Google works on ‘removing headsets’ in mixed reality


Google is working on ways to reveal a person’s facial expressions when they are wearing a virtual reality headset. Using a combination of machine learning,… Read more

VR firm brings in Bacon from Endemol Shine

James Bacon

A UK-based, Maker Studios-backed virtual reality content producer has hired senior executives from Endemol Shine Group and YouTube channels group Jukin Media. Blend Media has… Read more

YouTube to cut 30-second unskippable ads


YouTube reportedly is due to axe 30-second unskippable ads from next year to focus on its other advertising formats. A spokesperson for Google confirmed the… Read more

YouTube automatic captions now on 1bn videos

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YouTube has now automatically subtitled 1 billion videos, having first automated video captions in 2009. YouTube combines Google’s automatic speech recognition technology with the YouTube… Read more

YouTube adds first kids content to Red subscription service


YouTube is adding four new original series to its YouTube Red subscription offering, created with its YouTube Kids app in mind. The children’s series mark… Read more

YouTube extends mobile live streaming to creators with 10k subs

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YouTube is extending the availability of its mobile live streaming feature to all content creators with more than 10,000 subscribers, ahead of a planned rollout… Read more

GoPro reports 35% lift in YouTube uploads


Camera maker GoPro claims that video uploads to YouTube, with ‘GoPro’ in the title description or as a keyword, were up 35% year-on-year in 2016.… Read more

RTL looking at ‘all strategic alternatives’ for BroadbandTV

Shahrzad Rafati

RTL Group will not exercise its call option to acquire the 49% of YouTube multichannel network BroadbandTV that it does not already own, and has… Read more

YouTube’s ‘booming community’ helps boost Alphabet

Sundar Pichai

YouTube’s “booming community of creators” helped to grow parent company Alphabet’s revenues by 22% year-on-year in Q4 2016. Announcing its fourth quarter results, Alphabet said… Read more

PlayStation VR now supports 360° YouTube videos

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PlayStation VR users can now experience immersive 360-degree YouTube videos using their PS VR headsets. Since the launch of PS VR in October, users have… Read more