Youtube Leanback: Youtube For Google TV

TV sets  equipped with Google TV  will soon be available. One of the things which has everybody guessing is how Google plans leverage the power of Youtube to lure users to  Google TV, or rather how online video will finally converge with network programming on your TV.

With Youtube Leanback, you can finally have a glimpse of the future. It is available for both, Youtube Users and Google TV users. You can also try it out on your browser at http://www.youtube.com/leanback

It has a nice interface which can easily be controlled with a TV remote. You can either search for videos or view your personalized feed of videos. It also allows you to view sections like “Best of Youtube”, Comedy, Entertainment, Film and Animation, Gaming, Music, News, Technology, Sports etc.

It also supports Ads now; so expect Google’s next quarter to be even better.

Youtube Leanback

Just lean back on your couch, and try out Youtube Leanback. It’s good.

Facebook Dethrones Yahoo To Become 2nd Largest Video Content Property in US

is now the second largest site in the United States after dethroning Yahoo from the second position according to a comScore Report.

comScore released a new report for August 2010 where Facebook.com secured second place in the online video content ranking with 59 million viewers. Google backed is still the leading video property on the Internet with 146 million US viewers. Yahoo related sites ranked third with 53.9 million viewers followed by VEVO and Fox Interactive Media.

As for Video Ads, Hulu took the top spot with 790 million followed by BrighRoll Video Network. Microsoft was placed fourth before Google.

Another interesting note from the report was that 85.1 percent of US internet audience have watched a online video with an average of 4.8 minutes being spent on online video.

At the current standings, YouTube is still by far the largest video content property and will continue to remain one. Also it was not very clear how much percentage of YouTube video views came from Facebook itself, since Facebook also allows users to embed YouTube videos as updates.

For more details on the August 2010 report from comScore, visit this link.

YouTube Begins Testing Live Streaming Platform For Channels

As a video serving website YouTube took its time to bring Live Streaming capabilities. Being a web service to share videos YouTube grew rapidly due to the ease of use and the Internet’s viral behavior.

Having tried out live streaming with a few major events recently, YouTube has now unveiled plans to integrate live streaming into YouTube channels. They’ve begun testing their new Live Streaming platform with select partners streaming content.

YouTube has added ability to have live comments to increase user interaction and participation during live events. The Live Streaming trial is for two days September 13 and 14. Following is the schedule:

"YouTube Instant" Lands Stanford Student Job at YouTube on Twitter

Just a day after was released, a Stanford Graduate created something called as YouTube Instant which allowed for instant search and play of videos.

YouTube Instant Job Offer

The service which can be seen at http://feross.net/instant/ works pretty well and has apparently impressed the YouTube CEO who offered the Stanford student a job with YouTube. The entire conversation happened on and goes like this.

@Chad_Hurley, the YouTube CEO first tweeted:

Hey @FreeTheFeross! Loving YouTube Instant…http://feross.net/instant/ Want a job? ;)

To which Feross replied:

Hey @Chad_Hurley. Glad you liked YouTube Instant! Is that a for-real job offer? ;)

This prompted another reply from Chad, which read:

@FreeTheFeross Are you ready to leave school? :) I’ll send you a DM.

There was no response from Feross after this, however, it looks like they took their conversation private to direct messaging. This is definitely an interesting incident on how Twitter or social media can be used to spot talent and make job offers. So who is on the hiring list next?

(Source: Venture Beat / Techmeme)

Watch ‘Life In a Day’ Videos on YouTube

On July 2010, YouTube launched a global experiment called “Life in a day” where users around the globe were requested to shoot a small clip from their day to day life and submit it to YouTube. If the clip is selected from the submissions, it would be featured in a movie directed by Kevin Macdonald and Riddley Scott.

You can now watch some of the “Life in a day” videos on the official Life in a day YouTube channel.

Note: YouTube is no longer accepting submissions to the Life in a day project as the last date of submission has passed since July 24, 2010.

The channel consists of a spinning globe which again is made up of thumbnails of selected clips submitted to the Life in a day project. Just click through any video thumbnail and you can watch a video clip selected in Life in a day project.  Rotating the globe is also very easy, just click anywhere outside the globe and drag your mouse in any horizontal direction. The globe starts spinning, you can pause the globe, watch another video and move on – it’s really fun playing with the flash interface.

There is also a nice heatmap which shows the amount of videos uploaded by users from different countries. The heatmap is divided into different sections, countries shown in red sent maximum uploads while countries shown in lighter colors sent fewer clips.

