With Google I/O starting tomorrow, eager tech fans await what could be in store for us. We’re sure to get a few trinkets like Android Wear, but Google also made some glaring omissions from their session schedule this year. Unlike years past, the company isn’t covering all of their services, and have left a few in the lurch.
YouTube's apparent attack on independent artists and labels refusing to concede to its new premium subscription music contract may not see the Google-owned service take their videos down: it'll just cut off their income stream. Reports earlier this week suggested YouTube was taking a heavy-handed approach to some big-name indie artists, threatening to pull their content if they didn't sign up to what insiders claimed were unfair terms.
Indie artists as big as Adele and the Arctic Monkeys could be yanked from YouTube within a matter of days as the streaming video service demands they sign up with a new subscription music platform or find somewhere else to host their content. YouTube plans to begin limited testing of the streaming service, which is expected to support offline and ad-free playback, shortly, ahead of a broader roll-out later in 2014, but independent artists could disappear "in a matter of days." Continue Reading
Sony, amongst news and previews of games galore and the upcoming white version of the PlayStation 4, has announced news that the console will be getting YouTube in the near future. Such an announcement was made during the company's E3 2014 conference, and includes sharing perks for gamers.
We’ve all been there; that YouTube video stops loading, and you curse the service under your breath. To explain away the troubles, Google has released their Video Quality Report in the US, which gives us an idea of whether it’s Google that can’t get video to us, or (more likely) our Internet Service Provider (ISP) who is flatlining our cat videos.
Yahoo is planning to introduce its own YouTube alternative this upcoming summer, according to "people brief on their plans." It is said the company wanted its video service to be known by now, having intended to reveal it last month, but ran into contract snafus that caused a delay.
Nintendo, who is seeing slumping sales and even poorer revenue numbers, is readying a program for YouTubers to monetize their video clips. In a statement, Nintendo said they were setting up an affiliate program, and clips used in “appropriate circumstances” could be monetized. It’s a lot like their current agreement with YouTube, but they’re cutting creators in this time.
Google’s YouTube is updating their service for creators, giving them more tools and options. The incoming changes should also make it easier to stay mobile, as YouTube’s chiefs are promising a new mobile app specifically for creators. Monetization is also seeing a tweak, giving creators more options to crowdfund right from YouTube.
While we’re waiting for Star Wars 7 to arrive, the folks behind Star Wars - at Lucasfilm - are releasing a number of long-form clips from their archives. One released in segments will be the classic documentary From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga. This documentary has never officially been available to the public before, and is fully narrated by none other than Mark Hamill.