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Today is the last day to get your free week of YouTubeTV



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If you are a YouTubeTV user then you likely recall that the service was down for a week last month. In fact, I doubt any of you forgot, you may have been among angry, frustrated customers calling.

Well, recently YouTube had heard enough complaints and announced that it would offer a one week credit to each customer who applies. There is a catch, you have to sign up to get this credit.

We’re unsure exactly how much that will be since there are different pricing tiers, but you should see somewhere between $8-$10 in credit on your account.

In order to apply, you need to visit here.


YouTube Introduces the Copyright Match Tool



YouTube has introduced a new way for copyright owners to protect their work. It is called the Copyright Match Tool. It is designed to find re-uploads of your content on other channels.

Here’s how it works: after you upload a video, YouTube will scan other videos uploaded to YouTube to see if any of them are the same or very similar. When there is a match, it will appear in the “matches” tab in the tool and you can decide what to do next.

YouTube says they have been testing the Copyright Match Tool with creators for nearly a year to make it safe and effective for the whole community.

Here is what you need to know about how the Copyright Match Tool:

  • It is important that you’re the first person to upload your video to YouTube. The time of the upload is how YouTube determines who should be shown matches.
  • This tool is intended to find full re-uploads. If you find a clip of your content that you’d like removed, you can always report it via the copyright webform.
  • Once the tool has found a match, you can chose either to do nothing, to get in touch with the other creator, or request that YouTube remove the video. When you request removal you can do so with or without a 7-day delay to allow the uploader to correct the issue themselves. Takedown requests will be reviewed to make sure they comply with YouTube’s copyright policies.
  • Before taking action, YouTube asks that you carefully evaluate each match to confirm that you own the rights to the matched content and ensure that you believe it infringes on your copyright. YouTube says you should not file a copyright takedown request for content that you do not own exclusively, such as public domain content.
  • YouTube also says you should consider whether the matched content could be considered fair use or could be subject to some other exceptions to copyright and hence not require permission for reuse.

According to YouTube, the Copyright Match Tool is not Content ID. It says the Copyright Match Tool “does use similar technology used by Content ID, but the Copyright Match Tool is a unique tool designed especially for YouTube creators who have problems with unauthorized re-uploads.”

YouTube will start rolling out the Copyright Match Tool next week to creators with more than 100k subscribers. They are intending to monitor usage closely. YouTube will expand the Copyright Match Tool “over the next coming months” with the long-term goal of making it available to every creator in the YouTube Partner program.

I can see the potential for the Copyright Match Tool to help creators. But, I can also have some concerns.

If some steals your content from somewhere outside of YouTube, and posts it to YouTube before you can, it appears YouTube will consider the thief to be the rightful owner of the content instead of the actual creator.


YouTube Changed Partner Program Eligibility Requirements



YouTube has made changes to its YouTube Partner Program (YPP) that it feels will better protect creators. The change in eligibility requirements for the YouTube Partner Program makes it much harder for creators with smaller fan bases to continue making money on YouTube.

In a Creator Blog post, YouTube explains that the changes were being made so they can “prevent bad actors from harming the inspiring and original creators around the world who make their living on YouTube.”

At a glance, this sounds like a reasonable thing to do. We’ve all heard about some “bad actors” who have become notorious after creating videos with despicable content. YouTube also has had problems with videos aimed at kids that included content that was not appropriate for children. Nobody wants those kinds of videos to be on YouTube.

In April of 2017, YouTube set a YouTube Partner Program eligibility requirement of 10,000 lifetime views. As of January 16, 2018, YouTube changed that requirement:

Starting today we’re changing the eligibility requirement for monetization to 4,000 hours of watchtime in the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. We’ve arrived at these new thresholds after thorough analysis and conversations with creators like you….

…On February 20th, 2017, we’ll also implement this threshold across existing channels on the platform, to allow for a 30 day grace period. On that date, channels with fewer than 1,000 subs or 4,000 watch hours will no longer be able to earn money on YouTube. When they reach 1,000 subs and 4,000 watch hours they will be automatically re-evaluated under strict criteria to ensure they comply with our policies. New channels will need to apply and their application will be evaluated when they hit these milestones.

New creators, and smaller creators, might not have 1,000 subscribers.They may struggle to get 4,000 hours of watchtime over the past 12 months – and to keep meeting that goal. It would have been better if YouTube could have found a way to get rid of “bad actors” without punishing creators who were following the rules.


YouTube Introduces YouTube TV



YouTube announced that they are bringing the best of the YouTube experience to live TV. This comes after consumers told YouTube that they want TV to be more like YouTube.

YouTube TV is designed for those who want to watch what they want, when they want, how they want, and without commitments. This might be something good for people who don’t want to pay for a Cable subscription plan.

YouTube TV offers live TV streaming from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, regional sports networks, and dozens of popular cable networks. This includes shows like “Empire”, “The Voice”, “The Big Bang Theory” and “Scandal”.

