This week on the Reel Web we are going to take a look at Youtube users' complaints regarding the alleged loss of active subscribers, due to Youtube's "spring cleaning" of inactive accounts. We will also discuss the FCC, and their consideration of adding online "channels" like Youtube and Hulu to their definition of channels as applied to TV networks. Finally, we will take a look at Philip DeFranco and his intention to start his own Youtube network.

Youtube Angers Some Users in Removal of Inactive accounts

As many of you know, Youtube has recently removed accounts that have been inactive for a long enough time in an attempt to clean up the statistics on views and subscriber rates. While most of us would agree that this is a good thing, several users have complained that they have lost views and active subscribers in the process. Youtube has released a statement refuting these accusations, saying that they have no knowledge of any lost active users or subscribers.

For those who are claiming that videos are not appearing in their subscription box, Youtube has pointed out that they have recently added a new feature in the home feed. This feature can either show everything that an individual user is subscribed to, or just featured videos. If you seem to be missing some videos from channels that you are subscribed to, you may want to make sure that the proper option is checked in the home feed.

Youtube has finished removing all inactive accounts, and while people may notice a drop in subscribers in the short term, the numbers should plateau and flatten out within the next few days.

Youtube's statement can be found here.

The FCC Considers Redefining Online Channels To Fit With Their Definition For TV Networks

Last week the New York Times published an article discussing the possibility of the FCC redefining online channels on sites like Youtube and Hulu to fit with their policies regarding TV networks. For most websites the term "channel" simply means an account or profile where each of us loads video content. The same term with regards to TV, however, has a slightly different definition with different implications in terms of policy. This may be an extremely good thing, in that if these online channels are redefined by the FCC, they may be granted more rights and privileges. For example, if Youtube or Hulu go to content providers and ask to post their content on their respective websites, those content providers may not be able to refuse on legal grounds anymore. This development may launch the online video movement forward a great deal, but for the moment we will have to wait and see. We will keep you updated on any further developments in this area.

Philip DeFranco and Youtube Networks

Youtube boasts many thousands of individual users, but it also plays host to a great number of collaborative networks which work together and share their profits with each other. Recently, however, Philip DeFranco has said that many of these networks have unfavorable contracts with their individual contributors. These unfair contracts have resulted in a great deal of discontent from contributors, who feel under appreciated by their respective networks. DeFranco has put forward a proposal to counteract these kinds of one-sided contracts, by starting his own network. This network would be for the sole purpose of supporting Youtubers and protecting them from predatory contracts that hurt contributors more than they help. The network will do this by finding creators, artists, musicians, etc. and giving them exposure to build up their respective channels. The network itself would get revenue from that exposure and, theoretically, everyone would benefit. It sounds like a pretty great deal, but it remains to be seen if anything comes of it. We will keep you updated on any further developments.


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