YouTube Turns 6 With 3 Billion Views Per Day

In May 2005, the YouTube founders launched and today YouTube is celebrating its sixth birthday with an announcement that it’s uploading 48 hours of video every minute. That’s huge!

YouTube’s global daily views have gone up up 37 percent in the past six months and now records 3 billion views per day, which is more than 50 percent from a year ago.

YouTube Stats
The company announced in its blog:

We’re amazed that over this last weekend, you drove YouTube past the 3 billion views a day mark, a 50% increase over last year. That’s the equivalent of nearly half the world’s population watching a YouTube video each day, or every U.S. resident watching at least nine videos a day.

With live event streaming and faster uploads, no doubt YouTube has achieved this success rate. YouTube now targets 72 hours a minute, or 4 billion views a day and I’m sure this will be achieved in no time.

YouTube’s first video was uploaded on April 23, 2005. The site was initially opened to beta testers in May 2005 and in October 2006 it was acquired by Google for $1.65bn

The first video upload on YouTube

Shemaroo Launches Free Bollywood Movies On Youtube

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get to watch all your favorite Bollywood (hindi) movies online for free? Well, I don’t think anyone will say no to this. However if you think that we are going to tell you about illegal ways of watching Hindi movies online then this post is not for you.

Bollywood films distributor – Shemaroo has taken a unique initiative to put good hindi movies online including golden oldies and latest flicks so that users can easily see their favorite movies without much hassle. In order to make this happen, Shemaroo has created an exclusive video channel on Youtube called Shemaroo Movies. The channel has full length videos of various Bollywood films which users can view for free.

Currently the channel has around 20 titles ans Shemaroo has plans of expanding it gradually with more movies. The best part about it is that they have the right mix of current blockbusters as well as all time classic movies. Short 5 – 6 second in video advertisements which play at regular intervals while watching the movies is how Shemaroo is planning to generate revenue from these online movies.

One concern which I had while viewing movies on the Channel is that, it is very easy to download videos from Youtube using already available online video download tools. These might prompt certain users to download the movies from the Shemaroo channel (meant for viewing online). So, in a way is this not promoting video piracy? Do let us know about your thoughts in the comments section below.

Delicious Acquired By YouTube Founders

It has been a tough past few months for Yahoo and Delicious in general. The turmoil started out in December 2010 when a leaked PowerPoint slide showed that Yahoo was sun setting Delicious. This led to several users switching to Delicious alternatives.

Delicious Logo

Yahoo later on confirmed that Delicious was not shutting down and would be kept alive while they looked for potential buyers. They did have a hard time finding any buyers but have finally been able to sell Delicious to the founders of .

According to a blog post and help page on Delicious, Yahoo will continue transitioning the property and will operate it till July 2011 after which it will be handed over to the new owners.

Today, we’re pleased to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creators of the largest online video platform, they have firsthand experience enabling millions of users to share their experiences with the world. They are committed to running and improving Delicious going forward.

Providing a seamless transition for users is incredibly important for both companies. Yahoo! will continue to operate Delicious until approximately July 2011. When the transition period is complete, your information will be moved over to Delicious’ new owner.

Chad Hurley and Steve Chen acquired delicious as part of their company AVOS. They have promised users the same great service as they are accustomed to.

As a part of the transition process, users will have to login to Delicious and then transfer their account to AVOS. Users will have to convert their Yahoo accounts to Delicious accounts as part of this process. Users would have to either create new usernames or continue using their old Delicious accounts.

It’s definitely going to be a long journey for both Delicious and AVOS along with users of the service. If you think that you want to pack your bags and move out of Delicious here are some articles which might come in helpful to you.

So are you going to stick around with Delicious or move on to another alternative? Do let me know.

YouTube Beefs up Its Movie Rental Service in a Big Way

YouTubeEarlier today, news broke that Netflix is officially bigger than Comcast or any other cable provider in the United States. We all knew that this was bound to happen, but how soon it has happened surprised quite a few people. In the near future, cable providers will be reduced to mere suppliers of dumb-pipes, as consumers with busy schedules will begin to rely almost exclusively on streaming content provided by the likes of Netflix. Apples knows this, as does Google.

