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YouTube Stories are live for creators with 10K+ subscribers

We’ve seen stories on social media outlets such as Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and SnapChat, and now its the turn of YouTube to launch its own variation. Having been available only to a selected group of channels over the past year, any YouTube channel with more than ten thousand subscribers can now post stories.  This means […]

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Google’s Black Friday Deals are live – grab a Home Hub for $99, Pixel Stand for $39, or a Pixel 3 for $649!

Having only launched the Pixel 3, 3 XL, and Home Hub on October 9th, you could be forgiven for thinking it was too soon to see a discounted price you would be wrong. Google has shown no mercy to its new arrivals with the Home Hub being reduced to just $ 99/£99. Join us after the break […]

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Election day: Live on YouTube

It’s election day in the United States. From candidates launching their campaigns to debating issues that matter to voters, you’ve come to YouTube to hear directly from the candidates and follow the midterm election.

Now it’s time to make your voice heard. If you haven’t already cast your ballot, head to Google and search “where to vote” to find your voting location and make your voice heard.

As polls close, tune into YouTube, where these news organizations will bring you live election results coverage throughout the evening:

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Catch the live stream coverage of the OnePlus 6T launch event from 11AM EDT/ 3PM GMT

Today is October 30th 29th which means that today is the day that the OnePlus 6T is officially launched at an event being held in New York. As per usual with smartphone launches nowadays, there has been a steady stream of leaks (both official and otherwise) in the weeks before the launch date which was […]

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YouTube makes it simple for fans to experience live performances with Eventbrite

Over 1 billion fans come to YouTube each month to connect with their favorite artists and discover new music. Thanks to a new partnership with Eventbrite, we’re making it simple for fans to go from experiencing music online to seeing live performances.

Starting today, fans watching videos from YouTube Official Artist Channels will see Eventbrite listings for live music performances throughout the U.S. below the video. With one easy click on the “Tickets” button, they’ll be able to purchase directly from Eventbrite.

Live events continue to be a major source of revenue for artists, so we want to help artists keep fans updated on their upcoming shows and sell more tickets to live performances. YouTube’s global audience also lets artists find new fans with 26% of Millenials (44% of teens) claiming they discover live music events on YouTube, according to Nielsen.

Through our partnerships with Eventbrite and Ticketmaster, YouTube now covers more than 70% of the US ticketing market and we’ll continue to add new artists and venues of all sizes to our list in North America as well as expand globally.

We’re excited to further the power of video discovery on Youtube to bring artists and fans together and continue supporting those connections through live shows.

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How to set up Plex Live TV and DVR

Live TV can be one of the hardest things to give up for cord cutters, especially if you’re a big sports fan. You can always sign up for something like DirecTV Now or Sling TV to replace it, but it’s becoming increasingly popular to simply drop an antenna into your set up and use something […]

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[Download] Grab the Mate 20 Wallpapers, Live Wallpapers, and Themes here

There is still a month to go until Huawei launches its brand new Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro flagships on October 16 in London and although anticipation levels are high, we can look forward to a steadily increasing flow of leaks until the big day arrives. If you just can’t wait, this latest leak […]

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New Gmail confidential mode goes live

Earlier this year Google rolled out a significant update to their Gmail platform. Many new features were added that built on work Google had done with other applications and were finally bringing over to the email platform. Some of the features, like the refreshed interface on the web, were available right away with other new […]

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Watch the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Unpacked live stream right here!

Samsung is launching the Galaxy Note 9 in just a couple of hours time at an Unpacked event in New York, and you can watch the action unfold before your very eyes by tuning in to the live stream from 11 AM EDT/8 AM PDT/4 PM BST. Today is the day where we’ll finally find […]

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Pokémon Quest pre-registration page is live on the Play Store

After its recent announcement at E3, Pokémon Quest has made its appearance on the Play Store in the form of a pre-registration page. Pokémon fans won’t have too long to wait because it is scheduled for a June 16 launch, just a few days away from now. Pokémon Quest, if you were wondering, is a free-to-play […]

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Android Messages on the web is now live

Android Messages has been confirmed to pick up Allo’s desktop messaging feature, and Google has finally flipped the switch for everyone to jump in. That’s a pretty big nail in the coffin for Allo since that was one of the only cool defining features in Google’s suite of messaging apps, but great news for normal […]

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Android P Developer Preview 3 is rolling out, and factory images are live

Google has released the third Developer Preview of Android P, which means you should be getting an OTA update if you’re in the beta program very soon. If you want to manually get things going, factory images are live, too. The factory images were the first sign of the updated build, although the OTA came […]

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Watch the OnePlus 6 live stream here!

