Facebook is very serious about its original programming ambitions — $ 3 million per episode serious. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the tech giant is courting Hollywood agencies for original scripted TV shows, in some cases offering up to…
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Other than its innovated VR180 format and YouTube TV expansion, Google's video streaming site found time to mention its subscription package during Vidcon 2017. For 2017 the YouTube Red Originals lineup has a mix of new series on the way including an…
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I just got off stage after a great conversation with Rhett and Link at VidCon, where we announced a number of exciting new updates. We spoke about VR, YouTube TV, new original series and a number of improvements to the core YouTube experience. Let’s talk about that!
I always have an incredible time at VidCon and this year is no different. I met amazing fans and inspirational creators and I experienced, first-hand, the wonderful sense of community and belonging between them. I hope some of these features and announcements will make their YouTube experience—and yours—better than ever.
Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube recently watched Good Mythical Morning — What’s All Over My Body (CHALLENGE)
Musical.ly might have professionally made original shows to offer along with user-produced content sometime in the future. According to Bloomberg, the music video app is currently talking to Viacom and Comcast's NBCUniversal about creating original p…
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Kevin Hart. Rhett and Link. Ellen DeGeneres. Katy Perry. The Slow Mo Guys. Demi Lovato. Ludacris.
These amazing stars all have something in common: They’re starring in new shows premiering exclusively on YouTube. And since these shows are ad-supported, you—and every single one of our billion-plus viewers—can watch for free.
Bringing even more can’t-miss content to audiences globally
For years, we’ve been proud to work with creators like Casey Neistat, Jackie Aina and countless others who have turned their channels into daily destinations. And with these channels packaged within Google Preferred—our offering that allows brands to advertise on some of the most-loved and most-watched content on YouTube—brands have been able to support the videos you love, so you can enjoy for free.
These channels continue to be hugely successful. That’s why, starting in 2016, we made the decision to take YouTube to the next level. We began making premium original content for our subscription service, YouTube Red, releasing 30 series and movies in just over a year. And we kept hearing from brands they wanted to be more involved in these premium series.
Launching new ad-supported shows, exclusively on YouTube
When excited fans, brands, and creators tell us something, we listen. We’re thrilled to announce that beginning later this year, some of the biggest YouTube creators and Hollywood names will be featured in seven new series on YouTube—bringing more can’t-get-enough-of and can’t-find-anywhere-else shows to everyone, everywhere. With these new shows, brands can be a part of content that’s generating buzz around the world.
Check out the must-see lineup:
We’re excited to partner with top creators and world-class production companies to offer these new shows to audiences globally—on the platform where the world chooses to watch over a billion hours of video every day.1 People turn to YouTube to express themselves, engage with creators, and connect with the thriving communities they’re proud to be a part of.
This vibrant fan and creator community is also why brands turn to YouTube. And we’re excited that Johnson & Johnson Consumer Brands will be our first advertising partner of this new content. In addition to a major investment in our creators through Google Preferred, they’ve signed on as the exclusive sponsor of Best.Cover.Ever., helping to make the talent competition accessible to YouTube viewers.
Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer, YouTube, recently watched “Justin Bieber – Despacito Ft. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee.”
1Source: YouTube Internal Data, Global, 2016
It sounds like Twitch doesn't want its new sneaker show to be its only stab at interactive programming. In the eyes of chief operating officer Kevin Lin, the ideal TV experience on the platform would be one where the story changes from one episode to…
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In this video, the European Space Agency takes us from outer space to Earth, depicting the exponentially worsening space debris problem along the way. Without a solution, humanity may soon find space travel impossible.
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Last year, continuing a trend, the Alcatel Idol 4S was a potential sleeper phone offering a solid choice for mid-range budget shoppers. Judging from a new leaked photo, Alcatel appears to be planning to stick close to the game plan for 2017 with the successor phone, the Alcatel Idol 5S expected to be available in […]
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Ready for an interesting twist? This is the Galaxy S8 that Samsung will announce at the end of the month. An unnamed individual took multiple images of the phone in plum. Well, this could actually be just a prototype and probably is just a prototype. We say that because there’s a coat of paint over […]
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It’s been hard enough for Samsung to keep what looks to be almost all the details of the Galaxy S8 secret and now it appears that their event poster isn’t even safe. A new leaked image shows off what very well could be the poster for the Galaxy S8 and, if it’s real, confirms when […]
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Facebook is under quite a bit of pressure of late. It's trying to fix the rise of fake news and clickbait on its News Feed and, more recently, it's had to deal with the Zenimax lawsuit against Oculus. But all of that hasn't eaten into Facebook's bott…
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When Netflix isn't commissioning award-winning programming and movies, some members of its team dedicate some of their time to building fun little projects. We've already The Switch, a Netflix and Chill button that can automatically dim the lights, a…
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If you’re crafty enough, you can turn your old tech into new tech, so don’t donate that old Nokia phone quite yet. Instead, head to YouTube and learn how to turn it into a smartwatch.
