Posts tagged with: YouTube
  • by |

    While there’s no disputing the benefits of a completely ad-free YouTube watching experience, no third-party apps or browser extensions needed, Google felt a little greedy and unreasonable to charge $10 a month just for that. But YouTube Red isn’t all about canceling video interruptions, as it also includes a Play Music subscription at no additional costs, easy offline saving capabilities, and background play support for mobile device multitasking. Plus, early service adopters will get to exclusively enjoy a trio of original movies produced by top YouTube content creators, as well as a ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The rise of affordable VR hardware has created a growing need for VR content, and not content to be left behind as new challengers arrive to offer it to us, YouTube's been stepping up to help lead the way. Already, that's meant supporting both flat panoramas and, more recently, fully 3D 360-degree video. Now we're getting ready for the next chapter in that story, as we receive word that YouTube's about to step up its VR-video support with live streaming 360-degree content. Reportedly, YouTube's been meeting with companies behind various 360-degree cameras in the interest of making sure ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    T-Mobile claims that its zero-rated data scheme for video is not "throttling," a claim YouTube and the Electronic Frontier Foundation don't agree with. But whether or not you appreciate the delicate regulatory aspects of such programs like Binge On — and believe you me, the FCC is certainly interested — is irrelevant here. If you're a T-Mobile subscriber, be it for a capped or unlimited LTE data plan, you're automatically opted-in to Binge On. And if what the EFF found out about the program irks you, you do have the option to turn it off. Thing is, T-Mobile doesn't make it easy. There ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    This development may put the FCC's meeting with T-Mobile in a new light — and perhaps the meetings with AT&T and Comcast as well. After YouTube took first spat against T-Mobile's Binge On program that zero-rated end users' costs for access to 480p video. That's so long as video providers ask to be on the program, which is free to participate in. YouTube was and is not a partner in the program and the company is claiming that its video is being "throttled" down to 480p. T-Mobile responded with a different term, "downgraded," which supposedly conforms with net neutrality. The ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    When a company acknowledges a "less flattering" way of addressing spats with another company, you're likely to raise an eyebrow or two — no more, though. T-Mobile subscribers using the eyes below their brows to browse their YouTube subscriptions might have noticed their viewing on the go stuck at 480p. YouTube used the word "throttling" in its reading of the act to T-Mobile via the Wall Street Journal. It's not one of the 24 video service partners that signed on with T-Mobile's Binge On program that zero-rates data fees for end users while they watch optimized videos. T-Mobile has ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Last month, T-Mobile announced Binge On, a scheme that offers to give the carrier's users unlimited access to streaming video that won't count against their data plans – so long as they're cool with down-sampled resolutions and decreased bandwidth. The service only covered streaming video from select providers, and if users didn't want to live with those trade-offs, they were always free to opt out – or so we thought. Now YouTube is alleging that T-Mobile is throttling its video connections to the carrier's users, even though YouTube is not among the services signed up to be a part of ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    If you're watching YouTube videos on your smartphone, count yourself as the majority these days. Plenty of us have had to deal with a viewing experience that lags behind a more robust desktop one. But more features are sprouting up every so often and now there's this one for those who could do away with starts-and-stops and even the data-conscious. Some YouTube users are getting badges while their videos have paused that show how much of the video has been buffered and how large the video is. What's more, as opposed to just buffering a few seconds ahead of your pause point, the app will ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    A few weeks back Google announced YouTube Red, a big change to how the streaming video service is monetized. Rather than continuing as a strictly ad-supported model, Red allows users to pay a monthly fee in exchange for an ad-free viewing experience – along with other perks. And while that was interesting enough on its own, news of Red also arrived alongside word of a new YouTube Music app, one with both free and subscription features that would give users unprecedented access to the service's vast music catalog. Google told us the app would be out soon, and today it finally drops, with ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    If you've ever played around with Google Cardboard and YouTube, you've likely been amazed by some of the 360-degree footage available, and watched your share of 3D videos, but so