Today’s the day that the OnePlus 6 is officially unveiled at an event in London, UK, which means we get to see just how accurate the leaks and rumors have been. We’ve seen details on pricing, the presence of a notch, as well as accidental confirmation by Pete Lau that the OnePlus 6 will be […]

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Google posts April Security update for Pixel/Nexus devices – factory images and OTA files are live

It’s that time of the month again if you own a Pixel or Nexus device when Google rolls out the new Security Bulletin to help make the Android OS more secure. Both factory images and OTA files for April are available and contain a bunch of fixes for vulnerabilities ranging from moderate to critical. Join […]

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NBA is experimenting with 99-cent fourth quarter live streams

NBA's League Pass can be quite pricey if you're more of a casual viewer than a huge fan. Those "casual viewers" could still go online to find illegal streams to watch, though, so the association seems to be thinking of ways to win them over — like o…
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YouTube Live streaming gets significant updates

Streaming live content via YouTube Live has been an indispensable tool for content creators to deliver music, sports, gaming and more from anywhere in the world. Live broadcasting is now available to virtually anyone with a smartphone and YouTube has just added some notable updates. Let’s take a look at what’s new. Live chat allows […]

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Updates to YouTube Live streaming

Together, we’ve experienced the biggest music, sports, science, culture and gaming events unfold live on YouTube. Now we’re introducing more ways to watch live videos and interact with your community in real time.

Catching up on the latest

Live chat plays a key role in creating connections between creators and their community. Today we are starting to roll out chat replay to YouTube, so you can follow the conversation even after a live stream is over. Live chat replays will show up alongside the video, exactly as it appeared live.

Making live streams more accessible

We launched automatic captions back in 2009, and since then, we’ve auto-captioned a staggering 1 billion videos. We’re now bringing English automatic captions to live streams.


When professionally provided captions aren’t available, our new live automatic captions provide creators a quick and inexpensive way to make live streams accessible to more people. With our live automatic speech recognition (LASR) technology, you’ll get captions with error rates and latency approaching industry standards. We’ll roll this out in the coming weeks, and will continue to improve accuracy and latency of automatic captions.

More fun features for live streamers

Creators can now add a location tag to their mobile live streams and video uploads and share all their favorite hot spots with viewers. You can explore other videos with the same location tag by simply clicking on it. You can also use the location filter on the search results page to find other videos from a specific spot.

Last year, we introduced a way for Super Chats to trigger real life events. Now creators can set this up for their channels using IFTTT (If This, Then That). Over 600 internet-connected services and devices (like lights, pet feeders and confetti cannons!) can be connected to Super Chat. Super Chat is already available on desktop and Android devices, with support for iOS devices rolling out starting today.

With live streams, you’ve found more intimate and spontaneous ways to share your thoughts, lives, and creativity. Take these features for a spin and show us your world!

Kurt Wilms, Live Video Product Lead, recently watched “Falcon Heavy Test Flight.”


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How to watch the Samsung Galaxy S9 livestream live from MWC 2018

It’s finally the 25th of February, the day that Samsung officially takes the wraps off its brand new Galaxy S9 and S9+ flagships. But after all the leaks, is there anything left to discover that isn’t already known? Who knows, but you can always watch the live stream of the Unpacked event that is being held in […]

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It’s time to turn up the music: Watch The BRITs LIVE with Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Stormzy, and Justin Timberlake on YouTube

Do you remember the BRITs, where Ed Sheeran famously brought Stormzy out to perform, Adele showed us that she doesn’t like being rushed, and Ginger Spice unveiled her iconic Union Jack dress? It’s almost time for the action to begin again as the excitement of The BRIT Awards 2018 is almost upon us. What memorable pop culture moments will this year bring?

We’re letting you in on all the fun as we’re streaming the BRITs right here live for the fifth year running. Just tune in at YouTube.com/BRITS on whatever screen you find yourself closest to: mobile, tablet or TV, on February 21 at 11:30 a.m. PT / 2:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. GMT. (If you’re in the U.K., you can catch up on performances after the show).

YouTube star and music sensation, Conor Maynard is hosting the livestream alongside none other than BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Yasmin Evans. The pair will share all sorts of behind-the-scenes gossip from the show live, so you won’t want to miss it on the night.

This year, nominated stars like Dua Lipa, Stormzy and Ed Sheeran – who got their start on YouTube – are set to grace the main stage, so you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for brilliant renditions of their hits. And as British hitmakers are not just popular at home, their BRIT performances will be beamed on YouTube to their massive followings abroad. …

Comedian Jack Whitehall will bring his hilarious antics to the party as host of the BRITs, too, so there’ll be plenty of laughs to go with the great music.

Livestream host Conor Maynard said: “I’m super excited to be hosting The BRITs coverage on YouTube. My career started on YouTube, so it feels great to be doing something on YouTube and the BRITs. Can’t wait to have an awesome night!”

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive of The BPI & BRIT Awards said: “We are delighted to be streaming The BRITs live to fans all around the world with our partner YouTube, for a fifth successive year. We are thrilled to have such popular and talented hosts.”

After the show, you’ll find performances from the artists on a YouTube playlist for you to relive and rewatch, plus further catch-up content on the BRITs channel. So, tune in at YouTube.com/BRITS on February 21 at 11:30 a.m. PT / 2:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. GMT for unforgettable performances and must-see shenanigans.

— The YouTube Music Team


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State of the Union 2018, live on YouTube

From conventions to inaugurations to presidential addresses, YouTube has brought you some of the biggest political moments in recent U.S. History. As President Trump begins his second year in office, YouTube is continuing this tradition.

For the ninth year, YouTube is live streaming coverage of the president’s State of the Union address along with the response from the Democratic Party. This year, you can tune into live streams from more sources than ever before in English and Spanish. Here are the many channels where you can follow the coverage:

Head to YouTube on Tuesday, January 30, at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET to watch the action live.

