Any music fan will tell you, theres nothing better than seeing your favorite band live. But if youre one of the millions of people who cant make it to a show, YouTube is giving you the next best thing. Were working with some amazing artists to bring you live performances and music videos in VR.
And today Gorillaz hailed by The Guinness Book Of World Records as the planets Most Successful Virtual Act have announced their return with the release of a new video directed by Jamie Hewlett, featuring four tracks from their highly anticipated forthcoming album Humanz. The epic six-minute animated film - titled Saturnz Barz (Spirit House) - provides an extraordinary cutting-edge VR experience to include the track Saturnz Barz in full, plus highlights of Ascension, Andromeda and We Got The Power. You can check it out here fresh from the oven.
With these new immersive experiences, you can transport yourself to top music festivals and killer concerts, without having to deal with the crowds. This weekend, you can check out Ultra Music Festival live, with a set from Hardwell live streaming in 360 degrees. And you can already experience highlights from Coachella on YouTube, without having to bear the heat of the desert.
We've also been working with some of your favorite artists to experiment with new ways to tell the story behind their songs and allow you to be immersed in the video. Sit next to Sampha on the piano bench while he performs (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano. Step into Hunter Hayes recording studio as he builds each musical component of his current single, Yesterdays Song. Check out Young The Giants latest single, Silvertongue, as though you were in the audience. Watch The Naked & Famous official music video for Higher shot at the YouTube Space LA. And you can use VR to travel behind the scenes, too. Check out Florida Georgia Line as they shoot May We All at the Tennessee National Raceway in Hohenwald.
You can watch these videos using the YouTube VR app available on Daydream or with Google Cardboard. If you dont have a headset, dont worry, you can still get the 360-degree video experience on your mobile phone or desktop. Itll be like youre virtually there with your favorite band.
YouTubes become a global destination for people who love watching gaming videos. And we want to take gamers viewing experience a step further by exploring how VR videos can put them right at the center of the action. Thats why we partnered with gaming creators and publishers to experiment with the production of 360 and VR videos. Whats come out of those experiments, from League of Legends to Minecraft, was pretty exciting.
From Let's Play to trailers, theres a really wide range of gaming content on YouTube, and a lot of these different style videos are now also becoming available in VR. You can check out gameplay from global creators as well as gaming-themed live action videos celebrating games like Call of Duty.
Game publishers are also getting involved in VR gaming videos in a big way, from the immensely popular Clash of Clans 360-degree video by Supercell to documentaries uploaded by World of Tanks publisher Wargaming. Even eSports organizations are producing content for VR, uploading 360-degree content from top events like the League of Legends World Championship Finals.
But what if you just want to chill and watch some gaming-themed entertainment content? We got you covered with videos ranging from the classic Red vs. Blue series to Stampys Wonder Quest.
To give you a taste of gaming experience in VR, check out the playlist above for some of our favorite videos so far. Its a good cross section of the kind of gaming videos we offer in VR, many of which can make you feel like youre standing inside the game itself. You can watch these videos using the YouTube VR app available on Daydream or with Google Cardboard. If you dont have a headset, dont worry, you can still get the 360-degree video experience on your mobile phone or desktop.
Thats why, this International Womens Day, were turning up the volume on female voices and honoring the impact they have on all of us. #HerVoiceIsMyVoice is a moment to celebrate and share the voices of inspirational women from around the world.
Every day around the world, women are sharing their stories, wisdom and inspiration. These everyday and extraordinary moments are at the heart of YouTube, and you can find more of them here.
Today, we invite you to share a video of a woman whose voice speaks to you. Lets use our favorite brave, bold, or downright beautiful stories to remind our communities and ourselves just what were capable of. Happy International Womens Day!
Theres no question that people love TV, from live sports to breaking news to sitcoms and dramas. But the truth is, there are a lot of limitations in how to watch TV today. Unlike online video, people can't watch TV when they want, on any screen and on their terms, without commitments. Consumers have made it clear that they want live TV without all the hassle. They dont want to worry about their DVR filling up. They don't want to miss a great game or their favorite show because theyre on the go. They tell us they want TV to be more like YouTube.
