Video: Top 10 YouTube clips of 2010
15 December 2010 - YouTube has looked back on the year to launch a video of its most watched clips of 2010, including Old Spice, annoying oranges and bed intruders...
Mobile Video use by European country
Mobile subscribers who watch TV/ video on Mobile phones, July 2009 vs July 2010 ('000 people per month).
Top 10 online video content sites: US
Google users viewed on average 94 videos each during
the month of January 2010
online video content sites: US
Google attracted 136.5 million unique viewers during
the month of January 2010
entertainment websites: UK
Sites ranked by visits for the week ending 13th March
Top 10 social networking
Sites ranked by visits for the week ending 13th
PS3 gets on-demand ITV and Channel 4
15 December 2010 - TV catch-up services ITV Player and Channel 4's 4oD have joined existing service BBC iPlayer on the PS3 console. The move means PS3 users will be able to catch up on popular shows from ITV, such as Coronation Street, Gossip Girl and Emmerdale, and some of Channel 4's content which includes Peep Show, Hollyoaks and Misfits.
BBC to launch paid-for iPlayer iPad app in US
06 December 2010 - The BBC is working on a version of its iPlayer to be launched in the US, in the form of a paid-for iPad application, according to a new report. The FT.com reports that the 'Global iPlayer', which is in pilot form until it passes scrutiny by the BBC Trust, will only be available outside the UK, where the broadcaster is allowed to charge for access to its content.
Virgin Media to launch YouView rival with Tivo powered set top box
02 December 2010 - Cable giant Virgin Media has launched its new broadband internet based "next-generation entertainment platform" and Set Top Box (STB), which uses Video-on-Demand (VoD) technology from TiVo. The service will roll-out from mid-December 2010 and cost from £26.50 per month. The STB itself will cost £199 and standard installation costs apply (£40).
SeeSaw offers ad-free viewing for 99p
29 November 2010 - Online video service SeeSaw has launched a new "NonStop" feature, giving viewers the choice to either watch their programmes free with adverts or pay a small fee to enjoy uninterrupted viewing. The service will launch for an introductory price of 99p until 31st of December, going up to its standard price of £2.99 per month thereafter.
Sony takes VOD service to Europe, but PS3 users miss out
26 November 2010 - Sony has launched its video-on-demand service Qriocity in Europe, making its catalogue of movies available via its internet connected TVs, but not its popular PS3 console. Sony, which competes in Hollywood with the likes of MGM, Universal, Disney and Warner, has successfully signed up its rivals to the store for distribution and will make their films equally available on Qriocity.
SeeSaw 'Ad Selector' lets viewers choose preferred advert from brands
25 November 2010 - Online video site SeeSaw has launched a new ad tool Ad Selector, that lets users choose which video ad they want to watch prior to streaming
programmes. The move comes as a result of a partnership with technology company Brainient.
YouTube boosts stickiness with search topic suggestions
15 November 2010 - YouTube is trialling a new service called 'Topics on Search', giving viewers examples of related searches. The tool, available on the video sharing site's beta testing area 'TestTube', uses an algorithm that looks at video tags, comments, shares, viewing patters, and other signals.
YouTube debuts new mobile ad formats as videos on-the-move soars
12 November 2010 - Three in four (75%) of YouTube Mobile users say that their mobile is the number one device they use to watch YouTube videos, according to new stats issued by Google. According to Nielsen, YouTube Mobile is the number one video viewing mobile website in the US, with more than 7.1MM monthly unique users.
iPlayer going global: BBC plans to charge overseas viewers
10 November 2010 - The BBC has announced plans to make its popular iPlayer online video platform available for International users, for a fee. The announcement was made by John Smith, Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide.
Samsung debuts first-ever YouTube mobile ad to promote Galaxy Tab
03 November 2010 - Samsung Electronics has become the first UK advertiser to run display advertising on YouTube's mobile site to promote its iPad rival, the Galaxy Tab. The YouTube mobile advertising forms part of a wider marketing launch campaign for Samsung's Galaxy Tab, which will run across in-game advertising with Playstation, reach blocks on Facebook, online search and display, mobile advertising, OOH and print.
YouTube's 'Promoted Videos' tops 500 million views
03 November 2010 - Advertising is beginning to pay off for Google's YouTube, and it has now has served 500 million views of its paid Promoted Videos, a service it launched less than two years ago. The news follows Google CEO Eric Schmidt's recent hints that YouTube is "nearing profitability."
