Today, the biggest video-sharing website YouTube celebrates its 8th birthday. The platform first kicked off in May 2005 and ever since developed on fast pace. In a blog post, YouTube shares some key numbers from its first 8 years on the web. According to it, every minute on the site are uploaded more than 100 hours of video files. YouTube has estimated that this is equal to 4 days of video content per minute. In addition, the platform enjoys visits from more than 1 billion people every month. Pretty impressive, isn’t it? Read more
YouTube Launches Paid Subscriptions
The age of free online video content may soon be over. YouTube is said to introduce paid subscriptions as soon as this week or in a few weeks time.
According to Financial Times, YouTube will start charging users who want to subscribe to the specialized channels on the video platform. Anonymous sources inform that the website will also offer paid channels for music, entertainment, children’s programming and many others. The monthly subscription to these channels will cost $1.99.
Istockphoto.com is partnering with ONE.org for a video and print contest called ONE Thing We Agree On. They are looking for video and print submissions that bring opposites together to stamp out extreme poverty. Read more
In his role as a Research Analyst of Informa Telecoms & Media, Andrew Ladbrook looks at the latest developments in home network technology and smart connected devices. Here he looks at internet usage in the MENA region.
Internet usage is forecast to significantly grow by 2015, with usage of the network per person to have grown by 400% to 10.6GB, total internet users to be 119 million and 75% of those internet users watching SD video. Read more
There are people out there who have always wanted to express themselves through video, but may be limited by funding, video-making skills or insufficient tools.
Thatâ€™s why YouTube is establishing the YouTube Creator Institute – the first initiative from YouTube Next – to help nurture content creators, existing YouTube partners and the next generation of stellar YouTube talent. Read more