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YouTube Kids app arrives on some LG, Sony, and Samsung smart TVs

YouTube Kids app arrives on some LG, Sony, and Samsung smart TVs

YouTube's service for children, aptly named YouTube Kids, has arrived on some smart TVs, the company has announced. YouTube Kids has already been available on tablets and smartphones, and thanks to this latest app, kids can now watch their favorite streaming content on smart TVs from Sony, LG, and Samsung. The app will be launched for the televisions in 26 countries.

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Here’s how to turn on YouTube’s hidden Dark Mode

Here’s how to turn on YouTube’s hidden Dark Mode

YouTube, for all of its benefits, still lacks at least one basic feature a lot of other video players around the web have. That, as you've probably guessed from the title, is dark mode - even though YouTube has been around since 2006, there's been no official way to "dim the lights" so you can better focus on the video in front of you. Or, to put a finer point on it, there's been no official way that we know about.

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YouTube’s new ad revenue restrictions target video thieves

YouTube’s new ad revenue restrictions target video thieves

Back in 2007, YouTube launched its YouTube Partner Program, a way for its creators to monetize their videos. In the years since, many scammers and opportunistic intellectual thieves have swiped creators' videos and re-uploaded them under their own accounts to try and make some ad revenue money. This has been a persistent complaint among creators, and so YouTube is taking a step to prevent this kind of IP theft: minimum lifetime view thresholds for earning ad revenue.

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YouTube TV has officially launched, but only in a select few cities

YouTube TV has officially launched, but only in a select few cities

After officially unveiling YouTube TV back at the end of February, Google hasn't wasted much time in pushing it out the door. The day is here at last and now YouTube TV is officially available to the cord cutting masses. Well, not all of the masses, but rather those living in major metropolitan areas within the US.

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YouTube mobile livestreaming arrives for some channels

YouTube mobile livestreaming arrives for some channels

YouTube has offered livestreaming from mobile for awhile, but only for channels that have at least 10,000 subscribers. That appeared to be changing recently, as some channels with fewer subscribers noticed they suddenly had the ability to livestream from mobile, as well. That led to speculation that YouTube was easing up on its requirements, and now the company has confirmed that speculation in a roundabout way, changing the info about mobile livestreaming on its website.

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YouTube uses AI to caption video sound effects

YouTube uses AI to caption video sound effects

Last month, YouTube announced automatic video captions that are machine-generated, and now it has announced a new type of automatic captioning that builds upon that -- the captioning of sound effects within a video. The idea here is to give those who are deaf or hard of hearing the ability to perceive the non-spoken parts of a video by writing out the sound effects that happen in between.

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YouTube is getting rid of video annotations

YouTube is getting rid of video annotations

YouTube giveth, and YouTube taketh away. The Google service has announced that it is getting rid of annotations, the obnoxious boxes that popup over a video to provide a link to a different video or some random, usually unwanted message, such as, “Mike meant to say…” or a spelling fix. Getting rid of these boxes used to mean carefully hovering and then clicking their small X button, but those days are numbered.

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YouTube is making VR and 360 videos look ‘more realistic’

YouTube is making VR and 360 videos look ‘more realistic’

YouTube has supported 360-degree and VR videos for a while, and now it is making changes that will improve the quality of those videos. According to a new report from the service’s engineering team, a joint effort is taking place between Daydream and YouTube to make these types of videos look more realistic, doing so using ‘better projection methods.’

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YouTube TV unveiled: live television with major networks, sports, and DVR

YouTube TV unveiled: live television with major networks, sports, and DVR

We’ve been hearing about it for a while, and now it is officially here: YouTube TV, the service’s own live streaming television service. Here no doubt to take on the likes of PlayStation Vue, DirecTV NOW, Sling TV and similar, YouTube TV gives subscribers access to major networks like ABC, CBS, and FOX, as well as major sports networks, an unlimited cloud DVR, and even six accounts under a single monthly subscription. And, of course, there’s no contract to keep you shackled.

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YouTube will stop showing 30-second unskippable ads next year

YouTube will stop showing 30-second unskippable ads next year

If those 30-second unskippable ads on YouTube have you down, then good news: they won't be around for much longer. In an announcement today, Google said that it will stop showing unskippable 30-second ads before YouTube videos beginning next year. That's a move which is likely to be welcomed by many YouTube users.

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YouTube gets machine-generated automatic captions

YouTube gets machine-generated automatic captions

Google first announced captions for its Google Video product way back in 2006, and now it is back with a new related announcement: automatic captions have arrived on YouTube. These captions are machine-generated, something made possible in part by YouTube’s existing caption system and Google’s automatic speech recognition technology. With this feature, a much larger number of videos will gain captions, making them accessible to both the hearing-impaired and those who speak other languages (via machine translation).

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Who is PewDiePie and why do Disney and YouTube suddenly hate him?

Who is PewDiePie and why do Disney and YouTube suddenly hate him?

You may have heard the news from earlier today about a certain YouTuber named PewDiePie getting dropped by Disney for publishing videos with anti-Semitic remarks. One question might remain for a lot of you, though: who is PewDiePie, and why should I care about this? Allow us to shed some light on the matter.

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