far there's been a big gap between the two: what about watching footage that's in 3D, and also has head-tracking support? It's been a long time coming, but today Google announces a couple new features for the YouTube Android app that finally make this dream a reality. With supported clips, users can now immerse themselves in 3D content while also being able to turn their heads around in a full 360-degree circle to ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Even though many of us are still scratching our heads over YouTube Red, it doesn't change the fact that you can still enjoy the same YouTube you always knew. Having people pay to avoid ads makes sense, but it's not necessarily popular where the average audience is made out of teenagers sadly. Still, it seems Google's recent update to YouTube envisioned more than just this change, and today we find that there was more functionality dug within. Recent APK tear downs revealed that Google was also building rewind and fast forward functionality to its Android app. At the moment the feature ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Apple Music stirred up controversy earlier this year when it debuted its pay-only service by providing a three-month free trial to users. In so doing, Apple said it would not be paying royalties to artists for those three months. Taylor Swift put an axe in that idea and Apple wholly admits it. The backlash that scarred Apple is something YouTube wants to avoid in debuting its own paid subscription program. YouTube Red, which will charge $9.99 a month for ad-free video viewing, is extending a 30-day free trial of its own to the globe of viral clip watchers. Unlike its unfortunate ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    When it comes to selling apps and services for smartphones, everyone's got their hand out, and if you want to do business on a particular mobile platform, that can mean being forced to hand over a significant chunk of your revenue to the company behind the platform. With Apple, whether you're selling apps, in-app purchases, or the online services those apps access, you're going to have to fork over 30 percent of your revenue – and Apple's notorious for shutting down devs who try to deprive it of its cut. Yesterday Google announced the new YouTube Red subscription service, and while it ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    It's been just about a month since an APK teardown first hinted at a new subscription service coming to YouTube. Evidence pointed to something called YouTube Red emerging as a new a model to either complement or replace the existing Music Key, thought we were seriously short on details. Then yesterday we heard that Red could be nearly ready to go official, with word that a $10-a-month subscription plan would be announced today. Sure enough, Google has just confirmed that report, announcing the arrival of YouTube Red next week. For $10 a month, YouTube Red strips the service of all its ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    It’s probably not easy to keep the big bucks flowing in when you run a free video-sharing website and the ads often interrupting the clips that technically support the service can be blocked with little to no hassle. As such, YouTube has been unsurprisingly experimenting with various monetization methods for several years now, the latest initiative of this kind reportedly aiming to put premium, original content behind a paywall. It’s unclear how much users will be asked to cough up for exclusive programming from YT stars like the Smosh comedy duo, but “industry sources” recently ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Gaming is a big deal on YouTube, up to the point where the people that are making the most money on the service, are actually focused on Gaming. The company's approach to giving users a dedicated app for YouTube gamers was genius, as this gives users a quicker portal to the things that matter, and in a more organized way. Obviously those watching on a mobile device are most likely also mobile gamers, and a solution has arrived for that. In the past, those YouTube gamers that wanted to upload their play of a mobile game would require a ton of tricks in order to make it happen. Today's new ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Last fall, Google introduced its YouTube Music Key premium service, offering users features like the ability to view ad-free content and enjoy YouTube streams in the background while working with other apps on their phones. Even with attractive options like those, Music Key failed to really make much of a name for itself, if due only to feature overlap with Google Play Music unlimited. Maybe a little re-branding is just what the doctor ordered, and now a new app teardown suggests that what we now know as Music Key could be getting ready to become YouTube Red. At least, a new YouTube APK ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Let's face it: 99 percent of vertical videos suck. Once in a blue moon, a portrait-mode aspect ratio is arguably the better choice for the subject matter being filmed, but with the proliferation of widescreen displays in our lives, landscape-orientation video ends up looking better more often than not. But unlike living room TVs or laptop screens, our smartphones have displays that are just asking to be