YouTube co-founder steps down
02 November 2010 - YouTube's CEO and co-founder Chad Hurley is stepping down from the position to take on an advisory role at the site. The transition has been undergoing and his duties at YouTube have shrunk for the past two years.
Ofcom rejects YouView 'anti-competitive' complaints
20 October 2010 - Ofcom will not investigate YouView, despite claims from rivals that the TV-on-demand scheme from BBC, ITV, C4 and Five is anti-competitive. However, You View, previously know as Project Canvas was warned that the communications watchdog will act if it blocks rival platforms and services in future.
Google preps TV launch with media content deals
06 October 2010 - Google has secured new content partnership deals with media and internet companies, including NBC Universal's CNBC, Time Warner's HBO and Amazon, for its forthcoming Google TV service. Turner Broadcasting is working to optimise some of its websites for viewing on Google TV, including CNN and Cartoon Network, Google said on Monday.
UK online ad spend up 10%: Video and social media lead way for growth
05 October 2010 -
The money spent on internet ads in the UK increased 10% in the first half of this year, with advertisers spending a total of nearly £2bn on the medium, according to new data. The study, from the IAB and Price Waterhouse Coopers , found that video and social advertising fuelled online display's return to growth, while the FMCG and Entertainment sectors ramped up investment to become two of the biggest spenders in the sector.
TV catch up sites: BBC's iPlayer tops usability list, Sky Player comes last
04 October 2010 -
The BBC offers viewers the most usable Video on Demand (VoD) / catch up TV website with its iPlayer service, while Sky's Sky Player service fails to match other broadcasters in terms of usability, according to new findings released today.
YouView accused of harming investment in web TV industry
02 October 2010 -
UK online TV platform YouView, previously known as project canvas, has
dismissed claims it will damage investment in the fledgling UK IPTV
market. YouView, the on-demand TV service backed by BBC ITV, BT and
Channel 4, is set to launch as a beta test in the first quarter of
next year. The site aims to bring video-on-demand programming and
services to Freeview and Freesat.
YouTube wins Spanish copyright case
01 October 2010 - A Spanish federal court has dismissed copyright infringement charges against Google's YouTube that could have brought the online video service to a halt by forcing it to monitor every piece of content.
Project Canvas to launch Web TV next year as 'YouView' brand
16 September 2010 - Project Canvas, the on-demand TV service backed by BBC
ITV, BT and Channel 4, has officially rebranded as YouView, and is set
to launch as a beta test in the first quarter of next year. The site
aims to bring video-on-demand programming and services to Freeview and
Online video referrals: Facebook catching Google
15 September 2010 - Newspaper websites are enjoying a surge of traffic
from their online video stories, while Facebook is on track to be
second only to Google for video referral traffic by year's end,
according to new research.
YouTube tests live streaming
15 September 2010 - YouTube has begun to test its own-brand live
video-streaming technology. Over two days the site is planning a trial
in which four partners will get the chance to air live programmes.
Google TV coming to UK living rooms next year
09 September 2010 - Google is set to launch its much-anticipated TV
service in the US over the next few weeks, while UK viewers will have
to wait until next year. The service will let viewers in the US search
and view content from TV providers, the Internet, mobile apps and
their own personal content library via their TV sets.
BBC iPlayer offers downloads before shows are broadcast on TV
08 September 2010 - BBC has revamped its iPlayer online video platform,
with a number of new features, including the ability to let users
download shows before they are aired on TV, and then watched them
straight after broadcast. Previously, users had to wait for the show
to finish and be uploaded to the iPlayer before watching or
Yahoo to launch web TV service in Europe
07 September 2010 - Yahoo is set to launch an online TV service in Europe,
through a partnership with TV maker Vestel.
More than a third of Brits now watching TV online
01 September 2010 - A third of television viewers now watch their
favourite programmes online, on computers and mobile phones, according
to new research. The joint study by the Radio Times and SeeSaw.com has
highlighted changes in the way people now view programmes.
Social media 'making TV a social experience again'
01 September 2010 - How we watch, share, discuss and interact with
traditional TV in the UK is evolving rapidly in response to the rise
of social media, according to the findings of the Social TV Trends
Report. The research into the habits of over 2,000 British consumers
commissioned by social media agency Diffusion and conducted by YouGov,
has found that 'media stacking' is becoming the norm as we watch TV
with growing viewer demand for more real-time interactive online
services accessible via the 'traditional' TV set.
