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.
Google's video sites, including YouTube, attracted the most viewers during the second quarter, according to comScore. Facebook and Yahoo Sites held firmly to the second and third positions, the firm said, with Google taking the lion's share of unique views.
Updated: YouTube's answer to live-streaming game site Twitch is now live: YouTube Gaming is available in every country in which the top OTT video site operates, Ars Technica reports.
Facebook may be helping to build an online video dream market for marketers, who now have another user-heavy option on which to place their ads, but for YouTube-based content creators, the social media giant is becoming a nightmare as lost views impact their revenue.
Details continue to leak out on Comcast's rumored web video platform Watchable, including that the company will offer content suppliers better terms than Facebook and YouTube. And some analysts are already expressing serious reservations about whether the service will generate interest among Comcast customers and Internet users overall. However, according to a Wall Street Journal report, Comcast has relatively low expectations for the forthcoming service, and is positioning Watchable as a way to entice younger TV viewers to its TV packages.
Comcast is reportedly preparing to launch an online video platform called "Watchable" that will feature content from the likes of AwesomenessTV, Refinery29, The Onion, Vice, NBC Sports and others sometime in the next few weeks, according to a new report from Business Insider that cited unnamed sources familiar with the company's plans.
Google's OTT juggernaut, YouTube, will remain a part of the company after the search engine giant reorganizes as a number of separate subsidiaries under a new holding company, Alphabet.
YouTubers are watching Google's online video service more than they ever have: watch time grew 60 percent compared to the same period last year, which YouTube noted is the fastest growth rate in two years. And brand advertisers are warming up to the OTT service as well, tripling commitments to Google Preferred and buying in to other programmatic ad schemes.
ASPEN, Colo.--Although YouTube has a growing number of innovative competitors, CEO Susan Wojcicki says that she isn't worried as long as YouTube is growing and users are engaged. Specifically, she noted that YouTube users, which now top 1 billion globally, are growing 50 percent year-on-year.
After a flurry of high-profile purchases that included Disney's $950 million acquisition of Maker Studios and Otter Media's $300 million takeover of Fullscreen, the bulk of the big YouTube multichannel network buys might be behind us. But acquisitions in the YouTube MCN market are still worthwhile to explore, according to Ampere Research.