After a much-hyped launch and a somewhat muted response from potential customers, Quibi has now posted three full episodes of three of its original “movies in chapters” on YouTube. It’s a classic strategy: give audiences a taste of your product for free, and hope they like it enough to pay for more. Check out the first episodes of Most Dangerous Game (starring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz), The Stranger (starring Maika Monroe and Dane DeHaan), and Dummy (starring Anna Kendrick) below.
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Despite the vast majority of the world’s population being stuck inside with nothing to do but binge-watch for the foreseeable future, even streaming services are getting hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. YouTube is limiting the video quality of its video streams worldwide for the next month, while Netflix, Hulu, and Roku are all scaling back customer service support.
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Have you ever emerged bleary-eyed after going down a YouTube rabbit hole, looked up at the clock, and wondered, “How much time did I just spend watching all of those videos?” Now YouTube is rolling out a new tool that will make it easy for you to answer that question. But prepare yourselves, because you may not like what you discover. Read More »
Robert Downey Jr. knows all about artificial intelligence. Okay, fine – he’s spent the last decade playing a character who does. Now the once and future Iron Man will have a chance to learn about A.I. up close and personal, because he’ll be serving as the host of a new YouTube documentary series devoted to that topic. Learn more about the new Robert Downey Jr YouTube show below.
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The cable companies should be scared because the cut the cord movement is just beginning. Joining the fray of cord-cutting options in YouTubeTV, a streaming television service in the same vein as Dish Network’s Sling TV, Sony’s PlayStation Vue, AT&T’s DirecTV Now and Hulu’s upcoming live-tv service. But what will YouTubeTV bring to the mix that none of the others are? Let’s find out.
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Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Ten years ago, the sentence “YouTube star to get Netflix series” would have been literally incomprehensible. YouTube was barely a year old, and Netflix was still a DVD-by-mail service. But in the year 2016, it feels like an inevitability. Of course it was only a matter of time before streaming giant Netflix started plucking talent from fellow streaming giant YouTube.
The first YouTube star to also become a Netflix star will be Colleen Ballinger-Evans, better known as her painfully awkward, heavily lipsticked, wannabe star character Miranda Sings. She’ll have a scripted comedy series on Netflix called Haters Back Off, inspired by her popular YouTube videos. Learn more about the Miranda Sings Netflix series after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Ads are probably the most annoying part of the YouTube experience, but how much would you be willing to sacrifice to avoid them? Would you pay $9.99 a month? What if that $9.99 a month also got you exclusive original content?
YouTube is really hoping you’ll say yes. The video streaming website has just announced YouTube Red, a Netflix-style paid subscription service. Unsurprisingly, not everyone is thrilled about it. Get all the details on YouTube Red after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
America’s Funniest Home Videos basically became obsolete the moment YouTube was invented. People no longer had to go through a bunch of TV producers to share or watch homemade clips of dads getting hit in the balls; they just had to click a few buttons on YouTube.
Nevertheless, America’s Funniest Home Videos has endured to become ABC’s longest-running primetime show. Now, as it hits its 25th birthday, it’s even joining forces with YouTube for several new series. Hit the jump for details on the Americas Funniest Home Videos YouTube comeback.
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Filmmakers who’ve dreamed of working on the kind of frightening sets Guillermo del Toro is known for will now have their chance. Del Toro is judging a new contest, presented by Legendary Pictures and YouTube, that’ll allow filmmakers to visit specially created horror sets at YouTube locations in New York, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo. The results will then be uploaded to YouTube and a select few will get consultations with Del Toro. One lucky winner will even get a development deal. It’s a pretty fantastic opportunity for horror filmmakers and it takes place between September 22 and October 28, 2014.
Below, read the full details of the Guillermo del Toro YouTube contest, see examples of the sets and watch del Toro describe the whole thing. Read More »
Before the days of Twitter, which allows access to the daily opinions of some of our favorite filmmakers on an immediate basis, many of us relied on Jon Favreau for connection to one part of the film world. Several years ago Favreau was still an indie darling, almost a decade away from the Marvel Universe, and he hosted a show on IFC called Dinner for Five.
If you were lucky enough to have IFC from 2001-2005, it was pre-DVR appointment television. The writer/director would sit down for dinner with some of the most interesting people in Hollywood and just talk. About movies, about life, whatever. Since the series ended, several of the guests – which ranged from Seth McFarlane and Peter Dinklage to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, have become even bigger stars than they were at the time. “Glorious” doesn’t come close to describing the show.
So whether you were a fan of not, we figured it would be good to let you know that the entire series is legally available to watch on YouTube. Check it out below. Read More »