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    Google starts rolling out ads internationally on YouTube Shorts

    YouTube Shorts launches ads Google has started rolling out advertisements globally on its Youtube Shorts platform. "We've been experimenting with ads in YouTube Shorts since last year, and we're now gradually rolling that out to all advertisers around the world," Google Ads vice president...
  2. Hanno Labuschagne

    SuperSport up against YouTube, Amazon, and Disney for IPL rights

    SuperSport up against YouTube, Amazon, and Disney for IPL rights Alphabet Inc., owner of the ubiquitous search engine Google, has flagged an interest in bidding for the broadcast rights of the Indian Premier League, or IPL, joining the ranks of half a dozen media giants vying for the coveted...
  3. Jan

    Icasa reboots subscription TV market inquiry

    DStv monopoly inquiry rebooted The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has announced that it will relaunch consultations for its Inquiry into the Subscription Broadcasting Services Market. “Upon considering the draft findings emanating from the Inquiry — is of the view...
  4. Jan

    Google shutting down YouTube Go

    YouTube Go is shutting down Google is killing YouTube Go, a lightweight version of its popular video-sharing app for low-end smartphones. First launched in 2016, YouTube Go formed part of an array of Google "Go" apps, stripped-down versions of their main apps that consume less data and can...
  5. Jan

    DStv copyright takedown on AfriForumTV's launch video

    DStv blocks AfriForumTV launch video on YouTube DStv had YouTube take down the launch video of a new Afrikaans streaming service based on a suspicious copyright claim. The target of South Africa's biggest pay-TV broadcaster was AfriForumTV, a new Afrikaans-focused video streaming service...
  6. Hanno Labuschagne

    YouTube unwatchable on Afrihost and Webafrica

    YouTube unwatchable on Afrihost and Webafrica Google servers used by several Internet service providers in South Africa are facing overwhelming network traffic, causing major problems when streaming video from YouTube. Afrihost and Webafrica fibre broadband subscribers reported the issue on...
  7. Jan

    YouTube adds TV shows in US region - free streaming, with ads

    YouTube launches ad-supported TV series streaming YouTube has launched free ad-supported TV show streaming for users in the United States. Some of the available TV shows include Andromeda, Heartland, Hell’s Kitchen, and Kitchen Nightmares, and users can access them on YouTube’s web version...
  8. Jan

    YouTube at Risk of Russia ban after Facebook is deemed illegal

    YouTube faces Russia ban after Facebook ruled "extremist" Google, one of the few American corporate giants still operating in Russia, is poised to lose one of its biggest footholds in the country as tensions with the Kremlin continue to escalate. Alphabet Inc.’s Google shut its advertising...
  9. Jan

    Vox data - How much Netflix dominates in South Africa

    Netflix absolutely dominates on South African fibre networks Netflix is South Africa's favourite online service by far, new data from major Internet service provider Vox shows. The Internet domain where it hosts video content received more than double the hits than YouTube, and it also...
  10. Jan

    Big Tech begins restricting Russian state media platforms

    YouTube, Facebook, TikTok restricting Russian state-media YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok are restricting state-owned Russian media channels ahead of a likely European Union ban, aiming to curtail propaganda during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The EU announced a ban Sunday, which...
  11. Jan

    South Africa's million-sub club on YouTube grew by 30% - Google

    How many YouTubers in South Africa have over 1 million subscribers YouTube channels in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria saw impressive growth in revenue, viewership, and subscriptions in 2021. This was revealed by YouTube's managing director for European, Middle Eastern and African emerging...
  12. Jan

    SABC tech renewal project full steam ahead

    Big tech upgrades at the SABC — including a Netflix competitor The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) technological renewal project is making considerable progress, according to the public broadcaster’s responses to parliamentary questions. The SABC said that it had issued a...
  13. Jan

    YouTube plans to make gaming videos immersive in metaverse push

    YouTube pushing virtual reality in metaverse bet YouTube said it will start creating metaverse experiences on its video platform, beginning with gaming, following competitors’ investments in the buzzy category. “We’ll work to bring more interactions to games and make them feel more alive,”...
  14. Jan

    South African film producer threatens to lay charges against intern who uploaded movie to YouTube

    South African filmmaker threatens movie pirate with police A South African film producer has come out guns blazing against the pirating of locally-made movies. Afrikaans film producer Cobus van den Berg recently spoke to the Huisgenoot magazine about how many of his works have been shared and...
  15. Jan

    Companies that control South African telecoms - Competition Commission report

    These are the companies that control South Africa's Internet Vumatel has grown to become a dominant player in fibre-to-the-home, while Telkom's Openserve division continues to dominate when it comes to national long-distance fibre in South Africa. Vodacom and MTN remain the most dominant...
  16. Jan

    Dev releases Return YouTube Dislike extension for Chrome and Firefox

    This tool brings back the YouTube dislike count Software developer Dmitry Selivanov has created an open-source extension for Chrome and Firefox that brings back YouTube's dislike counter. According to a report from The Times of India, the Chrome Web Store has reported that the extension —...
  17. Jan

    Top 10 YouTube videos in South Africa - 2021 edition

    South Africa's favourite YouTube videos in 2021 YouTube released its Top Ten lists today, with South Africa's favourite videos showing an increase in the popularity of locally produced content.
  18. Jan

    MTN adjusts WhatsApp and Social Media bundles

    MTN cuts WhatsApp bundle prices MTN has announced a revision to its WhatsApp and social media bundles, promising its customers more data and value. In addition to its WhatsApp packages, MTN also offers social media prepaid data bundles that work for Facebook, YouTube, TikTok and Twitter.
  19. Jan

    Mecool KM2 Android TV box review

    Best media streaming box for the price — Mecool KM2 The Mecool KM2 offers an excellent viewing experience at a great price.
  20. Jan

    YouTube starts hiding dislike counter

    YouTube hiding dislikes YouTube will no longer show the number of “dislikes” on videos, an attempt to make the platform more hospitable to creators.