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Honor, Huawei’s tech-sharing spin-off brand, may have another smartphone with a dual-lens camera in the works. Called the Honor 6X, it may combine the best parts of the Honor 8 and the Honor 5X into one phone.
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Samsung’s second Tizen-powered phone may be unveiled on Thursday. The Z2 is a predecessor to the Z1, and may make its way to select African and Asian markets like Nepal, Bangladesh, and South Africa.
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A sub-$ 9,000 3D bioprinter set to make its debut later this year, the Aether 1, makes some very bold claims for itself — including its ability to outperform rivals with price tags in excess of $ 250,000.
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If we ask our creators, most of them will tell you that there’s a project, an idea, a collaboration, or a vision that they’ve always wanted to bring to life. YouTube has helped them achieve incredible things—build a fanbase, gain exposure, even earn serious money—but sometimes, they dream of something more.
Late last year we launched YouTube Red Originals for exactly that reason. We wanted to help our creators realize their ambitions on the platform where their community already lives.
With nine projects launched so far—including “Scare PewDiePie,” “Foursome” and “MatPat’s Game Lab” —we’re seeing fans sign up, tune in, binge and share their enthusiasm with their friends. Our original series and movies are one of the leading drivers of YouTube Red subscriptions, with viewership that rivals similar cable shows.
We’re also seeing creators featured in YouTube Red Originals get a boost in subscribers and watchtime on their main channels, with most of this watchtime coming from viewers who haven’t watched that creator’s content before. It turns out that there’s a virtuous cycle from YouTube Red that actually supports their existing channel on YouTube.
We’re also seeing fans consume these series and films in unexpected ways. Over half of the time spent watching Red Originals is happening on people’s mobile phones. Maybe that’s why the social buzz around YouTube Red Originals is so large. “A Trip to Unicorn Island” earned more Twitter mentions and impressions at launch than “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “House of Cards” and “True Detective” saw when they were released.
Based on the success we’ve seen so far, we’re thrilled to announce our latest slate of YouTube Red Originals.
“SCARE PEWDIEPIE” – SEASON 2: Produced by Maker Studios, the creator and executive producers of “The Walking Dead” franchise from Skybound Entertainment, and Felix Kjellberg under the Revelmode banner, the second season of the reality adventure series, “Scare PewDiePie,” promises even more thrills and chills.
“FOURSOME” – SEASON 2: Produced by AwesomenessTV, the second season of “Foursome” returns to YouTube Red following Andie’s adventures in the high school dating world. We meet a brand new Andie, a new era of extracurricular hooking up and high school awkwardness.
UNTITLED SMOSH MOVIE: After releasing the episodic series “Part Timers” on YouTube, Smosh is coming back for a feature-length comedy on YouTube Red. Luckless Charlie (Anthony Padilla) moves into a new apartment, only to find he has a roommate: a self-centered ghost named Max (Ian Hecox). Max makes Charlie’s life a living hell, until they learn that the only way Max can get into heaven is by working together.
NEW TO YOUTUBE RED:
“STEP UP” SERIES: “Step Up,” a fan favorite dance film franchise that launched the career of Channing Tatum, transitions to a new series with a heart-pounding, sexy, music-filled and dramatic look at dancers in a contemporary performing arts school. Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Meredith Milton, all producers of the original “Step Up” films, will executive produce the series, along with Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum, who both co-starred in the original “Step Up” film.
“RHETT & LINK’S BUDDY SYSTEM”: In this new scripted comedy series, Rhett & Link must go out of their way to regain control of their internet empire from their mutual co-ex-girlfriend who is now an evil Infomercial Queen holding a very big secret over their heads. The series also features “Saturday Night Live” alums Molly Shannon and Chris Parnell, as well as Leslie Bibb and Page Kennedy.
