It's a holiday weekend for many of us so it's the perfect time to release 15 episodes of a much loved and missed comedy all at once....but is binge watching our favourite shows the harmless activity we think it is? I wonder just how many of us will watch video content via our mobile devices this weekend too?
The Google+ page/YouTube channel integration has been in beta for about a month now, and YouTube is getting closer to opening it up to everyone. There will soon be an option for everyone to make the connection in the next few weeks.
Google and Microsoft have been facing up to each other all week over the Windows YouTube app which has yet to be settled - although Google's 'Cease & Desist' letter might hasten Microsoft's decision about whether to allow ads and prevent downloads. In other news, YouTube's 'Comedy Week' starts tonight - we can't wait!
Google wants their new VP9 codec to be royalty-free, but patent disputes could prevent that from happening. Meanwhile, VP9 is supposed to have double the image quality using half the compression of H.264. In other news: H.264 could be H.265 soon, so there's that.
Google's annual developer conference, the I/O, introduced a number of new features including a new video codec aimed at reducing bandwidth, a new cross platform 'all in one' video chat service and a music streaming rival to Spotify. Oh, and they also confirmed the latest YouTube stats.
Google is updating the search algorithm again. One possible effect to video is the targeting of sites that use advertorials without full disclosure. There are a number of other black hat spamming techniques being addressed, but Google's Matt Cutts explains it better than I do in a video Google released.
YouTube's introduction of subscription channels dominated the online video news this week, creating many headlines but we also bring you the rest of news including Ryan Gosling's aversion to cereal how Amazon makes money from rival Netflix.
Microsoft has created a YouTube app for Windows Phone that blocks ads and allows users to download videos. While these things are frowned upon by YouTube API standards, the question becomes, "Is Microsoft breaking the law by doing this?"
Just in case you have a brand name that could potentially be sullied by copycats pretending to be you, there is a verification badge available through lots of connections with Google Plus and your website and your channel to make sure there's an iron clad identification for you and others.
Another week, another brilliant viral video - this time from Kmart. Yes, that Kmart. We dare you not to laugh at least once, especially at the old guy on the bed. Our look back at the week's news in online video also has us drooling at the Phantom Flex4K camera and hoping the current price tag is a mistake.
YouTube and Google+ Business Page Integration is now here, complete with multi-admin user capabilities so that you can have multiple users uploading and managing videos on your channel. People have been able to link their YouTube channels to their Google+ profiles for awhile now, but now those with pages can do it, and there was much rejoicing.
It's April Fool's again, which means YouTube and Google will be pulling out all sorts of video pranks this year. With YouTube primarily focused on video and Google primarily focused on search domination, you would think YouTube would come out with the best video pranks. Not so.
Google Universal Search results have always looked very favourably on video content and a new report from our friends at Searchmetrics confirms that video content is still the best vertical to use. Oh, and (surprise) you have even more chance of appearing if that video is hosted on YouTube.
Google Play is introducing info cards to their app for Android 4.0 tablet users inside the U.S. What it does is give you information on the actor, related films, and even the music in the background in some cases. We're one step closer to knowing everything we want to know about a movie while we watch it.
YouTube, the world's leading video search engine have announced they have hit a Billion unique views per month. That equates to about 15% of the world's population and would make YouTube, if it were a country, the third largest in the world after China and India. That's a lot of cat videos we're watching....