If you’re one of the 1.5 billion viewers who login to YouTube each month, then you’ll be excited to hear about the latest 2017 YouTube updates. According to the company’s blog, they’ve joined -Facebook](https://www.women.com/ashleyreign/lists/facebook-updates-2017) in working on a range of new improvements this year. Some of the YouTube updates you'll find here span everything from making virtual reality more accessible and easier to create to a range of cool new YouTube Red original shows.
Boasting a monthly viewer average that breaks down to 1 in every 5 people in the world, these 2017 YouTube updates may make the Internet’s favorite video sharing site even more popular. As YouTube calculates that their viewers are spending an average of over an hour a day watching their videos on mobile devices, they’ve been working on ways to bring even more entertainment right to your phone.
Check out some of the newest 2017 YouTube updates that are set to roll out in the next few weeks and months ahead.
YouTube Plans To Make Virtual Reality More Of A Reality
Pretty much everyone would agree that being able to access more virtual reality videos on YouTube is both a really interesting and fun idea! The problem however, comes with the fact that, at the moment, virtual reality videos are not super easy or affordable to make. From the difficulties involved in filming them to the fact that some virtual reality cameras are super expensive, the whole experience can be a challenging one for creators.
That’s why YouTube has been collaborating with Daydream to create a whole new format called VR180, as well as new cameras that will make it possible for anyone to create their own VR videos. By partnering with camera creators like LG, YI, and Levono, YouTube is helping user in the introduction of the new VR180 cameras which will be available for as little as a couple hundred dollars.
While creators only have to worry about recording in much the same way as usual, the format will deliver a cool 3D experience while capturing 180 degrees of action. The result? A video you can watch either on your phone or with an immersive VR headset.
YouTube TV May Be Coming Soon To An Area Near You
Want to watch live sports and TV from top cable networks right from your phone? Or perhaps even DVR multiple shows at once, with unlimited recording storage that you can access anywhere? Well currently, if you live in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia or the San Francisco Bay Area, then you already can with a subscription to YouTube TV!
Fear not however, for the service is coming to more areas soon! In just a couple of weeks, it will be available in Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne and Charlotte.
Already a huge hit with Millennials, the service is built for a mobile generation and flexible lifestyle, allowing you to stream your favorite sports games and TV programs, whether you happen to be near a TV or not.
More New YouTube Red Originals
YouTube is keeping up with fellow streaming channels Netflix and Hulu by releasing their own programming and has currently released 37 YouTube Red Originals to date. After generating nearly a quarter of a billion views already, they just released plans for 12 new YouTube Red projects that will soon be available to stream. You can even check out their previews here!
Making Sharing Easier
Love sharing your favorite YouTube videos with your friends? Soon it’s going to be a whole lot easier! Last year YouTube came up with a new feature that allows users to share videos right from their YouTube mobile app. The feature will make its debut in the coming weeks in Latin America and will be available in the U.S. soon after.
New Monetization Policy
In April, YouTube announced a big change that will make you sit through less commercials on lower quality programming. Now, in order to sign up for the monetization program, a creator must garner at least 10,000 hits on their channel, at which point they can apply to be in the Youtube Partner Program.
The company will then take a look at their channel to make sure that everything is legit and falls in line with their policies before moving forward. As YouTube grows, these policies are meant to weed out offensive or spam-like programming in order to ensure that only quality creators are making money from sharing on their network.
YouTube's New Updated Look
In the coming weeks, YouTube’s app and desktop site are going to get a bit of a face lift in order to give you the best possible experience both as a user and video creator. Soon you won’t have to worry so much about what size to shoot your videos in, what they’re shot on, or even whether they’re horizontal or vertical.
Soon you’re YouTube mobile app is going to become a great deal more adaptable. Whether you’re watching a vertical, square, or horizontal video, your player will seamlessly adapt, making the video fill your screen the exact way it should for an optimal viewing experience.
The innovation won’t end on your mobile app however, as YouTube has already begun previewing it’s new desktop experience. Not only does it have a clean new look, the new YouTube desktop has some cool new features as well such as its new “Dark Theme” that brings a fresh new cinematic look to videos.
As you can see, YouTube is hard at work making their service not only the most accessible place to share your favorite videos, but to view a huge range of wireless entertainment as well.
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