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.
Social media giant Facebook is testing a new section of its web and mobile sites that will provide a dedicated location for users to find, view or share videos with their Facebook friends. The addition lays a direct challenge at the feet of YouTube and puts other social media sites on notice.
Comcast has introduced a beta version of its new ad-supported short-form video service, Watchable. The service is available for free, without a Comcast subscription, for users of Apple iOS mobile devices, and is also viewable on the watchable.com site as well as Comcast's X1 video platform.
AMSTERDAM-- Gracenote, which supplies pay-TV program guides with metadata on TV shows and movies, said it is working to add what it calls "digital-first content" to its database. Richard Cusick, Gracenote's general manager for video, explained that the company's move is in reaction to interest by pay-TV operators in adding shorter, YouTube-style clips from the likes of Maker Studios and AweseomenessTV to their pay-TV offerings.
"Second-tier" action sports like skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding are taking a prominent place online as millennial viewers, who predominantly consume video content on smaller mobile devices, look for short-duration sports action and a more participatory experience, according to a New York Times article.
Variety briefly uncovered an online demo of Comcast's new online video platform titled, tentatively at least, "Watchable."
Following a week of increased media coverage about the massive amount of video content being posted to its site without the content owners' permission-- and after months of complaints by YouTube creators in particular, who say the problem has affected their revenues-- Facebook said it is developing additional tools to automatically detect copyrighted materials.