A few months ago, YouTube enabled its publishers to upload 4K videos to its platform and as if that wasn’t enough, Google has today announced the launch of a new streaming version, called 4K Ultra HD, which essentially combines the 4K resolution (3840×2160) with 60 frames-per-second video playback to create the smoothest possible viewing experience.
According to a new report, Google is preparing to relaunch its live stream platform with a focus on live gaming events and sporting events. Google sort of tried this once before with their YouTube Live service when they attempted to purchase Twitch for $1 billion. That deal fell through amidst claims of “antitrust concerns.” Since then, Twitch has gone on to achieve success in the market, with the backing of Amazon, while YouTube Live became an “also ran.” Now, Google appears to be ready to give it another go based on reports that internal resources are being committed to the initiative.
Interactive cards are a recurring feature among various apps and services produced by Google. They offer more information at a glance than almost any other alternative. Google Now uses these cards to spread apart content and suggestions. Play Movies & TV displays them for a quick look at information regarding the film/show, actor, director, and other items. Since they are so useful, the interactive cards are being made available to content creators on YouTube.
A new report claims that YouTube could be looking to compete directly with the likes of Netflix, Hulu etc with a new video subscription service of its own. The Google owned video streaming site currently offers paid music subscriptions with YouTube Music Key and a transition to offering video content only seems logical at this point.
The support for 360-degree videos on YouTube that was reported earlier has become official. Starting today, content producers can upload videos that take advantage of 360-degree cameras to show all angles possible.
Viewers on the web or mobile devices can interact with the content in different ways. On YouTube’s site and through embedded videos on Chrome, viewers can click and drag to chance their angle. Those with Android devices, tablets included, can change viewing angles by moving the device around. Other devices and platforms will see the feature arrive at a later date.
Back in January it was reported that YouTube is planning on supporting 360-degree videos, and now we have a little more info.
Users will be able to upload these special videos from compatible cameras, which include Bublcam, Giroptic’s 360cam, IC Real Tech’s Allie,Kodak’s SP360 and Ricoh’s Theta. You will be able to watch these 360-degree videos on the existing the YouTube app for Android while moving around the 360 view will be done by moving the phone or tablet. It’s also a lock that you will see this integrated with Google Cardboard and other VR headsets.
YouTube’s a pretty awesome service for people of all ages, but it’s hard to restrict what age groups have access to suitable content. Sure, there’s integrated parental controls, but they can be disabled with a mere click of a button — so many parents end up banning their children from using the website purely for this reason.
Obviously, Google isn’t too happy with this decision as it means they’re getting less views, and parents aren’t too keen on the idea of preventing their children from using the service either as it hosts loads of great content geared towards helping their little ones learn.
In an effort to solve this issue, Google has today launched a brand new YouTube Kids app on both the App Store and Play Store.
There is a ton of content for kids on YouTube, but there is only one problem…..There is also a ton of content that isn’t appropriate for kids. To solve this issue, Google will launch a YouTube Kids app on February 23.
YouTube Kids was designed by in-house engineers with parenting credentials along with other third-party testers such as Common Sense Media. It will offer a simpler interface in that viewer comments will be disabled. Parents can even set a timer that will automatically shut down the app at a specified amount of time.
The NFL can’t ignore Google and YouTube’s power anymore. A deal has been reached that brings highlight clips to YouTube in time for the Super Bowl and beyond. It’s not just YouTube as Google search results will provide more detailed information on games, which include kickoff times as well as the networks airing the games.
Google will promote the NFL on YouTube and other places, but they will also share revenue from ads that appear with the highlight clips and search results with the NFL.