DAN & PHIL TOUR DOCUMENTARY: Top YouTube comedy stars, Dan Howell and Phil Lester are taking their fans inside their latest world tour, “The Amazing Tour Is Not On Fire.” With hilarious anecdotes, sketches, and lots of surprises for their fans, we’re bringing Dan and Phil’s successful live stage show exclusively to YouTube Red. They’ll also be giving audiences a behind-the-scenes look with a documentary about the making of the tour.
“VLOGUMENTARY”: Executive produced by award-winning filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, Maker Studios, and Shay “ShayCarl” Butler, “Vlogumentary” provides a personal, intimate lens into the world of some of YouTube’s biggest creators and demonstrates the power of the platform in shaping the lives of creative voices, their audiences and the media landscape.
UNTITLED ANIMATED SERIES: 3BLACKDOT and its top YouTube creators SeaNanners, TheMrSark and VanossGaming star in an animated comedy series, helmed by Michael Rowe, Emmy Award-winning writer of “Futurama” and “Family Guy,” about a team of ill-equipped paranormal investigators who struggle to unfold the mysteries of the paranormal universe for their desperate clients.
UNTITLED MICHAEL STEVENS PROJECT: In this new educational series, Vsauce creator Michael Stevens will take a deeper look into the human mind, using real subjects, including himself and special guests, to show some of the most mind-blowing, important and least understood aspects of human nature.
Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, recently watched the first episode of “Escape the Night with Joey Graceffa.”
Google has released its latest diversity report, showing slow progress, but progress nonetheless. Google is quick to highlight that these numbers do not reflect where the company wants to be.
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4K displays in a virtual reality headset might happen sooner than you think. Samsung has shown off an ultra HD screen that’s intended to be used in VR applications, which should offer a considerable bump in quality and pixels over what we’re using in headsets right now. The display itself was a 5.5-inch screen with […]
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Blue Origin has released a few videos of its New Shephard rocket landings, but this one’s a little different. The team behind the reusable launch system recently attached a camera to the rocket itself and filmed New Shepard’s rapid return to Earth.
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The Huawei P9 Lite hasn’t been officially announced just yet, but it’s already showing up as for sale from a retailer in Europe.
That retailer is Cel.ro, a Romanian-based website. The website shows the Huawei P9 Lite as available in Gold, Black, and White color variants, all sitting at around USD$ 300. We’re not sure if you can actually go through the payment process on the website, or if they’ll actually even ship it to you right away, as it’s entirely possible this is just an “early” pre-order. Then again, Cel.ro lists the Huawei P9 Lite as in stock.
Either way, we still haven’t heard anything official, but according to the retailer, the specs on the handset are still quite nice. Featuring a 5.2-inch IPS Full HD display, a HiSilicon Kirin 650 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 3,000mAh battery. The specs are interestingly a tad different than what Huawei announced in Russia not too long ago.
As far as camera optics go, you can expect to see a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, dual-SIM functionality, 4G LTE connectivity, and a fingerprint scanner. You, of course, also have Huawei’s EMUI atop of Android 6.0.
Whatever the case, it seems like the P9 Lite is available in Romania through Cel.ro. We’re not sure as to when the Huawei P9 Lite will be available from other retailers in the region. Huawei did reveal that the P9 Lite would be available in Russia in June, so it could be some time before we hear anymore details.
Meanwhile, Huawei officially took the covers off of its P9 and P9 Plus not too long ago.
We’ll have to just sit and wait for an official word from Huawei before we can get some solid details. If the launch in Russia is anything to go by, we could be waiting a couple months before we hear anything else.
Are you looking forward to the P9 Lite?
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Remember that photo of the front and back of the G5 that we saw yesterday? Want another look at the device before its official announcement? You’re in luck.
Evan Blass has released yet another photo of the device, front and back, showing what’s probably the always on display and the rear camera module and fingerprint scanner. It doesn’t reveal anything new, but it does give a great look at the fantastically sleek design that LG is going with for their 2016 flagship. Even if you miss the volume buttons on the rear, it’s hard to argue that this isn’t one of the most attractive designs LG has come up with in recent years.
