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PlayStation VR gets YouTube 360 support

PlayStation VR gets YouTube 360 support

Sony has announced that its PlayStation VR headset can now be used to watch YouTube’s 360-degree videos. The videos are exactly what they sound like — the 360-degree videos that have been available for watching via Cardboard and other headsets. Following its launch in October, PlayStation VR now finally supports those videos, bringing another element of entertainment to the platform.

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YouTube Super Chat lets viewers stand out during a livestream

YouTube Super Chat lets viewers stand out during a livestream

YouTube has introduced a new feature called Super Chat, a way for viewers to make their messages stand out during a livestream. Says YouTube, anyone who is watching a livestreaming video on the service can buy a Super Chat, which will make their message stick out in the chat stream with a highlight. Those chats then spend five hours pinned to the top of the chat stream for others -- and the YouTube creator -- to see.

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Facebook is becoming YouTube with mid-roll video ads

Facebook is becoming YouTube with mid-roll video ads

We knew they were coming sooner or later, and now ads in Facebook videos seem to be right around the corner. A new report claims that Facebook will soon put mid-roll ads in News Feed videos, splitting the revenue with content creators. This is a big step in Facebook's effort to pull content publishers away from YouTube, though even with ad revenue streaming in for creators, Facebook still has its work cut out for it.

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Samsung to support YouTube HDR playback on 2016 UHD and Quantum dot TVs

Samsung to support YouTube HDR playback on 2016 UHD and Quantum dot TVs

Samsung has announced that it plans to support YouTube HDR playback on TVs for the first time. The support will come via an expanded version of the YouTube application that will run on the TV. This new YouTube app is offered on all 2016 Samsung Quantum dot TVs and UHD TVs.

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Marvel’s fireplace videos bring festive superhero homes to your TV

Marvel’s fireplace videos bring festive superhero homes to your TV

Marvel has a new library of fireplace videos themed after various superheroes, and you can fire them up in your own home via your television. Fireplace videos themselves are nothing new -- they've been on YouTube for years. These ones are a bit different, though. The somewhat annoying Coca-Cola advertisements aside, the fireplace videos contain subtle (and not-so-subtle) nods toward popular Marvel heroes.

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Giroptic iO 360-degree camera is designed for Facebook and YouTube Live

Giroptic iO 360-degree camera is designed for Facebook and YouTube Live

Giroptic iO is a new 360 degree camera that has debuted and is designed specifically to make it easy for users to get live 360 video onto social media platforms. The camera is small and compact with a design meant specifically for attaching to the iPhone or iPad. One of the biggest features of the camera is that it supports live streaming with fully immersive 360 video.

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PewDiePie’s deleted channel trolls, drives up net worth

PewDiePie’s deleted channel trolls, drives up net worth

If you were on Twitter yesterday, there was a good chance you heard that Felix Kjellberg, otherwise known by his YouTube handle of PewDiePie, planned to delete his channel. The famous YouTuber announced last week that he would delete his channel once his account hit 50 million subscribers - a milestone that would be a first in YouTube history. Yesterday, his channel hit that 50 million figure, and he announced via Twitter that he would delete his channel today at 5 PM GMT.

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YouTube’s 2016 review: rattlesnakes, pineapple pens and more

YouTube’s 2016 review: rattlesnakes, pineapple pens and more

It’s that time of the year when companies evaluate their platforms across the last year, compiling interesting tidbits of data. We’ve already seen Flickr’s end of year data, and now we have YouTube’s year-in-review. The video service calls this YouTube #Rewind, and it highlights the biggest trends it saw over the past year, as well as the top ten videos overall and the top ten music videos.

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YouTube flips the switch on 4K streaming

YouTube flips the switch on 4K streaming

YouTube has supported 4K videos for a number of years now, but today the company is taking us one step further into the high-resolution future by enabling 4K streaming. Starting today, YouTube users will be able to stream both standard and 360-degree videos in 4K. If mere 4K isn't enough to satiate your need for high-quality streaming, you might like to know that YouTube supports these streams in up to 60 frames-per-second.

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How to stream the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016 live

How to stream the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016 live

This upcoming Thanksgiving will usher in the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a notable anniversary for the long-running event, and so it's not surprising that many people are interested in watching. In the past, watching the parade live (televised, that is) without cable or satellite was tricky. Thankfully, life has gotten a lot easier for cable-cutters and others without cable, and you'll have a new -- and rare -- option for livestreaming the parade this year.

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YouTube Kids lets parents block annoying sing-a-longs

YouTube Kids lets parents block annoying sing-a-longs

The Internet is deceptive in some ways. “Enterprising” people always find ways around restrictions to put up content that would otherwise be illicit in some contexts. Take, for example, videos on YouTube that are supposedly kid-friendly. Well, some of them might indeed be great for kids, but not for parents. Ultimately, it will be parental units who decide what their offspring can or cannot watch. And now the YouTube Kids app makes it much easier for moms and dads to filter out those that might not suit their idea of child-friendly fun.

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YouTube adds support for HDR videos

YouTube adds support for HDR videos

YouTube has added support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos, it has announced, opening the door for higher-quality content matching the capabilities of high-end televisions. HDR videos are often more detailed than regular videos, with better contrast and clarity, as well as a wide range of vibrant, highly saturated colors. While the technology is still somewhat rare in terms of consumer video devices, it is becoming more common and YouTube is making sure it keeps pace with the trend.

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