YouTube Shoots Up to 4 Billion Views a Day

Just think about this: every second one hour of video is uploaded to YouTube. I’m sure you’re thinking, that’s about 60 hours uploaded per minute. This all translates into about 4 billion video views a day, up 25 percent in the last eight months. Contributing to the increased popularity is the obvious rise in smartphone […]

Bell Media second only to Google in serving up videos to Canadians

Bell Media, whose websites include CTV, Discovery Channel, Bravo, CP24 and MTV, was one of the biggest properties in the Canadian online landscape in 2011 according to recent research by comScore.

The company was second only to YouTube (Google Sites) in Canada for total Video Views, third in total time spent viewing video, and was fifth overall among all properties online in Canada, following Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Yahoo!

YouTube launches movie rental service in Canada

In a post on the official YouTube blog, Google today announced that Canadians will now be able to rent over a thousand full-length movies from the site.

Pricing for movies, which are DVD (480i) quality, starts at $2.99 for older films with new releases priced at $4.99. No high definition (HD) rentals yet.

YouTube serves up 3 Billion videos a day

In a corporate blog posting today, the firm announced the video site now serves up over three billion videos a day, up 50% from two billion views a day in May of 2010.

In addition, videographers are uploading more than 48 hours (two days worth) of video to the site every minute, a 37% increase over the last six months and 100% over last year.

Canadian Christmas Flash Mob Video tops 26 million views on YouTube

Alphabet Photography Inc., based in Niagara Falls, Ontario organized a Flash Mob in Welland, Ontario, Canada on November 13th to spread some Christmas cheer and a YouTube video of the event has gone viral.

Jennifer Blakeley of came up with the idea for the flash mob and organized Chorus Niagara, a non-profit choir of more than 80 singers who went from quietly blending into the busy mall atmosphere to belting out a classic Christmas carol to the surprise of mallgoers. Seaway Mall’s Food Court in Welland, Ontario, Canada acted as the backdrop.

YouTube upgrades Mobile Site

On the Google mobile blog this week, the company announced it has upgraded its English language YouTube mobile website.

Google says the improved mobile site is faster than its predecessor and features a new user interface that incorporates larger, more touch friendly elements, making it easier to access videos on the go.

YouTube celebrates fifth anniversary

Five years ago this month, YouTube launched the beta version of its site to the world, six months before the official launch in November 2005.

The site grew rapidly, and in July 2006 the company announced that more than 65,000 new videos were being uploaded every day, and that the site was receiving 100 million video views per day.

SoCalled movie from NFB will debut on YouTube

The National Film Board of Canada has announced that “SoCalled”, a feature-length documentary film about klezmer hip-hop artist Josh Dolgin aka Socalled will have its premiere on YouTube starting March 16 during the South By Southwest festival.

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