YouTube Debuts TV subscription Service

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Every day people spend almost as much time watching YouTube as TV. And now they can watch TV on YouTube.

On Tuesday, YouTube debuted a cable TV-style subscription service so that people can pay to stream live and recorded shows from the four broadcast TV networks and roughly three dozen cable networks through a new YouTube TV site and a new YouTube TV mobile app.

Called YouTube TV, the service will cost $35 a month for six accounts and will become available “in the next few months,” said YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, who announced YouTube TV during an event at the company’s YouTube Space LA studio in Los Angeles. YouTube has published a page on its site for people to sign up to be notified when YouTube TV becomes available in their area.

YouTube TV will carry 40 total TV networks, including local broadcast channels and cable networks like Bravo, E!, ESPN, Fox News, FX, MSNBC, National Geographic Channel and USA Network. People will also have the option of paying an extra fee for Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus. And YouTube is bundling in the original shows it has produced exclusively for its existing YouTube Red subscription service.

Using YouTube TV, people will be able to watch live TV, check out an on-demand library of past seasons and record shows to watch later. People can only view recorded shows by streaming them through an internet or cellular connection; they will not be able to download them to watch offline, like they can on Netflix. There is no limit to how many shows people can record simultaneously, and setting a recording from YouTube’s mobile app won’t use the phone’s data or its storage, said YouTube chief product officer Neal Mohan. YouTube will keep an account’s recorded shows for up to nine months.

In addition to the subscription revenue, YouTube will also be able to reap ad revenue from YouTube TV. While YouTube hasn’t yet pitched advertisers specifically on YouTube TV inventory, YouTube will “have the opportunity to sell some ads” appearing within YouTube TV’s shows, said Mohan. YouTube’s chief business officer, Robert Kyncl, likened YouTube TV ad sales to how Comcast sells some of the ads running on its cable TV service alongside the ads sold by the TV networks themselves. Mohan said that YouTube plans to sell ads for YouTube TV in all the same ways it currently sells ads for YouTube proper, including through the advertising auction system.

YouTube TV isn’t so different from YouTube proper, aside from a new “Live” tab cataloging shows currently airing. A home feed will list shows and categories that people might want to check out, like the videos YouTube features in its main app’s feed. People will be able to search for shows by title and keywords like the name of a sports team or a content category. YouTube TV will also work with Google’s Chromecast so that people can stream a live or recorded show from their phone to their TV. And people will be able to watch regular YouTube videos, in addition to the TV shows and YouTube Red original programs, on YouTube TV.

This isn’t YouTube’s first subscription service. In October 2015, YouTube rolled out YouTube Red that has people pay $9.99 a month to watch all YouTube videos without ads, gain access to some exclusive original shows and download videos to watch offline; YouTube Red will remain a separate service from YouTube TV, with only the YouTube Red original shows carrying over. And a year before that, it introduced YouTube Music Key, a precursor to YouTube Red that focused on YouTube’s music-related videos.

Via: Marketing Land

Vine Is Closing Down, and the Internet Can’t Stand It

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If you picture social video as a colorful ecosystem full of emoji and chat bubbles, you really should try to think of it more as a jungle — a place where the strong eat the weak.

Periscope ate Meerkat. Instagram’s new video features might be chewing on Snapchat. And Facebook Live is trying to gobble up everything in sight.

The latest casualty is Vine, a six-second video app owned by Twitter. The app spawned some stars, among them the singer Shawn Mendes, and improved upon the best thing about Twitter — funny tweets — by adding audio and visual snippets. Some of it was total nonsense, and that’s why it was so great.

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Send Passwords Securely Through Your Body Instead of Wi-Fi

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A smartphone can be used to send a secure password through the human body and open a door with an electronic smart lock.
Rather than rely on easy-to-hack Wi-Fi or Bluetooth signals, researchers have developed a system that uses the human body to securely transmit passwords.
Computer scientists and electrical engineers have devised a way to relay the signal from a fingerprint scanner or touchpad through the body to a receiving device that is also in contact with the user. These “on-body” transmissions offer a secure option for authentication that does not require a password, the researchers said.

 

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Instagram Debuts Ephemeral ‘Stories’ In Battle With Snapchat

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Instagram doesn’t only want to be the place to share perfect photos.

In a major product change, the Facebook ngIf: ticker FB -1.00% ngIf: show_card end ngIf: ticker -owned company is making a push to encourage more frequent, in-the-moment sharing. On Tuesday, the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company began rolling out a new ephemeral sharing tool called “Instagram Stories” that heavily mimics the core Snapchat feature of the same name. Stories lets users add full-screen photos and videos, overlayed with text, emojis, filters and bright drawings in a slideshow of content that disappears after 24 hours. Users can choose to save the clips to their camera roll or share them on their traditional Instagram profile, where they can still post filtered photos and videos per usual. Users can capture clips for Stories through an in-app camera, or share camera roll content that is up to 24 hours old.

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Sharing Google Play Purchases With Google Family Library Launch

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Do you sign in on your friends Google play to enjoy their purchases because your moms on yours? Well this summer that’s all changing, thanks to Google Family Library. A new feature on Google Play that is launching that lets the whole family in on the fun! It will now allow you to share all your purchases with up to 6 family members! Purchases such as books, videos, music and more. But it also claims that things like videos, can only be streamed on one device at a time.Family Library also involves allowing a family group to share one payment method, and lets parentd invite others and restrict purchases by requiring download approval.

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