U2 concert to be available live on YouTube


I’m feeling quite music-ky today so here’s another news from the music industry which is still tech-related. 😉

While Adam Lambert’s camp is doing their best to keep the leaked single off YouTube and the rest of the Web, Irish rock superstars U2 announced that their much-anticipated concert will be streamed lived on video-sharing Web site.

The concert, which will take place on Sunday, will be held at Pasadena Rose Bowl in California.

“The band has wanted to do something like this for a long time,”  Paul McGuinness, U2’s manager, said in a statement on the band’s website. “Fans often travel long distances to come to see U2 — this time U2 can go to them, globally.” (He sure got that one right J )

The concert will be available for fans in Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain and the United States. It can be accessed on the U2’s channel at YouTube.

Chris Maxcy, director of YouTube partner development, shared just how happy they are.

“YouTube is thrilled to be able to provide our global audience with a live streaming performance from one of the world’s greatest bands,” he wrote in a blog post.

Well, YouTube isn’t the only one that’s thrilled about this, I’m pretty certain of that. 🙂

Source: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/afp/20091019/tc_afp/entertainmentmusicinternetu2youtube

YouTube celebrates one billion views a day

Credit: YouTube

In the third anniversary of its acquisition by Google, YouTube’s CEO announced that it has been streaming a billion videos a day.

“Today, I’m proud to say that we have been serving well over a billion views a day on YouTube. This is great moment in our short history and we owe it all to you,” CEO and co-founder Chad Hurley wrote in the blog.

Hurley also talked about the site’s evolution, from just a site catering to short, armature home videos done by people for fun, to the longer, better-quality videos and even earning profit for videos posted.

“Three years after the acquisition, our platform and our business continue to grow and evolve. We are still committed to the same principles that informed the site early on, but we knows things have changed. As bandwidth has increased, so has our video quality. As we’ve started to see demand for longer, full-length content, we’ve brought more shows and movies to the site. There are now more ways than ever to make and consume content, and more of you are looking to turn your hobby into a real business.”

Aware of the all the competition they have, Hurley also assured its users that they have their hands full in keeping up with the demand for better consumer experience.

“We’re working hard to keep up with the fast pace of technology to bring you everything you would expect from the world’s largest video site: better quality; a full spectrum of choices and tools for users, partners and advertisers; and ways to make the YouTube experience your own anywhere, anytime,” he wrote.

Source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/173413/youtube_says_it_streams_1_billion_vids_a_day.html

YouTube is spreading their wealth

Amateur videos never earned in the video posting site before. Even if your video has reached millions of views, YouTube wouldn’t even consider sharing a cent with you.

All that’s changed now that they’ve extended their YouTube Partnership Program. In a their blog, the company says that it’s time to “recognize the role popular one-off videos play on YouTube, and have helped many people earn thousands of dollars a month as their videos went viral and endured over time.”

The YouTube Partnership Program before was offered only to popular users who regularly produce videos that reach a wide audience. The newly extended program now allows individual users to get a chance of earning too, based on the number of views the video has generated as well as its compliance with the site’s terms of service.

Once YouTube decides that your video is eligible, they will notify you through an email. The site then will create revenue for you by selling advertising against your video. Your earnings will be paid into your Google AdSense account each month.

Unfortunately, this option is available for users in the U.S. for now. Don’t worry too much though, because YouTube says they’re hoping to have this feature internationally too.

Source: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090826/tc_pcworld/youtubetoshareadrevenuewithusers

Dancing wedding couple gains millions of YouTube viewers

If you want your wedding day to be remembered by your family, friends, guests and er…millions of people across the globe, take a hint from this Minnesota couple whose wedding video racked up 8 million views on YouTube as of this writing.

The dance sequence opening the wedding ceremony of Kevin Heinz and Jill Peterson in St. Paul Minnesota went up just less than a week ago but already has 8,003,209 views (and still counting), around forty-one thousand ratings and forty thousand comments.

The five-minute video is starred by their dancing ushers, bridesmaids, groomsmen and the bride and groom! The song “Forever” by Chris Brown was played and the whole entourage danced their way down the aisle, surprising every guest gathered in the church. The groom even performed a somersault on his way to the altar!

The couple, interviewed by NBC’s Today Show, revealed that their parents were the only guests that were in on the idea.

The new bride said she has always “loved dance as a way to express yourself and share joy” and it was something she had always thought of doing.

What did the groom have to say? “I’m just glad I didn’t hurt myself,” Heinz said of his somersault.

Have I made you curious enough?

Here’s the link to this YouTube hit:  http://youtube.com/watch?v=4-94JhLEiN0

Source: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/afp/20090726/tc_afp/ussocietymarriageinternetoffbeat

Warner Music Group and YouTube still in negotiations

Warner Music Group isn’t ready to renew their deal with YouTube as they are still in negotiations to license its artist’s music videos in the video sharing site.

Their major rivals have already renewed their deal earlier. EMI Music, the smallest of the four, has renewed its deal with YouTube in February after Sony Music Entertainment and ahead of Vivendi’s Universal Music Group, as Reuters reports.

Because both sides were unable to agree on financial terms for the licensing rights, videos from Madonna and Green Day (Warner artists) were pulled off YouTube last December. A source says that while talks are still ongoing, an announcement cannot be expected in the next few weeks.

Oh well, better hurry up you guys. People here need their daily dose of Madonna. 😉



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