YouTube News: Music in Germany, HDR Support, VR

There have been a bunch of news happening with YouTube in the past few weeks and we have combined all of this news together so you can get a quick overview of everything.

Music in Germany

Copyright laws differ between countries, and YouTube has tried to work with all of them to give users as many videos as possible. If content ID flags something, it may mean that the video gets blocked in certain places. German users have been blocked from viewing a great deal of content. Now, however, YouTube has reached an agreement with GEMA (Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte), a German-based music rights organization. With this agreement, more music and videos should be playable in Germany. It also should help German artists who want to promote their music on YouTube.

HDR Support (Chromecast Ultra only for now)

HDR, high dynamic range, is the next big thing in videos. It provides greater contrast between colors, making them more lifelike. YouTube is now adding support for creators to upload HDR content and have it displayed in certain viewers. Where? For now, the Chromecast Ultra is the only supported device, but they say it will be coming “soon on all 2016 Samsung SUHD and UHD TVs.” It’s not clear how this will affect Android TV. Devices like the NVIDIA Shield and Mi Box support playback of HDR content, but they would also need to be connected to UHD TVs.

YouTube VR

Daydream is Google’s vision for mobile VR. Virtual reality apps are starting to be published on Google Play, including YouTube VR. It provides an immersive environment with which to watch 360-degree videos or anything else. Creators have for a while been able to upload 360-degree video and watch on the desktop viewer (and also Google Cardboard), but the VR app supports voice search, easy discovery, and a richer browsing environment than previously.

The VR app can be downloaded on Daydream-ready phones (such as the Google Pixel) and viewed through a Daydream set.

YouTube continues to innovate on top of the traditional, linear video standard with new ways to view and new types of content. I’m sure they’ll continue finding new ways to enable anyone to craft stories.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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