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YouTube Rewind live with a look back at 2017

If you ever wondered what videos you wasted spent time watching on YouTube in 2017, the video platform has a report out that will help you figure out which branches of the rabbit hole you my have gone down. Google provides this YouTube Rewind report each as a way to portray some openness around the platform […]

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BBC to stream 1,000 extra hours of live sport each year

The BBC continues to reduce the amount of public money it spends, it's led to some notable sporting events being cut from its programming. It's already been forced to drop the rights to big-name British golfing tournaments, Formula 1 and perhaps the…
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Facebook slips a screen-sharing feature into Live videos

Facebook has quietly launched a new feature for Live videos that makes sharing your screen a painless experience. Instead of downloading a third-party service, you can now simply click the "Share Screen" button that appears once you enter the Live mo…
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Stream Austin City Limits performances live this weekend

Summer might be over, but there's still a couple music festivals on tap. If you can't make it to the Lone Star State, Austin City Limits is partnering with Red Bull TV to stream a weekend of music starting at 3:05 PM ET today with Asleep at the Wheel…
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YouTube Live with Kevin Durant and host sWooZie

This Tuesday, August 22, 2017, NBA Champion and Finals MVP Kevin Durant will take over The YouTube Space LA.

Hosted by sWooZie, Durant will be interviewed by fan favorite YouTube stars What’s Inside, Hot Ones, and Ryan ToysReview for a special VR180 livestream. The event will be broadcast live exclusively on his YouTube channel starting at 3 p.m. PT.

The VR180 livestream can be viewed on desktop and mobile devices in HD, or fans can enjoy an immersive VR experience with Cardboard, Daydream View, and PSVR.

During the livestream, Durant will meet up with Lincoln and Dan of What’s Inside to look inside the new Nike KD10. They will be joined by Nike Basketball footwear designer Leo Chang to speak more about the design and evolution of the KD signature line. He will also have fun with Ryan of Ryan ToysReview before meeting Sean Evans for a Hot Ones challenge.

“My experience on YouTube has been incredible and so has the feedback I’ve received from fans all around the world. Being able to give people an inside look at my life on and off the court, as well as push the envelope with never-before-done content is very important to me and the vision for my channel,” said Durant. “As I continue to step up the level of content I deliver, and as I keep building my creative network the sky’s the limit for what my team and YouTube can do together. The YouTube Live experience is a perfect example of that evolution and I look forward to having some fun as well during this livestream.”

Launched in April 2017, Durant’s channel has gained over 350,000 subscribers and nearly 11 million views fueled by video hits from Still KD: Through the Noise to an epic slow motion dunk in collaboration with YouTube sensations The Slow Mo Guys.

Don’t forget to subscribe to get notified when the action starts! See you on the livestream.


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Nintendo Switch Online app pops up a few days before the service is live

The true, full-fledged online gaming platform from Nintendo is approaching showtime. Nintendo won’t begin offering the service until Friday, but the company is already letting owners of the Switch grab the companion app for their mobile devices. The Nintendo Switch Online app went live on Google Play and the Apple App Store three days before the […]

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Steam’s streamlined indie marketplace goes live June 13th

Steam Greenlight launched in 2012 with the dream that players would naturally vote for the games they most wanted. But that idealism fell to the reality of voter approval and it became far more of a popularity contest. In February, Steam finally anno…
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The miracle of Live

On Saturday, the world’s most famous giraffe, April, gave birth to a baby boy.

Since February 10, 2017, Animal Adventure, an educational animal park in New York, has been livestreaming April’s pregnancy and creating a social media sensation with fans all over the world tuning in regularly to check on her progress. One industrious fan created an app to crowdsource pregnancy updates from tens of thousands of other fans following the livestream. A pregnant woman even parodied April’s livestream, becoming an internet sensation in her own right. Waiting for April to give birth became an experience shared around the world.

As the anticipation and audience grew leading up to the big moment,Animal Adventure Park became the second most live-viewed channel in the history of YouTube despite launching a mere 66 days ago. Here are the highlights of April and her baby bump:

  • Over 232 million live views and 7.6 billion minutes of live watch-time total.
  • The livestreams became daily programming for millions, with an average time watched of more than 30 minutes across an average of 3.5 million views per day.
  • Saturday, the day of the birth, was the channel’s biggest day, surging to over 14 million live views.
  • More than 1.2 million viewers were watching the livestream simultaneously at 6:55 a.m. PST on Saturday, a peak that ranked as one of the top five most-watched moments for a live event ever on YouTube.
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Giraffes already hold the record for being the tallest land animals in the world, but here are some other records April set this weekend:

  • Animal Adventure Park became the fifth fastest channel to 200 million views, achieving the feat in only 54 days (behind notable celebrity non-giraffes Lady Gaga and Zayn).
  • It’s one of only seven channels to eclipse 100 million live views so far and the fastest to do so of any channel.
  • Fans have been connecting with Animal Adventure Park’s staff too through live chat. The channel received over 4,400 Super Chat messages, making them now the second highest Super Chat earner by revenue.