Apple jumped into the game a few years back by expanding its iTunes store. Google joined in last year, by adding a rentals section to YouTube (for US users only). However, YouTube video rentals has failed to make much of an impression. In fact, most people aren’t even aware that YouTube has a section for renting movies and television shows.

The main limiting factor for YouTube has been its tiny and uninteresting catalog. However, that might be about to change. According to TheWrap, YouTube has inked a deal with several big studios, including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Brothers and Universal. Fox and Paramount are apparently still not onboard. However, YouTube should now at least be able to expand its catalog beyond niche and old movies and television shows.

YouTube is expected officially announce the expansion of its video-on-demand service within a couple of weeks. Exactly how much of a competition it is able to offer to iTunes and Netflix will depend on multiple factors, including the success of Google TV, and Android tablets. If Google can make the process of purchasing and viewing content from different devices seamless, then YouTube rentals might just manage to become a household name like Netflix and iTunes in the near future.

Fear Not Google Video Users, Just Migrate to YouTube

May 13th is the deadline for Google Videos and the service will be pulled off after that. Google had also made it clear that it will end all playback services of videos from April 29th which will mark the first phase of the shutdown. Though now, Google is taking a more lenient step and has issued fresh statements.


Today, Google has reassured all users about the content on Google Videos, promising that the videos can be moved safely to YouTube. However, users can still very much access those videos from the same Google Videos URL. Yes, you read correct. Google Videos is not shutting down completely, and videos will still be accessible.

Google has issued a statement on this whole migration process saying,

Google Video users can rest assured that they won’t be losing any of their content and we are eliminating the April 29 deadline. We will be working to automatically migrate your Google Videos to YouTube. In the meantime, your videos hosted on Google Video will remain accessible on the web and existing links to Google Videos will remain accessible. If you want to migrate to YouTube now, here’s how you do it:
We’ve created an Upload Videos to YouTubeoption on the Google Video status page. To do this, you’ll need to have a YouTube account associated with your Google Video account (you can create one here). Before doing this you should read YouTube’s Terms of Use and Copyright Policies. If you choose this option, we’ll do our best to ensure your existing Google Video links continue to function.

Alternatively, the videos are also available for download. This move earns Google some love from Google video users as Google respects video content people have created over years. The extended migration to YouTube will save people from crumbling under bandwidth limits from ISPs.

YouTube Transcodes All new Videos to WebM Format, Re-Encodes Existing Ones

YouTube has already worked on transcoding all videos with the highest views on YouTube to the WebM format. This transcoding covers nearly 30% of all YouTube videos and makes up for 99% of the total views on YouTube. As a rule, YouTube will now transcode all uploaded videos to WebM format too, thereby making the web more open when it comes to video content.

WebM is an open media file format for video and audio on the web. Its openness allows anyone to improve the format and its integrations, resulting in a better experience for you in the long-term.

The entire video catalog of YouTube is massive, given the fact that YouTube adds nearly six years’ worth viewing time of videos every day. The announcement post also boasts of a new processing infrastructure that effectively manages the load between existing YouTube videos and new user uploads, for transcoding and re-encoding to WebM. This ensures a fail-proof method of encoding all new videos, and updating existing videos in the background as well.

Apart from webM, Google also promises to continue supporting the H.264 encoding for videos. Additionally, it has expressed its wish to develop an HTML5 video player as well. You can opt-in for the HTML5 video player here.

This is a big step for YouTube as it tries to unify all its videos into a single codec. Now that Google videos is shutting down, YouTube can be Google’s focus for video content.



YouTube To Live Stream Royal Wedding

Many people will be excited (and disgusted too) about the Royal Wedding between Britain’s Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton to be held on Friday, April 29, 2011.

Prince William and Kate Middleton Royal Wedding

The wedding ceremony has taken people from Britain and also the rest of the world by storm. However, the invite list for the wedding is too small and the Royal family cannot fit in everyone for the wedding.

If you are disappointed by that fact, here is something to cheer you up. has announced that they will be partnering with the Royal Family to bring the Royal Wedding live to the masses with a live stream. The entire Royal Wedding ceremony will be live streamed on the Royal Channel at

The live stream will begin at 10:00am BST (9:00am GMT, 2:00am PT, 5:00am ET) on Friday, April 29, and will follow the wedding procession, marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey and balcony kiss. Alongside the live stream, The Royal Channel will also feature live blog commentary of the event to give timely updates and insights as the day unfolds. For those of you in different time zones, the footage will be reshown in its entirety directly following the event and will be available in full on the site to view afterward.

