Times of India — Video streaming service YouTube has rolled out a new feature. Dubbed ‘Smart Offline,’ the feature lets users download videos at cheaper night time data rates offered by mobile operators in India. “Today, we are beginning to roll out a feature called Smart Offline on YouTube that lets you take advantage of the cheaper data rates as offered by your mobile operator, without requiring you to stay up late at night,” Google wrote on its India blog.
ZDNet — In tech savvy South Korea, YouTube currently reigns supreme, but Naver Corporation, the sprawling conglomerate behind the country’s largest search portal and chat app Line in Japan, vowed to challenge YouTube’s video streaming dominance in 2016. Naver executives took the stage at the Naver Connect 2015 conference last Tuesday to deliver a message best summed up by two keywords: “live” and “mobile”.
Business Korea — Naver and Daum Kakao are actively seeking to take back the local Internet service market of online video services, taxi services, and SNS from foreign companies. In particular, they have appeared to strengthen their position in the online video market by narrowing the gap with their rival YouTube. According to industry sources on Aug. 10, Korean portal operators are targeting the local market by releasing services to curb the dominance of foreign Internet giants like Google.
It has been 10 years since YouTube was founded and it is undeniable that it has unleashed a new generation of content creation. And by every measure it is still growing, in viewer numbers, watching time, and video uploads, worldwide and in Thailand. YouTube Thailand marked its first anniversary last Tuesday by organising “YouTube Pulse” to celebrate its success and share some tips from top content creators and brand builders. “Hormones”, a drama of daily life at a Bangkok high school that has become the most talked-about programme on Thai television, was raised as a YouTube case study.
BENGALURU: Social networking giant Facebook is making an aggressive bid to lure video creators, actors and top artists in India, striking exclusive deals to have first dibs at video content. The company, which is trying to edge out other services as the go-to destination for videos, has already taken the battle to YouTube in other key markets like the US, and India is its new battlefront. The social network has been offering free advertising credits to content creators in exchange for exclusivity, sources said. It asks for 48-72 hour exclusivity before it is uploaded on other platforms like YouTube.
NEW DELHI: Google is considering setting up a caching, or mirror, server in India which will enable the Internet major to throw up search results quicker and YouTube videos to load faster in the country which is going through a data explosion, thanks to surging smartphone sales. The US search giant has had initial discussions with fibre manufacturer Sterlite Technologies to co-locate the servers wherever the Indian company’s fibre network is being created, Anand Agarwal, chief executive of the Vedanta Group company, told ET.
The Malaysian government is on a roll. Three months back, it mulled over the possibility of banning Facebook locally, following 2,000 reports of abuse made in the country. That didn’t sit well with Malaysians at all. Now, the Malay Mail Online reports that authorities are looking into setting up a firewall on a number of websites including YouTube.
BEIJING: China today presented its best face at APEC summit by lifting ban on social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter for the first time and even allowing web search of the Dalai Lama at the conference venue. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum media centre has allowed reporters to access social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and video-sharing website YouTube. Access to such sites is essentially restricted by the Chinese government elsewhere in the country.
NEW DELHI, Sept 15 — YouTube users in India will soon be able to save videos from the Google-owned service, making it possible to watch them offline, and the feature will eventually be available globally, the company said today. The feature will be available through the YouTube app on Google’s new US$105 (RM339)-Android One smartphones unveiled in New Delhi today. “YouTube will be available offline soon, starting with India,” Google India communications manager Gaurav Bhaskar told AFP.
Today, Google finally launched a Thai version of YouTube under a new local domain: YouTube.co.th. According to Tom Pickett, YouTube’s VP of content, this launch is long overdue as the numbers of YouTube viewers in Thailand is very high. There are over hundred of hours of content uploaded to YouTube every minute globally. 40 percent come from mobile. Asia leads in term of viewers, while one third of Thai viewers come from mobile devices.