But April wasn’t just the star of a popular stream; she sparked a pop culture phenomenon, with YouTube creators and fans posting videos of their own that were watched over 48.7 million times, including day-by-day analysis of pregnancy signs, baby showers, and anxious messages about the wait.

We’ve seen some of the biggest events in music, sports, politics, and gaming play out on YouTube over the years. Thanks to one endearing mother giraffe, we’ll have to add animal events to that list now too.

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Get the best seat in the house and watch Coachella live exclusively on YouTube

When you think of Coachella you think of amazing music artists, thrilling performances and nonstop fun in the middle of the desert. This year’s fest will be bigger than ever and even if you can’t make it to Coachella in person, you don’t have to miss out on a moment of the action.

For the seventh year in a row, YouTube brings you the exclusive Coachella livestream presented by T-Mobile. This year, with select acts also available in Live 360. Music fans from around the world can tune-in to Coachella’s YouTube channel from April 14-16, on any screen (desktop, mobile and living room).


Catch performances from global superstars and the hottest rising talent in the world, including headliners Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead, as well as Bon Iver, Future, Gucci Mane, Lorde, New Order, ScHoolboy Q, The xx, Two Door Cinema Club and more.

You can choose from three always-on channels as well as a Live 360 Mode that will appear for select performances. Don’t miss any of the shows you’re most excited for by creating a personalized calendar that lets you track all your favorite performances. The livestream channels will automatically change to your favorite artists based on your selection. And if you turn on notifications for artists you subscribe to, you’ll get a note when they go live.

For the first time ever you’ll even get a sneak peek inside the famous underground dance music Yuma tent.

If you miss one of the big performances, we still have you covered with a video-on-demand hub that will showcase highlights and footage from performers throughout the weekend.

Stay tuned to find out more information about Coachella performances and be sure to subscribe to Coachella’s YouTube channel so you’re part of the action!

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YouTube TV is now live

We love TV. We love the shows, live sports, and can’t-miss events that drive our FOMO and need for #spoileralerts. But while what we watch on TV seems to get better every year, the way we watch TV never seems to change. How long do we have to wait until we can watch live TV on the go, on all our devices? When will we have DVRs big enough to handle all the things we want to record? And when will we be able to get the channels we care about, at a price we can afford, without all the commitments, equipment fees, and hassle?

The answer? Today.

Finally, live TV made for us. YouTube TV is here.


Today, we’re launching YouTube TV in the nation’s largest metro areas—New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia—with more U.S. markets coming soon. A YouTube TV membership is only $ 35 a month, less than half the average cost of cable. And there are no commitments; you can cancel anytime.

We can’t wait for you to experience YouTube TV for yourself, so we’re giving you a free one month trial. We’ll also give you a complimentary Google Chromecast after your first month’s payment, while supplies last.

With a YouTube TV membership, you’ll get:

  • Live TV streaming from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, Fox Sports Networks, Comcast SportsNet and dozens more. YouTube TV gives you the best of live TV, from must-see shows like “Empire,” “The Voice,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Scandal,” to the live sports you want from the NBA, MLB, NFL, and NCAA. Based on where you live, you’ll get your local broadcast TV stations covering local sports and news. You’ll also get dozens of popular cable channels, including FX, USA, Disney Channel, Bravo, MSNBC, Fox News. And you can add Showtime or Fox Soccer Plus for an additional charge. In total, YouTube TV will give you more than 50 networks, listed below.
  • A cloud DVR, with no storage limits. With YouTube TV, your cloud DVR can record as many shows as you want, simultaneously, without ever running out of storage. You can keep each of your recordings for nine months.
  • TV when it matters, where it matters. You can watch YouTube TV on your phone, tablet or computer—and you can easily stream to your TV with a Google Chromecast or Chromecast built-in TV (we’ll be supporting even more connected TV devices later this year). And your cloud DVR goes with you, so you can stream your recordings on any device, whenever you want and wherever you go in the U.S.
  • YouTube Red Originals. With a YouTube TV membership, you can watch all of our YouTube Red Original series and movies right in the new YouTube TV app.
  • Six accounts included. You can share your YouTube TV membership with your family and roommates, and each account will receive its own unique recommendations and cloud DVR with no storage limits. Your household can watch up to three streams at a time.
  • More networks coming soon. We’re excited to announce that AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance TV, WE tv, and BBC World News will be included soon at no additional charge. These networks will join Telemundo and others listed below as networks coming to YouTube TV soon after launch. This means you’ll be able to watch shows like “The Walking Dead,” “Doctor Who,” and your favorite telenovelas. And you’ll also be able to add Sundance Now or Shudder for an additional charge.

To get started, check out tv.youtube.com today to start your free trial. You can also sign up on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. If you’re not in one of the initial launch markets but want to find out when YouTube TV is coming to your area, you can sign up here.

Happy watching!

While on the go, Andrew Jeon, Head Engineer for YouTube TV, recently used YouTube TV to watch UNC take on Gonzaga in the NCAA March Madness championship game, live on CBS.


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Dozens watched a Facebook Live stream of sexual assault

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We’re live from SXSW 2017!

