Google's chart-topping video asset, YouTube, helped drive the unit's core Internet business-- which includes search and Android as well-- up 14 percent to $74.5 billion in 2015, Alphabet said in its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings report.
LAS VEGAS-- Robert Kyncl, YouTube's chief business officer, said virtual reality will be one of the few key drivers for Google's video strategy in the coming year. "I don't think digital video will grow linearly, I think it will grow exponentially," Kyncl said.
The process T-Mobile US uses to "optimize" streaming video for its Binge On offering is really just throttling the speed at which the content is delivered, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. And that throttling is applied to all HTML5 video streams, the organization claims, even when the phone is capable of downloading at higher speeds.
YouTube is complaining that T-Mobile is degrading the quality of its content because of its Binge On service, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Alphabet's YouTube is increasingly becoming the realm of large companies and broadcasters, with the majority of its 10 most popular videos in 2015 once again belonging to TV networks and major brands.
Alphabet's YouTube is getting into the content rights market, reportedly meeting with Hollywood studios and other content owners to discuss licensing movies and TV series and to hear pitches for original content.
Google-run YouTube is moving ahead with support for the nascent virtual reality format, making it possible for users to upload and view the format on its over-the-top service. The videos currently can be viewed using Google's Cardboard VR viewer and an Android app provided by YouTube.
YouTube's new subscription service, Red, is now live and offering a month-long free trial to U.S. subscribers. The launch adds a new competitive element to the SVOD (subscription video on demand) segment of the online video industry, lining up YouTube more directly against smaller companies that also specialize in user-generated content such as Vimeo.
Despite its announcement of the much-anticipated YouTube Red subscription service just a day earlier, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat took advantage of one more chance to play their cards close to the vest regarding YouTube revenues and other segments. However, the online video service did play a role in pushing revenues above forecasts.
Media conglomerates including 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal, A+E Networks and Turner Networks have reluctantly agreed to supply programming to a new $10-a-month subscription service being launched by YouTube.