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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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Facebook Video app released for Apple TV, Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV

Facebook Video app released for Apple TV, Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV

Facebook Video was announced for release today for several major TV platforms: Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, and Apple TV. What's missing from that list is Google's Android TV - which is surprising. Especially given the staying power of the Android TV platform and the fact that Amazon Fire TV is so extremely similar at its base. It's also strange given the attention Facebook has paid to Google's video products before - like Facebook's ability to stream from a smartphone to a Chromecast of Android TV device (which has Chromecast ability within).

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YouTube and Disney distance themselves from PewDiePie after anti-Semitic videos

YouTube and Disney distance themselves from PewDiePie after anti-Semitic videos

Big time Youtuber Felix Kjellberg, known more commonly as PewDiePie, is back in the news today, but this time for reasons beyond simply trolling his subscribers. He's found himself in hot water with both his network and YouTube after references to Nazism and anti-Semitic remarks were found in a handful of videos. The fallout has been immediate, with Disney-owned Maker Studios dropping PewDiePie from its network.

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YouTube launches four new original shows for kids

YouTube launches four new original shows for kids

YouTube is getting into the original content market, and its efforts now include the introduction of four new shows made specifically for kids. The shows will be available under YouTube Red, and were made for YouTube Kids in particular. The company plans to start rolling out its new kids shows this spring; they feature top YouTube Creators, as well as Fruit Ninja, the fruit-slicing app.

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YouTube Go now in public beta to let anyone download videos

YouTube Go now in public beta to let anyone download videos

YouTube has become the prime source of videos on the Internet that it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that there exists a dozen and a half ways to download videos off the service. There are, of course, legitimate reasons for doing so, which is why YouTube eventually caved in with a download option. With YouTube Go, however, it is taking things even further by not only giving users more control over their bandwidth usage while also making YouTube an even more social experience.

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How to download YouTube mobile live streaming video for iPhone or Android

How to download YouTube mobile live streaming video for iPhone or Android

Mobile live streaming to YouTube will soon be enabled for users with the right set of prerequisites. For everyone else, it's like a combination of a waiting game and a gameified battle to the top. Once creators on YouTube are OK'ed by Google, they'll have access to mobile live streaming to the masses.

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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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