YouTube mulling Apple TV Channels competitor, report says

Citing people familiar with the matter, The Information reports YouTube over the past few months held discussions with a number of content owners to feel out potential partnerships. Whether the talks were fruitful or are ongoing remains unknown. For consumers, the feature provides a streamlined signup process from a convenient and easy accessible online portal. Streaming providers are granted … Read more YouTube mulling Apple TV Channels competitor, report says

YouTube TV launches on PlayStation 4 as Vue shutdown nears

YouTube TV is now available on PlayStation 4, becoming the first third-party live TV subscription service to launch on Sony’s game console. Ever since the debut of its own PlayStation Vue service, Sony has kept competitors such as Sling TV, YouTube TV, and Hulu’s live TV service off of the PS4. But PlayStation Vue is shutting … Read more YouTube TV launches on PlayStation 4 as Vue shutdown nears

WhatsApp to Bring Picture-in-Picture Mode for Android to Watch Instagram, YouTube Videos: Report

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a picture-in-picture video feature for Android. The messaging app has had an eventful 2018 as it has been launching and testing new features with high frequency. To recall, WhatsApp for iOS received PiP support earlier this year. The new feature that will arrive on Android devices, will let WhatsApp users play videos from Instagram and YouTube … Read more WhatsApp to Bring Picture-in-Picture Mode for Android to Watch Instagram, YouTube Videos: Report

YouTube HDR Video Support Out Now for Select Smartphones, Playback Speed Controls Comes to Android, iOS

YouTube introduced the High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for its videos back in November last year, but the feature could not be seen due to the lack of compatible devices. Gradually, mobile manufacturers such as Samsung, Google, LG, and Sony followed the suit to make their smartphones HDR-compatible. Now after Netflix, YouTube is finally adding the support for HDR videos in its … Read more YouTube HDR Video Support Out Now for Select Smartphones, Playback Speed Controls Comes to Android, iOS

Microsoft’s upgraded Beam game-streaming service goes live, taking on Twitch and YouTube

Microsoft’s Twitch competitor, Beam, has now pushed its “Pro” upgrade live to all users, featuring streams with up to 1440p resolution at 60Hz and integration with Xbox Live. Microsoft’s purchase of Beam last summer came as something of a surprise, given that the company seemed satisfied with its relationship with Amazon’s game-streaming service, Twitch.tv. Even … Read more Microsoft’s upgraded Beam game-streaming service goes live, taking on Twitch and YouTube

YouTube adds HDR support to make videos more vibrant

YouTube’s adding another buzzword to its stable of video technology. The Google-owned service already rolled support for 4K resolution, 360-degree video, spatial audio, and 60 frames-per-second videos (in a hat-tip to gamers) in recent months. Now, YouTube’s pulling the trigger on high-dynamic range (HDR) videos, nearly 7 months after Netflix first introduced HDR support. HDR’s the up … Read more YouTube adds HDR support to make videos more vibrant

Privacy groups target kids advertising disguised as YouTube content

Marketing companies are targeting children on YouTube with advertising disguised as other content, an “unfair and deceptive” business practice, three privacy groups said in a complaint to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The companies, including Disney’s Maker Studios and DreamWorks’ AwesomenessTV, use popular “influencers” on YouTube to pitch products, aimed at children worldwide, with videos … Read more Privacy groups target kids advertising disguised as YouTube content

YouTube Music update improves sharing and preps for more playlist features

YouTube Music is still more of a side perk to a Google Play Music subscription. But the app has slowly been adding in more features to make it a better companion for discovering and sharing music. It’s that latter feature that gets the focus in the version 1.46 update. Now you can share music that’s … Read more YouTube Music update improves sharing and preps for more playlist features

YouTube adds new social features to let vloggers and fans connect

YouTube’s success as a video platform is built on three things: unlicensed music videos, clips of cats doing funny things, and vloggers. The latter group has always been powerful because it builds fanbases and communities, interacting with viewers and offering the sort of intimacy TV will never be able match. Now, to enhance the bonds … Read more YouTube adds new social features to let vloggers and fans connect