Five rejoins Project Canvas
01 September 2010 - Channel Five has reversed its decision, made only six
weeks ago, to pull out of the UK television industry's project to
allow consumers to see video programmes via the internet. Project
Canvas now includes again all the terrestrial broadcasters - the BBC,
ITV and Channel 4 remained involved when Channel Five left for
financial reasons last month - as well as BT, Carphone Warehouse and
the infrastructure owner Arqiva. It is looking for further partners.
Amazon to sell subscription service for online movies?
01 September 2010 - Amazon is reportedly planning to launch an online TV
and movie rental service, and is currently in talks with major TV and
'How to' videos on the rise: Blinkx teams with Videojug and Howdini
09 September 2010 -
Blinkx has partnered with VideoJug and Howdini,
to bring 50,000 direct play How-to video's to its video search
platform. These professionally produced videos will help viewers
master a wide range of skills, from throwing the perfect curve ball to
puppy-proofing the home and more.
Channel five broadcasts tv shows on Facebook
10 August 2010 - Channel Five has made a deal with Facebook that means
its TV-on-demand platform, 'Demand Five', will be embedded into the
social-networking site. The deal will see Channel Five become the
first broadcaster to show television programmes through Facebook, and
apparently it will be launching in the next ten days.
Online video: TV still king in US, Asians rely on mobile video
10 August 2010
- People in China watch half as much television each day
as Americans, but they are more likely to catch video on computer or
mobile phones, according to new research. The study, from Nielsen,
looked into the technology habits of some 27,000 online consumers in
55 countries in March.
Virgin Media files complaint about 'anti-competitive' Project Canvas
04 August 2010 - Virgin Media has lodged a complaint with Ofcom, aimed
at halting the BBC-backed video-on-demand service Project Canvas. The
cable giant says the project, which is developing common standards for
net TV in the UK, is anti-competitive. BT, Channel 4 and ITV are
partners alongside the BBC.
Government hints at plans for internet TV licence fee
26 July 2010 - British viewers who watch TV programmes through their
computers and who do not own television sets may be made to pay the
licence fee as early as next year. Currently viewers do not have to
pay the licence fee if they only watch TV programmes through a
iPlayer receives 7m mobile requests during June
22 July 2010 -
The number of mobile requests for the BBC's iPlayer
service grew by 1m in June, reaching a new high of 7m monthly
requests. Mobile traffic was boosted by iPlayer access on the Apple
iPad, which already accounts for 10% of all requests from portable
Old Spice viral ads break records with 5.2m YouTube views
19 July 2010 - The Old Spice channel became the most viewed on YouTube last week, after the men's grooming brand recorded more than
5.2 million views for its viral marketing videos in less than three
days. The brand's Twitter followers grew from 3,000 to 48,000 during
YouTube recreates TV experience with 'Leanback' feature
09 July 2010 - YouTube has launched Leanback, a new service aimed at
the living room offering full screen, HD videos optimised for big
screen TV viewing. Still in public beta, Leanback automatically starts
playing content feeds based on a user's preferences, and accesses
social networking for users plugged in via Facebook.
Project Canvas gets green light from BBC Trust
28 June 2010 - Project Canvas, the online TV project involving BBC,
ITV, BT, Five, Channel 4 and TalkTalk given approval from the BBC
Trust, providing the project sticks to certain agreements. The news
follows the go-ahead by the Office of Fair Trading last month.
YouTube wins Viacom copyright case
24 June 2010 - In a landmark ruling, a judge has rejected a $1bn
lawsuit brought by Viacom accusing Google of allowing copyrighted
material on its YouTube service without permission. The US movie and
television giant sued Google and YouTube for a billion dollars in
March 2007, arguing that they condoned pirated video clips at the
website to boost its popularity.
Virgin Media plans full web TV service by year end
15 June 2010 - Virgin Media plans to launch its first full
internet-connected TV service in partnership with Tivo by the end of
the year. The service will bring the web to the TV screen, in the form
of apps, and will offer a search service similar to Google.
BBC iPlayer gets personal... and starts linking to rivals
01 June 2010 - The BBC has unveiled a new-look iPlayer with a simpler
interface, higher-quality streams and more personalised content. The
media player will also link to content on rival platforms and let
users share shows via Facebook and Twitter. The iPlayer beta is now
live and the corporation expects to launch the full version by the end
SeeSaw offers online TV rentals from 99p
24 May 2010 - Online TV catch-up service SeeSaw has announced that
it is now possible to rent shows, such as Lost and Top Gear, through
their site. The company has offered free programmes on the web since
it's launch in February. This will be the first time users have been
able to pay to access premium content.
