When Google launched YouTube TV last year, only five cities had the opportunity of accessing it. The service has now been extended to more cities including DC, Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, and Charlotte metropolitan areas. This brings the total number of cities that can access YouTube TV to 14.
YouTube TV was launched with a free 30-day trial, which is not unusual when introducing a service like this to the public. 30 days is long enough to try out the service and probably make up your mind if you want to go ahead and subscribe for a full month of unlimited DVR powers. However, signing up for the trial service requires a credit/debit card, and of course, a temporary authorization is required from your end.
It will also interest you to know that YouTube TV now offers nearly 50 networks, including sports from some of America’s biggest sports stations ESPN, NBC Sports and Fox Sports, TechCrunch reports.
YouTube TV is available for all types of screens, including smartphone, tablet and computer. Also, you can easily stream to your TV with a Google Chromecast or Chromecast built-in TV; and just to add that the service will be available for both Android and iOS.
In a letter to the company’s shareholders in 2016, undar Pichai, Google’s chief executive officer wrote:
“We aim to provide more choice to YouTube fans — more ways for them to engage with creators and each other, and more ways for them to get great content.” “We’ve started down this journey with specialized apps like YouTube Kids, as well as through our YouTube Red subscription service.”
Also today, YouTube rolled out a new measure to counter terrorist groups like ISIS. Google will adopt a redirect method that will see potential ISIS recruits redirected to videos that deconstruct and confront the terrorist group when they search for known extremist content using a predefined set of keywords.
Below is a statement on the Redirect Method website explaining how Google plans to counter terrorism:
“The Redirect Method uses Adwords targeting tools and curated YouTube videos uploaded by people all around the world to confront online radicalization. It focuses on the slice of ISIS’ audience that is most susceptible to its messaging, and redirects them towards curated YouTube videos debunking ISIS recruiting themes. This open methodology was developed from interviews with ISIS defectors, respects users’ privacy and can be deployed to tackle other types of violent recruiting discourses online.”
TechCrunch reports that the new tool will be triggered by some keywords including: Baqiyah wa Tatamadad (“Remaining & Expanding”) and respectful terms like “Al Dawla Al Islameyah,” which includes the honorific “al-Dawla,” which means respect.
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