlie and Harry — who became famous through the “Charlie bit my finger – again!” video originally made for their godfather. Since Davies-Carr posted the clip on the file-sharing website it has been […]

November 14, 2011

50% YouTube ads are skippable

Up to 50 per cent of all video ads served on YouTube are now skippable says the company. YouTube introduced the skippable format, In-stream, last December as the first of a series of interactive video ad formats launched under the TrueView brand. The In-stream format lets viewers skip the ad after five seconds and is […]

November 2, 2011

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