Yesterday it was reported that UK satellite TV provider Freesat is making YouTube available as a channel in their lineup. It will, in fact, be an HTML5 app that will allow Freesat users to access YouTube. So all that hullabaloo about YouTube turning into a channel was in fact false. I regret the error. All of this will be happening in March on Freesat's Freetime player, in celebration of selling 3 million products. It will give YouTube a bigger TV presence in the UK, it's just not going to be available as a stand-alone channel. And that's OK. Lots of correcting to do.
Freesat's Freetime to Offer YouTube Programming
Here's a list of the UK's original channels, some of which could be on this new app. There are entries from Guinness World Records, BBC, Bad Teeth, Jamie Oliver, and more. I like this video from Guinness, where they have hosts try to break a very specific record: number of M&M's eaten using chopsticks:
Of course, a very popular channel is Jamie Oliver's, as food "how-tos" are huge on YouTube anyway. Now throw a celebrity chef in the mix, and have him make some peanut butter cookies and stuff:
Just this past weekend, I had a video for Fun Video Friday from Bad Teeth called "Daniel Radcliffe: A How-To Guide." Here's another from the comedy channel where Quentin Tarantino pretends to be a belligerent interview guest:
Sorry for the confusion everyone.