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Facebook makes reality TV its new weapon for web supremacy

Facebook said Wednesday it was reviving the pioneering MTV reality show "The Real World" as its secret weapon to lure viewers away from YouTube. The social media giant said it was also trying to harness the formidable online power of the "cute kitten" factor with a new show called "World´s Most Amazing Dog" on its new Facebook Watch platform. Users who think their pooch is cute enough to be a contender can enter audition videos from their phones, it told TV executives at MIPCOM in Cannes, the world´s top entertainment…

Sony Pictures accidentally uploaded entire film instead of trailer on YouTube

LOS ANGELES: Someone in Sony must be facing expulsion after they accidentally uploaded the whole film instead of the movie trailer on Youtube. It seems that the power to press the "Publish" button just became the biggest downfall in this employee's career. It is as Spiderman says; Someone attempting to put up the one-minute 40-second trailer for forthcoming movie Khali the Killer accidentally sent the entire film into the world instead. we'vee all complained when a trailer spoils the best bit in a film well,…

A two year old is giving baking tutorials and the internet is living for it!

A two-year-old boy has become a star after featuring in his very own hilarious baking tutorial. Apart from the fact that he forgot to get dressed for the occasion, the little dude does a better job than many of us would do, creaming the butter and sugar, cracking in some eggs, mixing it all into some flour before finishing it off with turquoise frosting and sprinkles. The toddler, who is called Roman, ends up with a pretty decent-looking sponge cake. To add to the cuteness the little man has got some impressive…

YouTube plans original programming in India, Japan and other markets

Alphabet Inc’s YouTube is creating scripted series and other original programming for international markets including France, Germany, Japan, Mexico and India to try to draw new customers to its paid subscription service, a senior executive said on Friday. The programming will come in the form of multiple genres such as music documentaries, reality series, talk shows and scripted series, Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global head of original programming, said in an interview. It will be produced in local languages and…

YouTube removes conspiracy theory videos

LOS ANGELES: YouTube has removed four videos by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, his website Infowars said on Wednesday after the radio host used his YouTube channel to denounce Muslim immigrants to Europe and the creators of a transgender cartoon. “YouTube has removed four Infowars videos that were critical of liberalism,” Jones said in a statement on social media, in which he also urged people to look at the videos on his website and decide for themselves. A spokesperson for Google’s YouTube, who asked not to be named…

‘Harry Potter’ star Tom Felton in new YouTube show

SAN DIEGO: YouTube has offered the first glimpse at its new sci-fi thriller series fronted by "Harry Potter" star Tom Felton -- revealing it is an "Alien"-like horror story on an isolated ship. "Resident Evil" director Paul W.S. Anderson is to helm "Origin," which brings together an international roster of talent alongside Felton, the boy wizard's conniving nemesis Draco Malfoy in all eight "Harry Potter" movies. A teaser trailer for the 10-episode show made by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television screened at a…

Video makers want YouTube to change subscription tool

CALIFORNIA: Video makers with millions of subscribers on YouTube expressed frustration at a trade show last week that the service notifies only a portion of their followers about new posts, causing declines in viewership and their revenue. The gap between viewership and subscribers, which is akin to followers on Twitter or page likes on Facebook, emerged as the latest rallying point for YouTube creators gathered at Viacom Inc’s VidCon, an annual online video industry annual gathering. YouTube, which is part of Alphabet…

YouTube offers creators new ways to earn money

SAN FRANCISCO: YouTube, often criticized for not compensating creators well enough, will allow them to set up paid channel memberships, the company said on Thursday. Currently the vast majority of revenue at the Google-owned service comes from advertising and that will remain a focus, said Neal Mohan, YouTube's chief products officer. "But we also want to think beyond ads. Creators should have as many ways and opportunities to make money as possible," he said. Viewers will pay $4.99 a month for channel memberships…