Fortunately, we aren’t too far out from the actual announcement of the device. There isn’t much left for LG to shock anyone with, but it’ll be nice to get some high quality images and complete clarification on what the G5 can and can’t do.
source: Evan Blass (Twitter)
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Yep, we have more renders of the Galaxy S7 Edge. There’s really not much more to hide at this point, as we’ve seen images showing off the curved sides of the device and nearly every detail about the phone and its smaller sibling have been leaked at this point.
These renders do give a pretty good indication of the colors we can expect to see Samsung unveil this time around. We have the titanium silver that’s been popular on some of the company’s international models, as well as the solid black (no more blue-ish tint!) and the champagne gold that’s becoming increasingly popular. Everything else is in line with what we’ve seen, including the softer curves and stark resemblance of last year’s Galaxy S6.
Do any of these colors have you ready to throw down some cash on a pre-order later this month? Personally, I’m a big fan of white/silver phones, but the titanium gray might be a nice replacement if Samsung decides to drop a totally plain white phone this time around.
source: Evan Blass (Twitter)
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If you do a lot of 3D printing and are worried about the fumes, you may want to read a new study from US and French researchers. It measured the amount of particles emitted by five 3D printers using nine different filament materials. The new research…
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Why let fans make the videos when you can do it yourself? Tesla Motors just made public a new video — if it ever runs as a TV ad, it could be the company's first one — promoting it Autopilot feature that do a lot of the driving on their own. Now, t…
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3D printing is far from being a novel manufacturing technique, but it wasn't until recently that we started seeing the benefits of it on a grander scale. Organs and prosthetics? Check. Clothing? Sure. 3D-printed footwear? Now we have those, too. Ente…
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How are you going to get through this week? By following our guide to the finest films and TV shows available now, of course. On the list this week: With Bob and David, Wolf Hall, and more.
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We still have no idea what GoPro’s upcoming quadcopter will look like but its flying stability and gimbal look to be sorted. The company has just posted a video shot using its prototype machine, and the captured silky-smooth footage looks awesome.
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The upcoming DROID Turbo 2 has been subject to a variety of leaks, giving us all sorts of details–shatterproof display, massive battery, and so on–before the unveiling in a couple of days. This next leak shows just how outrageous the branding is going to be on this device, as we have become accustom to on DROID products.
Pictured above is a gallery of devices. The first three units are the allegedly the DROID Turbo 2, and the following two are the DROID MAXX.
For some reason, on the DROID Turbo 2, Verizon has decided to slap its signature check mark logo at the base device between two split speakers. This is, of course, not the first time Verizon has gone with this in-your-face branding. It was subject to the Galaxy S4 Mini years ago as well:
There was quite a bit of outrage surrounding this branding on the Galaxy S4 Mini way back when, and we haven’t really seen it since, until now.
Keep in mind that leaks like these aren’t always accurate, so it’s wise to take it with a grain of salt. However, the leakster, Evan Blass, is a credible source and has been right in the past, making us think this could very possibly be the final device. It’s also very similar to the image Verizon leaked just yesterday.
What do you think of Big Red’s giant check mark on the DROID Turbo 2? Is it overkill?
source: Evan Blass (Twitter)
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Kopin has revealed the Solos, a pair of smart glasses aimed at cyclists. It takes voice commands and pairs with a smartphone and activity trackers to display real-time stats.
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BlackBerry’s next phone may feature a slide-down keyboard and run Android. Briefly shown off at MWC 2015 as the BlackBerry 10 Slider, it has a codename of Venice, and could be released later this year. Here’s what we know about it so far.
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How are you going to get through this week? By pulling up your favorite streaming service and queueing the finest films and TV shows available now. Up this week: Gett, Doctor Who, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and more.
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How are you going to get through this week? By pulling up your favorite streaming service and queueing the finest films and TV shows available now. Up this week: Sense8, Sid and Nancy, and more.
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Asus is expected to unveil its new ZenPad series tablets at Computex next week, which will feature 4:3 aspect ratio screens and Intel chips.
While the bezels are a bit big, the tablet above does have front-facing speakers, which should do some good as far as sound quality goes.
Also expect a power button below the right-side volume rocker, a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the top, and perhaps a microSD slot on the right side as well.
7-inch and 8-inch models are expected to be released, both with Intel processors and two different storage sizes. The 8-incher will have a 2048 x 1536 screen, and the 7-incher will have a 1024 x 600 screen. Expect more information on the devices next week at Computex.
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