TechCrunch: The $999 SlingStudio makes it easy to produce multi-camera Facebook Live and YouTube streams. “Sling Media, the Dish subsidiary you probably know for its Slingbox and Sling TV service, is announcing its SlingStudio hardware today. With this, Sling Media is entering a completely new market because unlike its previous offerings, which targeted consumers, the $999 SlingStudio is meant for video creators who want to produce live video streams for Facebook Live or YouTube.”
Gizmodo: YouTube Makes 12 Million Videos Accessible in Restricted Mode. “In March, LGBT YouTube creators criticized Google for hiding some of their videos in ‘Restricted Mode,’ which filters potentially ‘mature’ content. After initially downplaying the extent of the problem, Google issued a non-apology, then a slightly more apologetic non-apology, and finally posted a fuller actual apology on its blog. In that post, Google acknowledged ‘this feature isn’t working the way it should’ and promised it was ‘going to fix’ the issue.”
TechCrunch: Streamers flock to YouTube Live, but the money (and crowd) is still at Twitch. “YouTube Live is making impressive strides in catching up to incumbent Twitch, but it has a long way to go yet. On the bright side, it doesn’t look like they’ll run out of road: Streaming looks to be a fairly sustainable business, suggest stats from Streamlabs’ latest report.”
TechCrunch: You can now live stream to YouTube from your phone if you have at least 1,000 subscribers. “Back in February, YouTube gave people the ability to live stream directly to their channel from their phones… with one catch: it was only open to folks with 10,000 subscribers or more. If you’ve been dying to hop on the live streaming train but haven’t hit that 10k mark yet, good news: they’ve dropped the requirement to 1,000 subscribers as opposed to 10,000. It’s still not open to everyone, but that’s a considerably smaller hurdle.”
New York Times: How YouTube’s Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media. “Since its 2005 debut with the slogan “Broadcast Yourself,” YouTube has positioned itself as a place where any people with camera phones can make a career of their creativity and thrive free of the grip of corporate media gatekeepers. But in order to share in the advertising wealth a user base of more than a billion can provide, independent producers like Mr. Pakman must satisfy the demands of YouTube’s unfeeling, opaque and shifting algorithms.” Didn’t see anything about shifting Google algorithms, which can be equally devastating and have been going on for longer.
Bloomberg Quint: Google’s Ad Rivals Leap at Chance to Seize Dollars After YouTube Controversy. “Weeks after scores of advertisers boycotted YouTube, Google is still trying to mitigate the damage. Meanwhile, long-struggling competitors in the digital ad market are seizing the moment. MediaMath Inc., a New York-based seller of software for automated online ad buying, is introducing a new service to ensure that ads only run alongside hand-picked, ‘high quality’ content. The ‘curated market’ offering comes amid concern over some big brand ads appearing against racist, violent and offensive YouTube videos. ”
LA Times: YouTube’s new TV service gives it a big chance to reinvent the 30-second commercial. “YouTube says its new streaming service marries the convenience of online video with the star power of broadcast and cable TV. That applies to not just shows, but also the ads.”