YouTube TV includes major sports networks like ESPN and regional sports networks like Fox Sports Networks and Comcast SportsNet. This will enable users to watch their favorite local NBA or MLB teams on YouTube TV.

It also offers dozens of cable channels. The announcement mentioned MSNBC, Fox News, USA, FX, Disney Channel, Sprout, E!, and Bravo. You can add Showtime, or Fox Soccer Plus for an additional charge.

YouTube TV offers a cloud DVR with no storage limits. You can record as many live TV shows as you want, and never run out of storage. Your cloud DVR can record shows simultaneously without using data or space on your phone, and YouTube will store each of your recordings for nine months.

You can watch YouTube TV on any screen – mobile, tablet, or computer – and stream to your TV with a Google Chromecast or Chromecast built-in TV. YouTube TV works on both Android and iOS, and your cloud DVR goes with you so you can stream your recordings on any device.

With a YouTube TV membership, you can watch all YouTube Red Original series and movies right on the new YouTube TV app. Every YouTube TV membership comes with six accounts, each with it’s own unique recommendations and personal DVR with no storage limits. You can watch up to three concurrent streams at a time.

As you might expect, YouTube TV is not free. A YouTube TV membership is $35 a month. There are no commitments and you can cancel any time. The service is being rolled out. Visit tv.youtube.com to find out when it will launch in your market.


YouTube is Adding Four Original Series for Kids



YouTube announced that their Original Content team, under Susan Daniels, is adding four new Original series to YouTube Red. The new series are created with the YouTube Kids app in mind. These four new series will debut in the spring. Additional shows are in development and will premier throughout 2017.

The new series will feature DanTDM, Joe and Cody of TheAtlanticCraft, popular tween music act L2M, and Fruit Ninja. This is the first time YouTube Red has invested in creators who are producing original programming for family audiences.

Hyperlinked – This series is inspired by a true story. It stars music sensation L2M. It follows five girls as they come together to create their own website by girls for girls. They also have to navigate everyday tween issues involving friends and relationships.

DanTDM Creates A Big Scene – DanTDM and his lively group of animated friends battle mayhem and misadventure to keep their brand new live show on the road. Each episode follows their behind-the-scenes exploits as they learn new skills, overcome challenges, and find that putting on an epic show isn’t as easy as it looks.

The Kings of Atlantis – This is an epic animated series that follows two young monarchs – Cody and Joe- in the vast underwater city of Atlantis as they seek to overthrow the brutal usurper of their kingdom, reclaim their birthright, and protect their people from his cruel reign.

Fruit Ninja: Frenzy Force – Four Fruit Ninjas set up a juice stand as a front for the messiest secret service in the world. The new Fruit Ninja characters – Seb, Niya, Peng, and Ralph – come together to fight the evil forces of Durian Grey and Deep Fried Samauri.

YouTube Kids is also coming soon to Smart TVs. The YouTube Kids app will be available soon for download on a number of internet-connected LG and Samsung Smart TVs.


Todd’s New YouTube Channel



Many of you have been following me for many years with my Podcast. As I have announced on my show and on Social Media, I have been experimenting with a new personal YouTube channel that I am posting exclusive content on. It’s not going to be a daily Vlog but a periodic look at things behind the scenes that I may not share otherwise.

I have been putting my gear kit together, which will double for my new interview rig at the upcoming CES show in Las Vegas. This year I will not be doing a dedicated live show instead their will be live from select booths, and a live daily wrap up show as I have in the past. I go into that in detail on the new YouTube channel.

Also new this year to CES. I will be bringing back my behind the scenes of what it takes to cover the show, and will give you the trials and tribulations of covering the show. This year my CES experience will be a throw back to the way I used to cover the show. So please Subscribe.

The best part, I am only going to cover what I want to cover and will not have to deal with the PR folks as much. Which will get me back to my roots and plus save me $25k by not paying for the broadcast studio.  Please take a moment and subscribe to the channel meanwhile here are a few videos to wet your appetite


skreens HDMI Video Mixing Box at 2016 CES



betterWebHeroScott Ertz interviews Marc Todd about the Skreens HDMI video mixing box.

The concept of the skreens video mixing box is that it takes multiple HDMI sources such as an X-Box, Roku, Apple TV, etc. and mixes it in user-configurable windows on a single large screen via HDMI. The individual video screen input sizes are controlled in real-time via iPad and Android tablet apps. The skreens box will be coming in two versions, a 2 HDMI port version, and a Pro version with 4 HDMI ports. Both versions have an integrated web browser.

The 4 HDMI port skreens Pro box is also capable of streaming the mixed 1080p video live to Twitch or YouTube.

Both models of the skreens boxes should be available in the second half of 2016. Final pricing has yet to be set.

You can sign up for product updates at the skreens.com website.

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