The past few weeks have been intense for the tech world, what with MWC and GDC taking place over the past few weeks. Now it's turn for SXSW 2017. We're on the ground in Austin, Texas to check out what the festival has to offer with its interactive, m…
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Galaxy S8 preorders are rumored to go live on April 10th

The Galaxy S8 has been leaking like crazy, but there’s one thing we still aren’t completely certain about: when preorders start, and when we’ll be able to officially get our hands on the phone. We know it’ll be announced on March 29th this year, and it’s a very safe bet that April would be the […]

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Finally, live TV made for you

There’s no question that people love TV, from live sports to breaking news to sitcoms and dramas. But the truth is, there are a lot of limitations in how to watch TV today. Unlike online video, people can’t watch TV when they want, on any screen and on their terms, without commitments. Consumers have made it clear that they want live TV without all the hassle. They don’t want to worry about their DVR filling up. They don’t want to miss a great game or their favorite show because they’re on the go. They tell us they want TV to be more like YouTube.

Well, we’ve got some good news! We’re bringing the best of the YouTube experience to live TV. To do this, we’ve worked closely with our network and affiliate partners to evolve TV for the way we watch today.

Meet YouTube TV. It’s live TV designed for the YouTube generation—those who want to watch what they want, when they want, how they want, without commitments.

Here’s what YouTube TV offers:

  • Live TV streaming from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, regional sports networks and dozens of popular cable networks. YouTube TV gives you the best of live TV, from must-see broadcast shows like “Empire,” “The Voice,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Scandal,” to the live sports you want. YouTube TV includes major sports networks like ESPN and regional sports networks like Fox Sports Networks and Comcast SportsNet, so you can watch your favorite NBA or MLB teams. We’ve also partnered with local TV stations, so you’ll also get sports and local news based on where you live. And YouTube TV offers dozens of additional cable channels, so you won’t miss out on the latest news from MSNBC or Fox News, popular shows and movies from USA or FX, kids programming from the Disney Channel or Sprout, or reality TV from E! or Bravo. You can also add Showtime, or Fox Soccer Plus to your networks for an additional charge. In total, YouTube TV gives you access to more than 40 networks, listed below.
  • A cloud DVR, with no storage limits. With YouTube TV, you’ll be able to record live TV and never run out of storage. Your cloud DVR can record as many shows as you want, simultaneously, without using precious data or space on your phone and we’ll store each of your recordings for nine months.
  • A service that works great on all your screens. You can watch YouTube TV on any screen—mobile, tablet or computer—and you can easily stream to your TV with a Google Chromecast or Chromecast built-in TV. YouTube TV works on both Android and iOS. And your cloud DVR goes with you, so you can stream your recordings on any device, whenever and wherever you want.
  • YouTube Red Originals. With a YouTube TV membership, you can watch all of our YouTube Red Original series and movies right on the new YouTube TV app.
  • Six accounts, one price. Every YouTube TV membership comes with six accounts, each with its own unique recommendations and personal DVR with no storage limits. You can watch up to three concurrent streams at a time.
  • Half the cost of cable with zero commitments. A YouTube TV membership is only $ 35 a month and there are no commitments—you can cancel anytime.

YouTube TV will be available soon in the largest U.S. markets and will quickly expand to cover more cities across the country. Visit tv.youtube.com and sign up to find out when we’ll launch in your market.

With so much great content available on TV, we’re thrilled to build an experience that lets you enjoy it as easily as you watch YouTube. We can’t wait for you to tune in.

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Christian Oestlien, Product Management Director, recently used YouTube TV to watch “The Oscars” live on ABC.


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[TA Deals] Live an active lifestyle? The BK Sport wireless earbuds are here! (66% off)

Wires make many things difficult, but they really make being active tough. Between limiting mobility and getting tangled, wires are just no good! The BK Sport wireless earbuds featured on Talk Android Deals eliminates the hassle caused by wires. The wired connection between your device and ears goes away at a slim price courtesy of […]

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Tune in and turn it up: Watch the BRITs feat. Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Skepta and Little Mix LIVE on YouTube

What do Madonna, Liam Gallagher and Robbie Williams have in common? They all made a scene (and global headlines) at the BRITs. The BRIT Awards with MasterCard has given us some of the most memorable moments in music history. Scrap that, in pop culture history. So it is with some joy that we are able to bring you all of this year’s action LIVE on YouTube. For the fourth year running, you can watch the full show live in fabulous, star-studded, rock ’n’ rolling glory if you’re based outside of Great Britain (and if you’re based in GB, catch up on performances after the show). Just tune in at youtube.com/Brits on whatever screen you find yourself closest to: mobile, tablet or TV.

Famous YouTube funnyman Caspar Lee will bring you top gossip from the event on the official BRITs channel. And just who might Caspar be rubbing shoulders with? ROYALTY. Pop royalty, that’s who. This year’s bill is topped by Brit legends and international superstars and includes performances from Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Robbie Williams, Emeli Sandé, Little Mix, The 1975 and U.K. sensation Skepta. And given it’s the BRITs, you just know there’s going to be a whole lot more magic beyond the awards and performances themselves.

As Geoff Taylor, Chief Exec of The BPI and BRIT Awards says: “It’s really exciting for us that so many people around the world will get the chance to celebrate the U.K.’s biggest night in music live as it happens.” Well said, Geoff, couldn’t agree more.

