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.
Roku has added YouTube access to all of its current-gen set-top boxes, with the new YouTube channel working any any Roku launched after July 2011. The much-demanded streaming support will mean that users can finally retire the unofficial YouTube channels they've been forced to turn to in order to get Google's service on their TV.
They may not have planned it this ways, but YouTube is the go-to channel for music and videos amongst the young audiences between 12 and 24. Taking into consideration its billion plus monthly users, that includes this segment, a paid on-demand music streaming service seemed the natural progression. Although Google had originally planned to launch the service late last year, the project is still a work-in-progress due to several reasons.