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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 offers Hollywood advances on ad revenue for stars

Google is enlisting Hollywood stars to supply original content for YouTube. It has been making the rounds of Hollywood’s biggest talent agencies, outlining plans to create a network of channels based around specific themes or niches, such as fashion, food and video games. It is offering stars cash advances against future advertising revenues in return […]

March 28, 2011

C4 and E.On cross-platform tie-up

Channel 4 and energy giant E.On are to co-fund a major cross- platform series called Future Family. The show will centre around a real-life family which lives in a house furnished entirely with energy-saving gadgets and technologies. The five-part series will follow the practicalities of the various energy-saving inventions, which will include futuristic kitchen appliances, […]

March 25, 2011

Netflix gains and engages viewers

Online video viewing data for January showed a 45 per cent increase in time spent on video in the US, and underscored that Netflix’s streaming video service continues to build momentum. Netflix has become the only paid video service to be a top 10 video site on the Internet when looking at total number of […]

February 16, 2011

Exclaim unveils connected photo-sharing app

Exclaim Mobility, provider of mobile photo sharing and socialisation applications, has unveiled Snap TV, a new application that will enable users to view and share their mobile photos in high quality through their Internet-connected televisions. The Snap TV application will be available for download in the coming weeks through the Yahoo Connected TV platform, which […]

February 15, 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

euronews’ new dimension

International news channel euronews has unveiled a range of developments which it claims will take the channel to a new dimension. As 2011 gets under way, the service is switching to a 16/9 format and introducing a range of presentational, organisational and distribution initiatives. euronews is to open 11 news desks during the coming year […]

January 18, 2011by Colin Mann

YouTube continues to dominate US online video rankings

comScore, provider of digital world data, has released data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that 172 million US Internet users watched online video content in November. The total US Internet audience engaged in nearly 5.2 billion viewing sessions during the course of the month. Google Sites, driven primarily by video viewing at YouTube, […]

December 17, 2010

YouTube videos get longer

YouTube said that was lifting the 15-minute limit on uploaded videos, beginning with a subset of users. The change comes as YouTube tries to get people to watch its videos on bigger screens via Google TV. Despite concerns it could also mean more opportunities for people to upload longer copyrighted material, YouTube says it is […]

December 10, 2010

Google acquires Widevine

Shortly after announcing a series of measures better to protect against copyright infringement, Google has revealed it is to acquire digital media solutions provider Widevine with the intention of  improving access to video content across the web. According to Mario Queiroz, Google’s VP of Product Management, with rapidly improving broadband and wireless speeds, more powerful […]

December 4, 2010by Colin Mann