After the live show, you’ll find performances from the artists on their own YouTube channels for you to relive again and again, plus there will be catch-up content on the BRITs channel itself. So, tune in to the official BRITs channel on February 22 at 2.30 p.m. ET and enjoy yourselves a Britpop bonanza.

Azi Eftekhari, Head of Music Partnerships at YouTube in EMEA, just relived Pharell’s impersonation of Skepta (“You Get Me?) on BBC Radio 1.


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Mobile Live Streaming + Super Chat = Live (Streaming) the Dream

A huge focus for us here at YouTube is to find new ways to let creators and viewers interact with each other and the videos they watch. And that’s why we’ve supported live streaming since, well, before Beyoncé even had a baby – way back in 2011! And in 2016, we witnessed the most-viewed political live streams of all time – the 2016 U.S. presidential debates – and we launched the world’s first 360-degree live streaming support with full 4K video, at scale and for free.

So what’s next? The roll out of our new mobile live streaming feature to every creator with more than 10,000 subscribers (the rest of you will have it soon!). It’s a launch that’ll put the power of live streaming in the hands of hundreds of thousands of talented creators, giving them a more intimate and spontaneous way to share their thoughts, lives, and creativity.

Mobile live streaming has been built directly into the YouTube mobile app. All you have to do to start streaming is open YouTube, hit the capture button, and you’re live! Streamed videos will have all the same features as regular YouTube videos. They can be searched for, found via recommendations or playlists, and protected from unauthorized use. Our mobile live streaming uses YouTube’s rock-solid infrastructure, meaning it’ll be fast and reliable, just the YouTube you know and love. And we’ve been working hand-in-hand with hundreds of creators to refine the mobile streaming experience while they stream from a boat or take live calls from their fans. Based on their feedback, we did things like slowing down live chat (it turns out receiving 2,000 messages per second is a little too fast!) and pushing for better streaming quality across devices.

Show me the money

To help creators earn revenue from live streaming, we’re also excited to launch Super Chat, a new live stream monetization tool available to creators in more than 20 countries (and viewers in more than 40 countries). Super Chat is like paying for that front-row seat in the digital age: it lets any fan watching a live stream stand out from the crowd and get a creator’s attention by purchasing chat messages that are highlighted in bright colors and stay pinned to the top of the chat window for up to five hours. Super Chat gives viewers a chance to add a little visual flair to their chats and gives creators a new way to keep connected to their fans while earning a little money on the side, let’s say for example, while shopping at Target or playing video games 🙂

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Stream you soon. 🙂

Product Managers Barbara Macdonald, recently streamed a horror game, and Kurt Wilms, recently watched “Bored at Target.”


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Presidential Inauguration, live on YouTube

From conventions to debates to election day, millions of you came to YouTube over the past year to stay informed and engage in a conversation on the 2016 U.S. election.

The results are in and in one week President-elect Trump will take the oath of office. As in 2013, YouTube is live streaming inauguration coverage and this year you can tune into live streams from more news organizations than ever before.

Head to YouTube on Friday, January 20, and choose a news channel to follow the day-long events:

You’ll also be able to feel what it’s like to be in the center of the action – look out for special coverage from some of the channels above in 360 degrees and amazing 4K quality.

Stay up to speed on U.S. political news, including live coverage, by heading to youtube.com/news.

Brandon Feldman, YouTube News and Politics, recently watched ”Presidential History.”


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Facebook fixes faulty Live reactions count and other metrics

Facebook has kept its promise to be more transparent after it discovered that its system has been embellishing video views and ad data. The social network has admitted to (and fixed) a few more faulty metrics, starting with Live video reactions. You…
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4K live streaming: Live has never looked so good

Back in 2010, we enabled 4K video support for the very first time. Since then, millions of videos have been uploaded at that eye-popping resolution, making YouTube’s the largest library of 4K videos online. Today, we’re proud to say that we’re taking 4K video one step further with the launch of 4K live streaming for both 360-degree videos and standard videos.

Supporting this new format will let creators and partners stream incredibly high-resolution video, and let viewers enjoy the clearest picture possible when watching a live stream on 4K-supported devices. The image quality is just mind-blowing on screens that support it, and in 360 degrees … the clarity can truly transport you. If you want to experience it for yourself, make sure to check out the Game Awards tomorrow, December 1 at 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST on YouTube. The entire show will be live streamed in 4K resolution.

4K video isn’t just a little different from HD video; it’s a giant leap. It shows 8 MILLION pixels total, with an image that has four times more image definition than even 1080p video. What does this mean in real world terms? Live streams look better, show a more detailed, crisper picture, and aren’t as blurry when there’s fast action on screen. Basically, 4K makes everything better to look at. And because we support 4K at up to 60 frames per second, creators can make content that looks silky smooth, and more realistic than ever before.

For creators this means the ability to take advantage of an incredibly clear picture for recorded and now streaming video. It’s the kind of thing that can help to push their hardware (and their talent) to create the most beautiful or just plain crazy-looking images and videos possible. And with 360 4K live streams, the sky is (literally) the limit. Get ready for 360 concert and event streams that look sharper, cleaner, and brighter than ever before. If you want more information on how to stream in 4K, just check out this Help Center article.

