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YouTube to start another big round of content investment

YouTube to start another big round of content investment

YouTube has announced that it is investing more money to bring a professional level of content to its website in an attempt to lure more viewers and advertisers. The new round of investments, nearly a year after YouTube invested $100 million to create over 100 new channels, including a lot of celebrity content. Google says that it will provide a second round of funding to between 30% and 40% of its original partners.

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YouTube search rankings no longer based on clicks

YouTube search rankings no longer based on clicks

The days of using thumbnails of scantily-clad and well-endowed women to drive clicks to your YouTube videos - thereby placing them higher in the search results - are over. Today, YouTube announced that it's changing what it bases its search rankings on. Instead of determining search placement by looking at the number of clicks a video has received, YouTube will instead be basing its search results on the time spent viewing the video.

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BBC debuts new Media Player for Android phones and tablets

BBC debuts new Media Player for Android phones and tablets

If you're a fan of TV shows on BBC such as Doctor Who and others, BBC has good news for you if you use an Android device. The BBC has begun rolling out a new secure video player for Android phones and tablets called BBC Media Player. The BBC mobile technical team says that the new Media Player is being used with the mobile view of BBC's iPlayer website.

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Looxcie live video streaming hits iOS, Android, and Facebook

Looxcie live video streaming hits iOS, Android, and Facebook

The folks at Looxcie have brought their fabulous mobile-connected streaming camera abilities to iOS and Android devices this week along with Facebook too! This update brings the Looxcie streaming video environment out to your smartphone - no longer requiring that you use the Looxcie Bluetooth Video Camera device - and also connects you with a new Facebook app to make the whole experience perfectly simple and smooth!

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Hulu CEO reportedly on the way out

Hulu CEO reportedly on the way out

Hulu might be going through some big changes within the next month, Variety reports. According to an uncovered internal memo, Hulu may find itself without a CEO at some point September, and the company may end up with less content to offer its viewers. If all of this is true, it could potentially change the streaming service as we know it.

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Netflix expanding to Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland

Netflix expanding to Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming media services in the United States, with the company recently expanding into the UK to try and woo the local population with easy movie and TV streaming. Now the company is setting its sights on the rest of Europe, today announcing that it will soon be available in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. Netflix says the full service should launch in those countries towards the end of 2012.

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Hulu Plus lands on Apple TV

Hulu Plus lands on Apple TV

Apple may be calling the Apple TV a hobby, but there’s no doubt that the minature streaming media box has garnered some attention from various content providers. Netflix has been available on the Apple TV for some time, but Hulu has been noticeably missing. It looks it won’t be missing any more, as multiple users have taken to Twitter to show off the new Hulu Plus app that has been pushed out to Apple TVs across the United States.

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Hulu new video player launches

Hulu new video player launches

Hulu has updated its streaming video player to allow for a cleaner look, a more user-friendly layout of buttons and controls, and even a new feature or two thrown in to prove to users that it is constantly working to provide the best experience possible. This is one of several major upgrades to the Hulu Web player, while rival Netflix has been focusing much stronger on its presence on non-computer devices.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video adds Warner TV shows

Amazon Prime Instant Video adds Warner TV shows

Amazon has signed a deal with Warner Brothers Television that will see the online retailer gaining access to televisions shows such as Fringe, The West Wing, and Alcatraz for its Prime Instant Video service. Anyone who subscribes to Amazon Prime gains access to on-demand movies and TV shows that can be accessed via a multitude of devices, and now Warner’s TV catalogue will be added to the list of available content.

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