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  • YouTube Kids app is deceiving, targets young children with unfair and deceptive advertising: Consumer groups April 7, 2015

    Washington: The new YouTube Kids mobile app targets young children with unfair and deceptive advertising and should be investigated, a group of consumer advocates told the Federal Trade Commission in a letter on Tuesday. Google introduced the app in February as a "safer" place for kids to explore videos because it...
  • VP9: How Google is bringing us closer to high-quality, buffer-free videos April 7, 2015

    New Delhi: VP9, a new video compression codec that YouTube is using, is bringing higher quality video to users while using lesser bandwidth. YouTube, in a blog post, explains how this video compression codec "bumps everybody one notch closer to our goal of instant, high-quality, buffer-free videos." VP9 is the most...
  • Will you pay to watch video clips online? March 24, 2015

    San Francisco: Would you pay to see some of the Internet's best video clips first? Vessel, a new service trying to change the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet and mobile devices, is betting on it. Instead of free-for-all distribution supported solely by advertising, Vessel will charge...
  • Sony launches PlayStation Vue online TV service for $50 a month March 19, 2015

    New York: Sony Corp on Wednesday launched its PlayStation Vue Web video service in three cities, targeting customers looking for cheaper alternatives to cable with packages starting at $50. The Web and cloud-based television service, which allows users to access live TV and on-demand video, has been in test mode since...
  • Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks launches paid nonfiction video streaming service March 19, 2015

    New York: Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks on Wednesday launched a subscription streaming service for fans of science, technology and history, with the goal of dominating the nonfiction category in on-demand, online video. Hendricks said the ad-free service CuriosityStream fulfilled his long-held desire to deliver programming that people can watch whenever...
  • YouTube Kids for children to be launched on February 23; will come with parental controls, big icons, minimal scrolling February 20, 2015

    Bengaluru: YouTube is releasing a new app for children next week, called YouTube Kids, which will run on smartphones and tablets and focus on kid-appropriate content. The free app from Google's online video service will be available for download from February 23 and will feature kid-friendly design, with big icons and...
  • Twitter launches new group chat and video features January 28, 2015

    San Francisco: Twitter on Tuesday began rolling out new group chat and video features as it worked to ramp up use of the one-to-many messaging service. "Private conversations on Twitter are a great complement to the largely public experience on the platform," product director Jinen Kamdar, whose handle is @jinen, said...
  • YouTube explores paid, ad-free version October 29, 2014

    San Francisco: YouTube, the popular online video service owned by Google, is planning to offer a paid, ad-free version, the head of the site said. The move would represent a significant change for the world's No. 1 online video website, whose free videos, often accompanied by short commercials, attract more than...
  • Facebook bolsters video content, challenges YouTube September 12, 2014

    Facebook has approached some of YouTube's biggest content producers to get them to distribute their videos on the social network, the Wall Street Journal said on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Facebook seems to be taking on Google's video site by trying to lure its biggest content producers to...
  • Move over Chuck Norris, the Internet has crowned a new hero this week Tim Howard July 4, 2014

    San Francisco: Move over Chuck Norris, the Internet crowned a new hero this week that's US goalkeeper Tim Howard. The 35yearold player became a Twitter sensation after an astounding 16 saves in the US team's match against Belgium, as the knockout stage of the World Cup continued to play...
  • Twitter buys SnappyTV to beef up video sharing on social media June 20, 2014

    New York: Twitter said Thursday it has bought SnappyTV, a California firm that lets people edit and share clips from TV broadcasts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. SnappyTV, launched in 2010, has been collaborating with Twitter to "inject the best video content into Twitter's realtime conversation, straight from the TV...
  • Yahoo in talks to buy online video service News Distribution Network for $300 million: Report April 1, 2014

    San Francisco: Yahoo Inc is in preliminary talks to acquire online video service News Distribution Network for $300 million, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Monday. The deal could further Yahoo's efforts to bolster its online video programming and video advertising revenue, according to the report, which...
  • Wonder PL, a new video platform, wants to take on YouTube, Vimeo March 18, 2014

    Wonder PL, a new video platform for lifestyle content that launched on March 13, is taking direct aim at YouTube and Vimeo while hoping to capitalise on the soaring popularity of online video. Backed by Universal Music Group, Qualcomm Ventures, former Apple executive Pascal Cagni and a personal investment by Vice...
  • YouTube to bring offline video viewing with 'Add to Device' feature September 18, 2013

    New Delhi: YouTube is introducing a new feature in the YouTube app this November that will allow users to watch video content for a short period of time, even when an Internet connection is unavailable. With the Add to Device feature users, even when they are not connected to the Internet,...
  • No surprise, Facebook rolls out video for Instagram to challenge Vine June 20, 2013

    New Delhi: As speculated, Facebook is adding a video service to its popular photosharing app Instagram, following in the heels of Twitter's growing videosharing app, Vine. If users like it, Facebook's move could propel mobile video sharing into the mainstream. Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom said users will be able to record...
  • Google opens up YouTube video rental and purchase for Indian users March 28, 2013