So if   you are eager to catch up the Royal Wedding, but can’t attend in person, head over to a computer to watch it live. You can also post congratulatory messages and well wishes to the Royal couple through a video guest book on the Royal Channel.

(Image under Creative Commons License from @UK_Response on )

Google Video Playback Shutting Down on April 29; Download Videos Till May 13

Google started out Google Video with the intent of getting into the video business. However, they bought out for more than a billion and everything changed for good.

Google Videos Logo

Today, YouTube accounts for a good chunk of Google revenues and attracts more than 2 billion video views per day. Now, that YouTube is Google’s main video business, Google Video is definitely not something they would want to continue developing. And that is exactly what Google thought too, because they will be shutting down Google Video on May 13, 2011.

In an email sent out to Google Video users, Google has detailed their intention, read the entire email below.

Dear Google Video User,

Later this month, hosted video content on Google Video will no longer be available for playback. Google Video stopped taking uploads in May 2009 and now we’re removing the remaining hosted content. We’ve always maintained that the strength of Google Video is its ability to let people search videos from across the web, regardless of where those videos are hosted. And this move will enable us to focus on developing these technologies further to the benefit of searchers worldwide.

On April 29, 2011, videos that have been uploaded to Google Video will no longer be available for playback. We’ve added a Download button to the video status page, so you can download any video content you want to save. If you don’t want to download your content, you don’t need to do anything. (The Download feature will be disabled after May 13, 2011.)

We encourage you to move to your content to YouTube if you haven’t done so already. YouTube offers many video hosting options including the ability to share your videos privately or in an unlisted manner. To learn more go here.

Here’s how to download your videos:

  1. Go to the Video Status page.
  2. To download a video to your computer, click the Download Video link located on the right side of each of your videos in the Actions column.

Once a video has been downloaded, Already Downloadedwill appear next to the Download Video link.

If you have many videos on Google Video, you may need to use the paging controls located on the bottom right of the page to access them all.

Please note: This download option will be available through May 13, 2011.

Thank you for being a Google Video user.


The Google Video Team

Google will basically stop playback for hosted content on April 29, 2011. However, you can still download the videos you uploaded till May 13, 2011. Google Video will not completely shut down and will continue to focus on being a video search engine for all the videos hosted on the Internet, including those from YouTube too.

So if you have uploaded any videos to Google Videos, go ahead and download them and move them to another video service like YouTube.

Indiatimes, YouTube To Jointly Live Stream IPL 4 Matches

The IPL 4 kicked off last Friday and several matches of the tournament are already over. Unlike IPL 3 which was broadcasted live on YouTube, the IPL 4 2011 live broadcasting rights were with Times Group.

IPL 4 2011

However, less than one week into the tournament and Google and Indiatimes have both come up with an agreement where the IPL 4 2011 matches will be broadcast on too.

YouTube will broadcast all the IPL 4 2011 matches live online at Users can also catch up with match highlights and other videos on the website. Alternatively, users can also watch the IPL 4 2011 matches live online at

If you aren’t able to watch the matches on either of the above pages, you can check an earlier post to find alternative links to Watch IPL 4 2011 Live Online.

YouTube to Get Original Programs with $100 Million Backing From Google

Google has planned to create twenty original channels on YouTube with a budget of $100 million. This is probably the biggest overhaul to YouTube. With a lucrative advertising system already in place, this plan will generate some serious revenue, as original content is always welcome. The programs showcased by YouTube will be exclusive online and will be optimized for the web.
It is not clear until now whether Google will create the content of those videos as well. Google might visit some Hollywood production houses, now that it has already talked to talent agencies. Clearly, Google has big plans for YouTube here. With Google TV and other Internet capable set-top boxes in place, something big is in store and more of it will be announced soon.

Television broadcasting has always been a monopoly of cable services original shown on YouTube will change this scenario. This leaves scope for picking up programs that were originally abandoned on cable television. Additionally, Google will help bring more artists into business with its programs.

For a company that understands content and the web so well, these channels and their programs will take off quite well. This opens a new door of opportunities for Google, which will also allow it to focus and experiment more with original video-content.