Well, weve got some good news! Were bringing the best of the YouTube experience to live TV. To do this, weve worked closely with our network and affiliate partners to evolve TV for the way we watch today.
Meet YouTube TV. Its live TV designed for the YouTube generationthose who want to watch what they want, when they want, how they want, without commitments.
Heres what YouTube TV offers:
Live TV streaming from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, regional sports networks and dozens of popular cable networks. YouTube TV gives you the best of live TV, from must-see broadcast shows like Empire, The Voice, The Big Bang Theory and Scandal, to the live sports you want. YouTube TV includes major sports networks like ESPN and regional sports networks like Fox Sports Networks and Comcast SportsNet, so you can watch your favorite NBA or MLB teams. Weve also partnered with local TV stations, so youll also get sports and local news based on where you live. And YouTube TV offers dozens of additional cable channels, so you wont miss out on the latest news from MSNBC or Fox News, popular shows and movies from USA or FX, kids programming from the Disney Channel or Sprout, or reality TV from E! or Bravo. You can also add Showtime, or Fox Soccer Plus to your networks for an additional charge. In total, YouTube TV gives you access to more than 40 networks, listed below.
A cloud DVR, with no storage limits. With YouTube TV, youll be able to record live TV and never run out of storage. Your cloud DVR can record as many shows as you want, simultaneously, without using precious data or space on your phone and well store each of your recordings for nine months.
A service that works great on all your screens. You can watch YouTube TV on any screenmobile, tablet or computerand you can easily stream to your TV with a Google Chromecast or Chromecast built-in TV. YouTube TV works on both Android and iOS. And your cloud DVR goes with you, so you can stream your recordings on any device, whenever and wherever you want.
YouTube Red Originals. With a YouTube TV membership, you can watch all of our YouTube Red Original series and movies right on the new YouTube TV app.
Six accounts, one price. Every YouTube TV membership comes with six accounts, each with its own unique recommendations and personal DVR with no storage limits. You can watch up to three concurrent streams at a time.
Half the cost of cable with zero commitments. A YouTube TV membership is only $35 a month and there are no commitmentsyou can cancel anytime.
YouTube TV will be available soon in the largest U.S. markets and will quickly expand to cover more cities across the country. Visit tv.youtube.com and sign up to find out when well launch in your market.
With so much great content available on TV, were thrilled to build an experience that lets you enjoy it as easily as you watch YouTube. We can't wait for you to tune in.
Christian Oestlien, Product Management Director, recently used YouTube TV to watch The Oscars live on ABC.
A few years back, we made a big decision at YouTube. While everyone seemed focused on how many views a video got, we thought the amount of time someone spent watching a video was a better way to understand whether a viewer really enjoyed it. It wasnt an easy call, but we thought it would help us make YouTube a more engaging place for creators and fans. And last year, we hit a big milestone on that journey: people around the world are now watching a billion hours of YouTubes incredible content every single day!
Lets put that in perspective. If you were to sit and watch a billion hours of YouTube, it would take you over 100,000 years. 100,000 years ago, our ancestors were crafting stone tools and migrating out of Africa while mammoths and mastodons roamed the Earth. If you spent 100,000 years traveling at the speed of light, you could travel from one end of the Milky Way to the other (and you wouldnt age a day!). And if you searched for 100,000 years on YouTube, youd find a really killer KISS track.
Thats the great thing about this milestone. It represents the enjoyment of the fantastically diverse videos that creative people make every single day. Around the world, people are spending a billion hours every day rewarding their curiosity, discovering great music, keeping up with the news, connecting with their favorite personalities, or catching up with the latest trend.
Weve worked hard behind the scenes to make that billion-hour journey possible, but this isnt just our milestone. It belongs to all of you, toothe global audience that tunes in every day and the creators whose videos have made YouTube the original, surprising and limitless source of entertainment it is. From all of us here at YouTube, please accept our heartfelt thanks.