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After dominating mobile for years, YouTube is now coming for your TV screens

YouTube said that its users are watching more than 180 million hours of YouTube on TV screens every day. YouTube also explained some of its recent initiatives aimed at helping content creators and overall engagement on the platform.

tech Updated: Jul 23, 2018 12:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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YouTube is betting big on TV screens after dominating the mobile space for over a decade.(AP)

YouTube, the de facto application for free video streaming on mobile platform, is now betting big on the TV screens. The video-sharing platform last week revealed that more than 180 million hours of YouTube videos were being watched on TV screens every day.

The impressive growth comes after almost a year it introduced an official YouTube TV service for big screens. The new service allows users to watch live and recorded content without needing cable or satellite subscription.

The application was also rolled out to Xbox devices. Prior to the official application, Google allowed users to cast the YouTube videos to TV screens through Chromecast dongle. The official YouTube TV app isn’t available in India, for now.

YouTube’s TV service had been in news lately after the platform crashed during England and Croatia World Cup game.

Even as Google is increasingly focusing on the platform, it is also shifting its attention back to the TV screens. This is mainly because of the growth in smart TV sales around the world. According to a report, smart TV market is expected to hit $292.55 billion by 2025.

“Streaming devices such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Chromecast are changing the consumers’ viewing experience. Several manufacturers are teaming up with OTT content and device providers to provide built-in features with no further requirement of a set-top box,” said the report.

Focus on content creators
YouTube says it has about 1.9 billion users.

“Our overall interactions, such as likes, comments and chats, grew by more than 60 per cent year over year. More and more creators are building their businesses and discovering that they can shape the global conversation with just a phone and an Internet connection,” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki.

“We made a conscious effort to respond on social media, and we answered 600 per cent more tweets through our official handles (@TeamYouTube, @YTCreators and @YouTube) in 2018 than in 2017 and grew our reach by 30 per cent,” Wojcicki informed.

YouTube has built a new feature that enables it to deliver relevant information in YouTube Studio (formerly known as Creator Studio).

“In February, we began testing a new dashboard with a small group of creators. The dashboard, which was launched for all English channels, will soon be available in an additional 76 languages in the next two weeks,” she noted.

When it comes to channel membership, viewers pay a monthly recurring fee of $4.99 to get unique badges, new emojis, Members-only posts in the Community tab, and access to unique custom perks offered by creators.

“We worked with a small group of creators to develop this service and are expanding it to eligible channels with more than 100,000 subscribers and even more creators in the coming months,” the YouTube CEO said.

Every day, over 60 million users click into or engage with YouTube Community posts.

“Livestreaming continues to be an area of growth for creators, with watchtime of livestreams increasing by 10X over the last three years,” Wojcicki added.

With the increasing penetration of smartphones, data becoming affordable and ever-growing availability of content, 80 per cent of internet users across all age-groups in the country are accessing YouTube, Google India said on Friday.

YouTube’s monthly user base has touched 225 million in India, reaches 80 per cent of the Internet population.

Copyright Match tool
The platform recently announced a “Copyright Match” tool, which uses the matching power of Content ID to help creators find copies of content when it’s been uploaded by other channels.

With this tool, after a new video is uploaded, YouTube would run a scan to see if there is any other video that resembles the uploaded video very much or is the same and if there is a “match”, it would appear on the “matches” tab.

“We’ve been testing this tool with a thousand creators over the last year to tailor it to your specific needs and is a great complement to the range of copyright tools we provide,” Wojcicki said.

(with inputs from IANS)

First Published: Jul 23, 2018 11:55 IST