Today’s an exciting day, and we can’t wait for everyone to experience the beauty of 4K live streams from their favorite creators.

Kurt Wilms, Senior Product Manager, recently watched “BABY PUG LIVESTREAM!


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U.S. election results LIVE on YouTube

From candidates announcing their run for office to the political conventions, you’ve come to YouTube to get informed on the U.S. election.

In fact, over the past few weeks you spent over 20 million hours watching – and rewatching – the presidential debate live streams on YouTube. That’s the equivalent of over 2,288 years of time!

With just over a week until election day, all eyes are on the candidates as they work to earn your vote. As in 2012, YouTube is back live streaming election results coverage and this year, you can choose from more news organizations than ever before.

Head to YouTube starting at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 8, and select your favorite news channel to follow all the action:

Also, tune in to a special election night event at YouTube Space NY, where host Complex News will deliver live results coverage and celebrate the momentous occasion.

If you haven’t already sent in your ballot, head to Google, search “how to vote” and get all the info you need to make your voice heard.

Brandon Feldman, YouTube News and Politics, recently watched ”U.S. Government & Politics


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The Clash Royale King’s Cup, live on YouTube Gaming

Sound the horns! The King has declared a tournament to host the most skilled Clash Royale players in the land. Who among you can beat his champions and take the King’s Cup?

We are proud to present the King’s Cup Live on YouTube Gaming, a first-of-its-kind major tournament event featuring the second largest mobile title on YouTube this year, Clash Royale. The tournament will take place on Sunday, November 6, live in Los Angeles with a prize pool of $ 100,000.

Competitors from all over the world will attend this open event to qualify to play against eight of the top Clash Royale creators from YouTube. Come sharpen your swords and ride your hogs and take down our legendary Clash Royale creators:

Can’t battle? No worries! Watch the tournament live exclusively on YouTube Gaming and YouTube. There’ll be awesome gameplay, fun interviews, and even opportunities to win prizes. Running alongside the tournament will be a limited time, in-game “King’s Cup Special Event Challenge” where players can join for free and play with cards they haven’t yet unlocked! This special event will be available on iOS and Android between Friday, November 4, and Sunday, November 6.

Join along with our commentary team for this Royale event in coordination with YouTube, Google Play and Supercell at https://gaming.youtube.com/kingscup or https://www.youtube.com/clashroyale.

Lester Chen, Head of eSports Content & Partnerships, recently watched the “2016 League of Legends World Championships.”


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The three 2016 U.S. presidential debates rank as the most-viewed political live streams of all time

This year, more news organizations live streamed the U.S. presidential debates on YouTube than ever before, and we saw record-breaking interest from the YouTube community. The 2016 presidential debates rank as the three most-viewed political live streams of all time. In total, these debates drove 8.5M live watch hours and averaged 1.7M live peak concurrent viewers.

Last night’s final presidential debate delivered:

  • 2.8M live watch hours, nearly five times higher than 2012
  • 1.7M live peak concurrent viewers, over four times higher than 2012
  • Over 140 million views on all debate-related videos

Elections-related YouTube searches are also at an all-time high. Searches for U.S. election content are up 547 percent compared to this time in the last presidential race.

Throughout the debates, millions of viewers tuned in and stayed engaged. The average live session duration was 22 minutes across all three presidential debates and concurrent viewership consistently peaked towards the end of the debate.

In true YouTube fashion, Americans weren’t the only ones involved. Have a look at who was watching the most around the globe:

With only 18 days until U.S. Election Day voters are preparing to head to the polls. If the voter registration deadline in your state hasn’t passed, register today! It only takes 1 min., 34 seconds.

Kurt Wilms, Product Lead, Live Streaming at YouTube, recently watched “The Third Presidential Debate.”


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Tune in to the final presidential debate, live on YouTube

With just 21 days remaining, the U.S. presidential election is top of mind for voters across the country.

Over the past three debates you’ve come to YouTube to follow live coverage from more news organizations than ever before. And Wednesday’s third and final presidential debate will be no exception.

Pick your favorite news channel and tune in to the debate starting at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 19. Here is where you can watch live on YouTube:

You can also join The Young Turks and Complex News on the ground reporting from Las Vegas, Nev., using YouTube Live directly from their phones.

Can’t decide on one stream? Check out youtube.com/news to follow all of the coverage.

And if the voter registration deadline in your state hasn’t passed, register today! It only takes 1 min., 34 seconds.

Brandon Feldman, YouTube News and Politics, recently watched “How Voters Decide.”


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#voteIRL: Announcing YouTube’s get out the vote initiative and presidential debate live streams

At YouTube, we believe in giving everyone a voice. So this U.S. elections season, we’re committed to making sure that people–especially young people–use their voice by voting.

With November just around the corner, election-related content is exploding. Over 200,000 election videos have been uploaded to YouTube every day since the July Conventions and you’ve watched more than 110 million hours of candidate and issues-related content on YouTube.

But while people are clearly engaged with the election online, we want to make sure they get involved “in real life,” too. Today, we’re announcing YouTube’s get out the vote campaign, #voteIRL, where together with the YouTube creator community, we’re helping get young people to the polls. Check out our new #voteIRL anthem video featuring some of YouTube’s top talent, including Bethany Mota, Hannah Hart, Kingsley, Hank Green and more.