Videos are also categorized with tags, you can browse through different moods e.g loving, eating, funny, family and so on. Meanwhile, here is the official Life in a day trailer video which is a must watch

Kevin and his team is uploading more and more videos in the Life in a day gallery every moment, so you can check back soon for more footage.

Thanks Sanjeev

Watch Full Length Hollywood and Bollywood Movies on YouTube

The online video giant YouTube has expanded its “Movies” section, which was launched last year for US residents. Google already has agreements with Crackle, CBS, MGM and Lionsgate to provide full length content to US viewers. It has now tied up with Blinkbox, which is providing about 165 feature films for UK viewers.

YouTube-Movies

As one might expect, most of the films being offered are obscure and dated. Nevertheless, there are quite a few classics including Jackie Chan and Hitchcock movies, as well as some decent horror movies. Bollywood fans will also be pleased to find legendary movies like Pukar, Bawarchi and Padosan.

YouTube is the undisputed leader in the online video segment and enjoys a massive number of visits per day. However, most of these visitors tend to surf for a few minutes and then move on. Engagement is one of the factors that Google has been trying to improve upon. This is obviously a step in that direction as full length movie and television show streams are the logical next step for YouTube.

Skip Ads on YouTube by Refreshing the Page

Online video sites like and Hulu are a rage, however, they also come with an annoyance where you have to wait for several seconds or minutes while an advertisement plays before you can actually watch the video.

YouTube Logo

However, there is a workaround which will allow you to skip an advertisement or commercial on YouTube by refreshing the page. To skip ads on YouTube, just refresh the video page you are on and the video will automatically start playing, this will save you a good 20-25 seconds on a faster connection.

The good news is that YouTube will be introducing a feature where they will allow users to skip ads using a button in near future. Till then the F5 button is your friend.

(h/t: LH)

Rumor: YouTube to Increase Video Duration to 15 Minutes

YouTubeAlthough, select partners have long been able to upload lengthy videos on YouTube, most uploaders have had to contend with 10 minute clips. BoingBoing is now reporting that YouTube is preparing to increase the maximum duration of uploaded content to 15 minutes.

Earlier, Google had revealed that although YouTube was serving 2 billion views per day, an average user spent only 15 minutes per day on YouTube. One of the biggest challenges for YouTube is to increase its engagement factor. It’s a great venue for some quick-fire entertainment, but it lacks the compelling programming offered by traditional television channels. The increased video duration will offer more leeway to content creators to come up with content that will hopefully be more attractive to folks looking for something more substantial than David After Dentist.

Update: It’s official. Google has just confirmed the news through the official YouTube blog.

YouTube Adds HTML 5 Embedding of Videos

Here is some good news for YouTube fanboys, now you can embed YouTube videos using the new HTML5 embed code. The YouTube api blog recently announced that the team is experimenting with a new embed code that uses the iframe tag to switch between the flash and HTML5 interface.

YouTube added support for HTML5 earlier this year, followed by another popular video sharing site – Vimeo. The HTML5 video playback was limited to only a few browsers e.g Google Chrome, Safari and users were not given any embed code for the uploaded videos.

With the new iframe tag embedded in your website, the code will automatically detect whether you are using a browser that supports HTML5 or not.

The iframe code for embedding YouTube videos is as follows, simply copy the Video ID and replace in the code below:

<iframe type=”text/html” width=”640″ height=”385″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/VIDEO_ID” frameborder=”0″>
</iframe>

Here is an example video embedded using the new HTML5 embed code:

Users will be able to view the embedded video in both Flash and HTML5 players, this depends on their viewing environment and browser preferences. You can find a complete list of HTML5 video players at this page

Please note that those videos which contain inline advertisements will be shown using Flash because HTML5 can not play the videos containing advertisements. The advantage of the new HTML5 embed code is that it will allow embed codes to work on various mobile devices, which use a built in player instead of either Flash or HTML5.

The new embed code is just a testing feature, more improvements are on the way. [ via YouTube API blog ]

Play Snake on any YouTube Video

I did not believe it when I first heard of it either. The MIND = BLOWNpart is usually thrown in for suckers by trolls. Well, this time it was not a troll, and the easter egg was for real.

As neoconnor1111 says in his video‘s description, YouTube has a wierd [sic] secret. If you press and hold the left arrow key while playing a YouTube video, a small overlay pops up. What is this overlay? A game of Snake. It seems Google does like its retro gaming a lot.

snakeonyoutube

This works on any video (obviously), and the best part is that you can keep playing the game while the video is being buffered (and played) in the background.

I believe this is where Buffering Boredom has met its match.