Google and the NFL finally partner, highlight clips and more coming to YouTube

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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.


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YouTube hosting its own Super Bowl halftime show to rival NBC

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On February 1, people around the world will be watching the events taking place in Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX. While plenty will watch for the game played between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, halftime is where the spike in ratings lie. This year’s Super Bowl halftime show will be led by Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz. It is a continuation in the trend of the Super Bowl halftime show being targeted at a younger demographic. Gone are the years of Bruce Springsteen or Prince performing at halftime. Katy Perry will get the youngsters and Lenny Kravitz will nab the stragglers. Online, YouTube has a plan of its own to compete with NBC during the broadcast for millennials.


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YouTube app jumps to version 10, but only small changes noted [APK download]

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Google has started the process of rolling out an update to YouTube taking it from version 6.0.3 up to version 10.02.3. The jump in version number seems odd as most indications thus far are that the changes are mostly cosmetic in nature with no major changes or features included. The biggest change seems to be in the “intents” screen that pops up when a user decides they want to share a video. Instead of a list of applications to choose from, a grid display is brought up instead.
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YouTube Music Key not playing nice with Google Play Music

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Subscribers of Google Play Music have access to YouTube Music Key at no additional cost. So it makes sense that users put them to work to see which works better for them in different situations. However, be careful when switching between the two because one user reported on Reddit that Play Music will experience technical difficulties if the YouTube Music Key tab is left open on a web browser. Play Music would not work properly and notified the user that another person was on the account. In the end, the user said “PSA – close that tab.”

Be sure to read our review of YouTube Music Key.

Source: /r/Android

The RE Camera can stream live to YouTube, starting tomorrow

htc_re_camera_450For those who may have received or purchased an HTC RE Camera over the holidays, your new GoPro-esque camera is about to get even more functionality. Starting tomorrow (Jan. 9) an update for the RE app will hit the Play Store allowing users to live stream video from the RE to YouTube. Those of you with iOS will have to wait a bit longer as an update won’t hit the App Store until later in the first quarter. The live stream option will give users the ability to share moments such as piano recitals or plays with family and friends that can’t be at these events in person.

All you have to do is invite people to watch your broadcast via SMS or through social media. Should they not be able to watch the live stream, the video will be there after the end of broadcast so they can watch it at their earlier convenience. So those of you with a RE Camera should be on the look out for an update for the RE app starting tomorrow. We have the full presser for you after the break.


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EA releases first Need for Speed: No Limits trailer

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EA has just published the first teaser for its latest racing game, Need for Speed: No Limits, on its official YouTube channel. The short video shows some pretty amazing graphics, whilst street racing and customizing rides. The footage also highlights some of the work the developers have put into the games visuals and to be completely honest; it looks awesome.

If you’re into racing games, Need for Speed: No Limits is definitely worth your attention.

Hit the break below to view the trailer.


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YouTube set to support 360 degree video footage in the coming weeks

youtube-logo_9339Google has announced that they’re hard at work on letting you upload 360 degree video footage onto YouTube.  They didn’t specify exactly how the footage will work, but it’s supposedly set to debut on the video streaming service in the coming weeks.

Of course, if you want to upload any 360 degree video, you’re going to have to use a camera that actually supports it. Your smartphone or point-and-shoot isn’t going to get the job done. Viewing the videos also seems like it’ll be tricky, especially on something small like a smartphone screen, but Google might just implement an IMAX-esque panoramic view on widescreen monitors or tablets. There’s also a lot of potential with VR headsets like Google cardboard or Samsung’s Gear VR, but that might be putting the horse in front of the cart at this point.
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The Interview was the top selling movie in 2014 on Google Play and YouTube

interview_picture1After all of the drama surrounding the release of “The Interview”, it turns out the film did pretty well in Google’s online store. The comedy pulled in about $15 million from Google Play and YouTube, officially making it Google’s best selling movie of 2014. Considering it’s only been out for one week, that’s an impressive number. This number also marks “The Interview” as Sony Pictures’ highest grossing digital film ever.

Since the film only saw a very limited release in theaters (and there were was still plenty of controversy surrounding that) it only brought in about $2.84 at the box office, which is pretty low. For comparison, Seth Rogen’s “This Is The End” made $20.7 million on its opening weekend in theaters.
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YouTube Music Key Review

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Google has long been rumored to be working on a YouTube music service. In the fall of this year we were promised multiple times that we were weeks and weeks away from the YouTube service. Finally, in mid-November the music service was announced.

YouTube Music Key as it’s called, goes for $7.99 a month (for the promotional period where it will then jump up to $9.99 a month) and offers an ad-free music and music video experience. Much like Google Music — and most other music streaming services — the service can be used both on the web and from the mobile app. The service is said to be a YouTube lover’s dream, but is it a streaming service worth your monthly coin? Hit the break to find out.


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