YouTube

YouTube blocked in Turkey following Twitter ban

YouTube blocked in Turkey following Twitter ban

Twitter was recently banned in Turkey over failure to remove certain content, something that resulted in a backlash and, as of yesterday, legal ruling that it must be reversed. It seems the battle hasn't been yet won, however, with YouTube now also being blocked in the region due to an allegedly leaked video revealing possible war plans.

Continue Reading

Disney acquires YouTube content producer Maker Studios to reach more millennials

Disney acquires YouTube content producer Maker Studios to reach more millennials

Disney has been on a buying spree over the last year or so. The major purchase for Disney was buying George Lucas' Lucasfilm and announcing that new Star Wars films were coming to theaters. Disney has announced another purchase this week that nets it one of the largest production studios making video for YouTube.

Continue Reading

Valve “Free to Play” gaming documentary video released in full

Valve “Free to Play” gaming documentary video released in full

The team at Valve responsible for releasing the gaming documentary "Free to Play" aren’t making any attempt to pretend it was done for profit in and of itself. Instead, released in its entirety entirely for free, Free to Play is a feature-length documentary aimed at changing the minds of those who view it, or for those that already consider gaming to be a "legitimate" occupation, sport, or activity, to strengthen their resolve.

Continue Reading

YouTube “super flaggers” include law enforcement

YouTube “super flaggers” include law enforcement

YouTube is home to vast quantities of videos, many of which violate its terms of service and guidelines in some way or another. Anyone can flag a video they feel is in violation of the TOS, but some 200 individuals, organizations, and government agencies have so-called "super flaggers" status, giving their flags clout.

Continue Reading

YouTube is down today, it’s not just you

YouTube is down today, it’s not just you

This morning YouTube went down at approximately 11AM CST, with reports coming in throughout the hour. At the moment it would not appear that collection pages are down, just pages with display information about the videos and the videos themselves. Users trying to access YouTube videos throughout the United States are seeing messages that include talk of "something went wrong" and the always classic "A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation."

Continue Reading

YouTube required to change GEMA content notification

YouTube required to change GEMA content notification

When attempting to view certain content on YouTube, German viewers are presented with one of the many content-blocked notifications the video streaming service offers up, this one in particular blaming German rights organization GEMA for the lack of availability. GEMA didn't take kindly to the notification's wording, and took the matter to court.

Continue Reading

YouTube ushers in new design

YouTube ushers in new design

On the company's blogspot today, YouTube announced a couple of changes, most notable among them being a redesign that aims to accommodate screen sizes of all flavors. Users will also see changes to the playlists feature, which makes making and browsing the feature easier.

Continue Reading

YouTube gets new chief Susan Wojcicki as former head starts mystery project

YouTube gets new chief Susan Wojcicki as former head starts mystery project

Google has made Susan Wojcicki its new head of YouTube, with the former chief of the streaming video division reportedly going on to set up an "early-stage project" in the same way that Andy Rubin set aside Android to work on robotics. Wojcicki, who most recently was Google's senior vice president of advertising and commerce, was also the one of the first people to join the company back in 1999.

Continue Reading

YouTube details music industry payouts as labels remain skeptical

YouTube details music industry payouts as labels remain skeptical

Music videos are a popular staple among YouTube users, accounting for a large percentage of the video service's overall views and drawing in countless people every day. The Google company has made a continued push into the market, and this week revealed it has paid out more than a billion dollars to the music industry. Still, labels remain skeptical.

Continue Reading

Gargoyles YouTube streaming tips Disney loosening reigns on media

Gargoyles YouTube streaming tips Disney loosening reigns on media

Supposing you weren't part of the Disney YouTube channel subscriber list and given backstage passes to the uploading of the entire three-season run of the cartoon Gargoyles last year, you likely had no idea they existed. Existed online as a free set of streaming bits, that is. Now Disney is making it a fully public sort of thing: every single episode of the cartoon Gargoyles is up for the watching, in their entirety, straight through Disney's own YouTube channel. This release comes on the 20th anniversary of the debut of the show, if you'd like your daily reminder of the fact that you've been alive a very long time.

Continue Reading

NSA received demonstration on real-time Internet spying from UK’s GCHQ

NSA received demonstration on real-time Internet spying from UK’s GCHQ

NBC News has released some new information from documents it acquired via Edward Snowden, the media company has announced. According to the documents, which NBC has largely made available on its website, the NSA received a demonstration on real-time spying of Internet traffic via the United Kingdom's GCHQ spy agency, specifically a division called Global Telecoms Exploitation.

Continue Reading

Google Video Quality Report to grade how well ISPs deliver YouTube

Google Video Quality Report to grade how well ISPs deliver YouTube

If you've ever tried to use YouTube as a practical measure of how fast your Internet connection is, then you might be in for a surprise. Apparently, Google has the same idea and has launched its Video Quality Report service to gauge an Internet Service Provider's performance based on how well they are able to stream videos from YouTube.

Continue Reading