Did you know it only takes 1:34 to register to vote?1 With voter registration deadlines looming in October, it’s fast and easy to register to vote using registration tools built by Google. Starting today, look out for familiar faces making 1:34 videos where they do anything from hosting their radio show (hey Ryan Seacrest) to doing their eyebrows, while encouraging their fans to go register. We teamed up with AwesomenessTV, Fullscreen, Machinima, and Maker Studios, so watch for more 1:34 videos every day until National Voter Registration Day.

In addition to the link above, you can also find voter registration tools directly on YouTube. Watch out for registration reminders on the homepage, watch page, and search results page on September 27, Voter Registration Day.

Voting requires you to get educated with the latest and greatest from the candidates. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we’re live streaming the presidential debates from more news organizations than ever before including NBC NewsPBS, Fox NewsThe Washington Post, Univision, and Telemundo. You can also follow your favorite YouTube creators, including The Young Turks and Complex News, who will be on the ground reporting from the debates using YouTube Live directly from their phones.

Stay tuned to youtube.com/youtube and our social media channels as we release new videos, report from the presidential debates, and bring you closer to the election (and the polls) this November. And make sure you’re registered to vote!

Claire Stapleton, YouTube Elections team, recently watched “Maymo the Dog Runs for President: Maymo 2016.”

1 We got a group at YouTube together and registered in every state and the average was just 1:34.


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Watch tonight’s presidential debate live stream on YouTube — and don’t forget to #voteIRL

With 42 days remaining, voters across the U.S. are gearing up for this year’s presidential election — and tonight they’ll be able to watch the first presidential debate live on YouTube!

We announced last week that more news organizations than ever before are live streaming this major political event on YouTube. Have your choice and tune-in to your favorite news channel starting at 9:00 p.m. ET tonight. Here is where you can watch live on YouTube:

Can’t decide on one stream? Check out youtube.com/news to follow all of the live coverage.

You can also join The Young Turks and Complex News on the ground reporting from the debate using YouTube Live directly from their phones.

And don’t forget, tomorrow is National Voter Registration day and YouTube creators want you to head to the polls and #voteIRL. Tune in to this playlist to see how you can register to vote in the amount of time it takes Ryan Seacrest to host a radio show or The Fung Bros to shoot hoops. Surprising fact: it only takes one minute and 34 seconds!

Brandon Feldman, YouTube News and Politics, recently watched “How to Vote in Every State.”


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Tune into the second presidential debate, live on YouTube

As U.S. voters prepare to head to the polls in just over a month, all eyes are on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as they debate for a second time — and like the last two debates, you can head to YouTube to watch the candidates take the stage.

Just choose a news channel on YouTube and join us live from St. Louis, Mo., on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET:

Stay up to speed on U.S. election news, including live coverage, by heading to youtube.com/news. And if you haven’t already, register to vote. It only takes 1 min, 34 seconds!

Brandon Feldman, YouTube News and Politics, recently watched “The Vice-Presidential Debate.”


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Watch tonight’s vice presidential debate, live on YouTube

After last week’s record-breaking presidential debate, Americans are gearing up to hear from the vice presidential nominees in the only debate where they’ll face off — and you’ll be able to follow all the action live on YouTube!

Whether you’re watching from your smartphone or your smart TV, head to YouTube tonight at 9 p.m. ET and choose your favorite news channel, which will bring you live coverage from Farmville, Va.:

As always, check out youtube.com/news to follow all of the live coverage. See you tonight, and from the upcoming presidential debates in St. Louis, Mo., and Las Vegas, Nev.

Brandon Feldman, YouTube News and Politics, recently watched “The First Presidential Debate.”


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With nearly 2 million concurrent viewers and over 3 million live watch hours, first presidential debate breaks political record

Last night’s debate marked the largest political live stream of all time and was one of the biggest live streams in YouTube history. This record-breaking political stream garnered nearly 2 million live concurrent viewers and 3 million live watch hours across the six news organizations that streamed the debate on YouTube.

To put these numbers into context, we took a look at 2012 debate viewership on YouTube. Compared to 2012, last night’s debate had 14x larger live viewership, 5x higher watch time, and 4x more peak concurrent viewers. And views on all debate-related videos exceeded 88 million.

Of course YouTube is a global community and people in the U.S. weren’t the only ones watching. Here are the top five countries, in descending order, outside of the U.S. that tuned in live:

  1. Canada
  2. Mexico
  3. Argentina
  4. Australia
  5. New Zealand

And remember, today is Voter Registration Day and YouTube creators along with The Rock, Conan, Bill Maher, and The Chainsmokers want you to head to the polls and #voteIRL.

Up next we’ll see you live from the vice presidential debate on Tuesday, October 4.

Kurt Wilms, Product Lead, Live Streaming at YouTube, recently watched “Fastest Skateboarder Ever!


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Google Allo to go live on September 21, according to Evan Blass

It could be an important week for Google as the company is said to be releasing its marquee messaging platform for the public. Allo’s release date is, according to a very strong source, scheduled for September 21. 9/21. https://t.co/8Ne6gj0NJS — Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 19, 2016 Going by what Evan Blass says, you’ll be using […]

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