    New Delhi: In sync with making Google Play Movies available in India, Google has also introduced YouTube video rentals and purchases for Indian users. YouTube Rentals is a paytoview model on YouTube. This model allows content owners to generate revenue tapping into the world's largest online video community. The YouTube Rentals...
  • New H.265 video format approved by UN January 28, 2013

    Geneva: The UN telecommunications agency says its members have agreed upon a new compression format that could dramatically cut the amount of Internet bandwidth currently used by video files. The International Telecommunication Union says the format, or codec, known as H.265 would require just half the amount of data needed by...
  • Soon, jail term for sharing porn online, MMS October 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Sharing porn or obscene videos online or through multimedia messaging services (MMS) may soon attract a prison term up to seven years and a maximum fine of Rs 5, 00,000, the government proposed Thursday. These stringent punishments are part of the amendments proposed in the Indecent Representation of...
  • YouTube alienates amateur users by courting pros October 5, 2012

    San Francisco: After struggling for years, in late 2010, Driving Sports TV, a scrappy, twoperson video production outfit led by Ryan Douthit, finally began supporting itself with advertising income from YouTube. It didn't matter that the channel's production set was simply a green screen in Douthit's cramped garage in a leafy...
  • Apple drops builtin YouTube app from iOS 6 August 7, 2012

    San Francisco: Apple's new version of its iPhone and iPad software iOS 6 will not include a preloaded app for Google Inc's popular video website, YouTube, Apple said on Monday. It was the latest sign of the growing rivalry between the technology companies the once were closely aligned but...
  • iStream.com bags Web rights for IndiaSL Series July 20, 2012

    New Delhi: Online video service, iStream.com, has acquired the live streaming and video on demand rights for the IndiaSri Lanka limitedovers series starting on Saturday. The series comprises five ODIs and a Twenty20 match. The deal was signed with Sporty Solutionz, which has got exclusive Internet and mobile rights for this series...
  • China wants to censor online video content July 11, 2012

    Beijing: China's broadcasting and Internet regulators have told Internet video providers that they must prescreen all programs before making them available, tightening state censorship of increasingly popular online drama series and minimovies. The new rule was issued jointly by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) and the State...
  • US shuts 16 sports streaming websites February 3, 2012

    New York: Three days before Super Bowl XLVI, US prosecutors said they seized 16 websites that illegally streamed live sports and payperview events over the Internet, and charged a Michigan man with running nine of those websites. According to the government, the 16 websites provided links to give viewers easy access...
  • Hulu to launch first original scripted show January 16, 2012

    Los Angeles: Hulu will broadcast its first original scripted series next month, a political comedy that will debut during the reallife Republican presidential primary. The online video service is ramping up its rivalry with Netflix Inc. Aimed squarely at an audience loyal to cutting edge comedy such as "The Office" and...
  • Rebecca Black tops YouTube videos in 2011 December 21, 2011

    New York: Rebecca Black's infamous Friday video has topped all other YouTube videos of 2011 with 180 million views. The Google Inc. videosharing site announced its mostviewed clips of the year Tuesday. The 14yearold Black was turned into a viral video celebrity after her parents paid a production company to make the...
  • YouTube renovates website with a new look December 2, 2011

    San Francisco: YouTube has reprogrammed its website to make it easier for viewers to find and watch their favourite channels. The facelift, unveiled Thursday, is the latest step in YouTube's attempt to make the Internet's most popular video site as easy to navigate and as compelling to watch as cable TV....
  • Yahoo India launches free online video service November 22, 2011

    New Delhi: Internet major Yahoo India today announced the launch of a free online service, 'Yahoo! Video', in partnership with TV channels and film production houses. "Online video consumption is growing at a rapid pace. However, what the Indian market lacked was a safe and piracy free destination delivering...
  • Vuclip launches mobile movie portal November 17, 2011

    New Delhi: Mobile video service Vuclip has announced an independent mobile movie portal for Indian films. Called Starlight Cinema, the portal offers more than 9000 movie clips in 13 Indian languages including Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Punjabi, Oriya, Rajasthani, Kashmiri, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Starlight Cinema includes clips, trailers...
  • Google releases 'Life in a Day' movie on YouTube November 1, 2011

    New Delhi: One of the most unusual movies of recent times is now available on a computer screen near you. Google has announced that Life in a Day is now available on YouTube. "On July 24, 2010, thousands of people around the world recorded videos of their lives to take part...
  • Hulu sale called off after months of talks October 14, 2011

    Los Angeles: An attempted sale of online video website Hulu has fallen through after months of difficult and complex negotiations between owners such as Walt Disney Co and potential buyers. Hulu's owners, which also include News Corp, Comcast Corp's NBC Universal and Providence Equity, said in a statement on Thursday they...