YouTube 'gets more viewers than all US TV networks combined'
17 May 2010 - Popular video sharing website YouTube is celebrating
its fifth year this month and has another reason to celebrate: it
generates two billion hits nearly every day. The 2 billion views of
the site, which sports the slogan "Broadcast Yourself", is more than
the combined total number of viewers of the US major television
Nielsen to measure 'audience attentiveness' for online video ads
05 May 2010 - Research firm The Nielsen Company has bought
GlanceGuide, a US-based video analytics and technology company. The
purchase will see the research firm add a new 'audience attentiveness'
metric for measure the impact of online video ads.
Lovefilm begins streaming movie rentals direct to TV sets
19 March 2010 - Lovefilm has struck deals with Sony and Samsung to
stream movie rentals directly to viewers TV sets via an internet
connection. The deal is expected to bring more than 2,000 films, to
the TV manufacturers' latest sets, which can be connected directly to
Microsoft takes on iPlayer with free video player
12 March 2010 - Microsoft has launched a free online video player for
the UK, which will rival existing services such as BBC iPlayer and
4OD. MSN Video Player contains 1,000 hours of programmes including
Skins, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Footballers' Wives. Over the next few
weeks the service will also begin to include a selection of HD shows.
SeeSaw begins $5m ad campaign
01 March 2010 - UK video-on-demand service SeeSaw has started its
launch campaign, worth £5m, beginning with 10 second commercial. The
campaign will start with a series of ten-second teaser ads across
Channel 4's portfolio of TV services, expanding to run on ITV, Channel
Five, digital multichannel stations and high-traffic websites.
BBC to develop news, sport and iPlayer mobile apps
19 February 2010 - The BBC will launch a range of free mobile
applications to deliver its online content to mobile devices, with the
possibility of an iPlayer application for smartphone users ready by
the end of this year. The broadcaster is
reportedly planning to launch mobile apps for BBC News in April
followed by apps for BBC Sport in May. The BBC will launch both apps
in a UK and a global version.
SeeSaw launches TV site in UK
18 February 2010 - SeeSaw, a free online aggregation service
offering a selection of UK broadcasters' content, has launched after
completing beta tests. So far, SeeSaw has signed content partnership
deals with BBC Worldwide, Channel 4, Five and several major
independent production companies. However, the company could not ink a
deal with ITV.
IAB sets industry standards for online video ads
11 February 2010 - The IAB has received the backing of publisher
and broadcaster members to enforce Video Advertising Standard
Templates (VAST 2.0) in the UK, to bring greater consistency to online
video planning and buying. The initiative has been developed by the
Internet Advertising Bureau's Video Council - the group dedicated to
the promotion of online video advertising.
YouTube tests online video rental market
21 January 2010 - YouTube is launching a video rental service,
initially featuring five movies shown at this year's Sundance
Festival, with plans to expand later in the year. The first five films
for rent are "The Cove," "Bass Ackwards," "One Too Many Mornings," "Homewrecker"
and "Children of Invention." The service will go live on 22 January
and will only be available in the US.
YouTube seeks sponsor for first live sports coverage
20 January 2010 - YouTube is to begin streaming live cricket from
India's premier league, seeking sponsors in the process. The move
marks the video sharing site's first foray into live sport streaming,
and is the result of a partnership between Google and Cricket's IPL
(India Premier League).
BBC allowed to take part in internet TV service "Project Canvas"
01 January 2010 -
The BBC Trust has provisionally approved the
BBC's involvement in Project Canvas, a service that will allow UK
viewers to watch free-to-air broadcasts and Internet content on
The trust, an independent body that oversees the license-fee funded
BBC, said that "the likely public value of the proposal justifies any
potential negative market impact," after it faced criticism from
pay-TV companies, in particular British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC (BSY.LN).
YouTube debuts own short URL service
01 January 2010 - YouTube has launched a new URL shortening
service, putting the video sharing platform in direct competition with
market leaders bit.ly and TinyURL. In a blog posting, Google
engineering manager Vijay Karunamurthy announced youtu.be as a
shortener for all YouTube video links, and nothing but YouTube links.