spun around, swapped from horizontal to vertical layouts on a whim. So why has viewing vertical video on a screen that can so easily become vertical itself been such a challenge? It's time ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The whole experience was surreal. It was mind-boggling. As it was stupefying. And rage-inducing. This is not fit for human consumption. [gallery ids="440595,440596,440597"]   A teacher once told me that "limitations are only what you make of them." I was a crying brat then and I'll stick with being a crying brat right now. Because unless we push the limits of what a smartwatch or any wearable with a screen can do right now, then "Video for Android Wear&YouTube" is clearly too far ahead of its time and risks being laughed into obsolescence. I'm being melodramatic here, but after ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The rise of video games as streaming performances has positively exploded in recent years, with the publication of gaming vids on services like YouTube and Twitch reaching new heights of popularity – success that led Amazon to announce plans to purchase Twitch for nearly a billion dollars last year. And while much of that content is focused on PC and console gaming, mobile gaming is just as popular in its own right, and now Sony is offering owners of its Xperia devices the chance to easily stream some gaming video from their own hardware, releasing a new live screen streaming app. ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Have you ever looked at your Android Wear smartwatch and thought to yourself "Gee, wouldn't it be great if I could watch a YouTube video on this tiny wrist-mounted screen?" Neither have I. But just in case you're the adventurous type and are wondering what it really is like to watch a YouTube video on a low-res, circular (or square), and underpowered device, you're in luck. A new third-party Android Wear YouTube app has been released today that'll allow you to do just that, if that's what you're into. The free app flies under the long-winded name Video for Android Wear & Youtube. ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    One of the most common trends ever since smartphone screens started getting larger, was for video consumption to grow. YouTube has made gigantic leaps in the quality it can support from video producers like us to consumers on a desktop, but we've also seen the company gradually bring this support to mobile. Today we see the company expand support of new features to mobile users. YouTube has just published an "HFR FTW" post on its YouTube blog. By this, the Google-owned company has just confirmed that both iOS and Android devices will now support 60 FPS video streaming. This feature was ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Even though Steve Jobs never believed in music streaming services, times have definitely changed, and so has the music streaming model, in addition to data speeds and limits. As such, we’ve seen Apple make some desperate moves to retain its music supremacy with acquisitions like Beats Music, in addition to internal rumors that claim that Apple wants to cripple Spotify and YouTube by convincing labels to eliminate the Freemium model. Apple obviously needed its sales leverage to make a point out of this, but today it seems things went downhill. Warner Music Group just ended its Q2/2015 ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    There's no denying that Apple singlehandedly rescued music labels more than a decade ago with the launch of products like the iTunes Store and the iPod, at a time when music piracy was just too convenient for consumers. That business model has proven to have become obsolete as companies like Spotify, Pandora and YouTube continue to grow in the same music streaming business that Apple has been reluctant to adopt. We do know that Cupertino has big plans for its Beats Music acquisition, but reports claim that in order for it to work, some desperate measures are being used. Trusted sources ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    It would be fantastic if devices that once supported a service were guaranteed to keep doing so for years and years to come – that if Netflix works on your TV today, or your car streams Pandora, that it will keep right on working through future server-end upgrades. Sadly, that's not necessarily the case, and given enough time, client-side software can lose the ability to communicate with the service behind it. That's what happening to a number of YouTube-accessing devices right now, as Google updates its API and breaks compatibility with old viewers. The affected hardware includes old ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    If you have kids like I do, you probably celebrated the launch of YouTube Kids a few weeks ago, as it is definitely difficult to control what children can find on YouTube. The problem is when you find channels like McDonalds in the feed, which are clearly there to sell you products, and not with the sole purpose of providing children with educational content. This particular problem has raised a lot of fire around the concept of YouTube Kids, and today we learn that there are organizations ready to retaliate against Google. A handful of child advocacy groups are ready to file a complaint ...

    Share
    Read On
Mobile Version