Youtube Announces New Partners - Taking on Broadcast TV? Adds 100 YouTube Channels of Original Professional Content

written by: Richard Kastelein

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Back in August I attended the first MacTaggart lecture in 35 years at the Edinburgh International Television Festival to be delivered by a technologist, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt - who summed up the three trends to watch most in the future of TV… Mobile, Local and Social. Google chairman Eric Schmidt gave a speech to TV executives in Scotland where he explained how TV was evolving, and tried to convince them that it was futile to fight it.

He also said Google was not trying to compete and denied that Google itself was trying to compete directly with them.

Here's what he said about Google TV:

When it launched, some in the US feared we aimed to compete with broadcasters or content creators. Actually our intent is the opposite. We seek to support the content industry by providing an open platform for the next generation of TV to evolve, the same way Android is an open platform for the next generation of mobile.

And here's what he said about getting into the content business:

Some have suggested Google should invest directly in TV content. To argue that misunderstands a key point: Google is a technology company. We provide platforms for people to engage with content and, through automated software, we show ads next to content that owners have chosen to put up. But we have neither the ambition nor the know-how to actually produce content on a large scale....But of course we are helping to fund content.

So much for that idea.

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Rumours have been rampant since the WSJ reported in April 2011, that Google is overhauling Youtube to push more aggressively onto TV screens, competing head-to-head with broadcast and cable television for ad dollars. And they were willing to spend 100 million to do it. These channels will start coming online next month, as well as right on the big screen in the living room via Smart TVs, newer Blu-ray players, game consoles, many hybrid boxes such as Roku and Boxee.

The new channels will feature content from actress Amy Poehler, actor Ashton Kutcher and basketball star Shaquille O'Neal, as well as news and how-to content. Sounds like a lot more reality TV drivel. The new programming will include channels created by celebrities and producers from the fields of music, television, film, news and sports, said YouTube. The channels will start appearing next month, with more coming over 2012. The project's budget is about $100 million.

“The first of these new original channels will appear on YouTube starting next month and will continue over the next year,” said Robert Kyncl, Global Head of Content Partnerships at Youtube in a blog post. "They’ll be available to you on any internet-connected device, anywhere in the world, with all the interactivity and social features of YouTube built right in."

Will this help drive consumers to the TV App stores on the living room TVs?

At Appmarket.tv we have also reported previously that Google was planning a YouTube movie subscription service in UK, that Google was reaching for brand sponsorship of new 'Youtube Originals' - moving into video production, the wildfire rumour that didn't happen with Google to buy Hulu for $2 Billion?, and even going as far to Negotiate to Stream Live NBA, NHL Games on YouTube. Google acquired New Networks for this very move.

More at the Youtube blog from Kyncl:

Today we’re announcing that even more talented creators and original entertainment will soon join YouTube’s existing channel lineup, including channels created by well-known personalities and content producers from the TV, film, music, news, and sports fields, as well as some of the most innovative up-and-coming media companies in the world and some of YouTube’s own existing partners. These channels will have something for everyone, whether you’re a mom, a comedy fan, a sports nut, a music lover or a pop-culture maven.

Our goal with this channels expansion, along with the grants and educational programs we’ve launched in the past year, is to bring an even broader range of entertainment to YouTube, giving you more reasons to keep coming back again and again. And for advertisers, these channels will represent a new way to engage and reach their global consumers.

Are we seeing the next phase of disruption after Netflix and Lovefilm?

Mashable reports:

The channels will be anchored by a celebrity lineup that includes Madonna (DanceOn), Shaq (The Comedy Shaq Network), Rainn Wilson (SoulPancake), Ashton Kutcher (Katalyst Thrash Lab) and Deepak Chopra (Generate The Chopra Well). YouTube’s partnerships run deeper than celebrities though: WWE, WSJ, The Onion, SB Nation, Demand Media, CafeMom, TED, IGN, Slate, Bleacher Report, InStyle Magazine and Lionsgate are all partners that will seed the content for the new YouTube .

Partner, channel name

Alchemy Networks, Alchemy Networks
Alli Sports, Alli Sports
Bedrocket Media Ventures, Official Comedy
Bedrocket Media Ventures and Full Picture Productions, Look TV
Bedrocket Media Ventures and Wasserman Media Group, Network A
BermanBraun, theLOGE
BermanBraun & Rodale Inc., Vigor
BermanBraun & Rodale Inc., Taste
Big Frame, BAM
Black Box TV, Black Box TV (Anthony E. Zuiker, Tony Valenzuela, Collective Digital Studio)
Bleacher Report, Bleacher Report
Brady Haran, DeepSkyVideos
Brady Haran, numberphile
CafeMom, CafeMom Studios
Chopra Media/Generate, The Chopra Well
Clevver Media, ClevverStyle
Clevver Media, ClevverNews
Clevver Media, ClevverTeVe
Comedy Shaq Network, The Comedy Shaq Network
Cooking Up a Story, Food Farmer Earth
DanceOn, DanceOn
DECA, KinCommunity
Demand Media, eHow Home
Demand Media, LIVESTRONG
Demand Media, eHow Pets & Animals
Digital Broadcasting Group (DBG), Spaces
East of Center Productions LLC, YOMYOMF
Electus, Pop Culture Channel (name TBD)
Electus NuevOn, Latin Channel
Electus, Food Channel (name TBD)
Emil Rensing International, Auto Channel (name TBD)
EQAL, u look haute!
Everyday Health, Inc., Everyday Health TV
EYEBOOGIE, POP SPOT
FAWN by Michelle Phan
Fine Brothers Productions, MyMusic
Frederator Networks, Channel Frederator's Cartoon Hangover
FremantleMedia Channel, Pets & Animal (name TBD)
Hearst Magazines, Fashion & Beauty Channel (name TBD)
Hearst Magazines, Car and Driver Television
Iconic, Life and Times
IconicTV, 123UnoDosTres
IconicTV, myISH
IGN Entertainment / Shine Group, START
Intelligent Television, Intelligent Channel
Jon M. Chu, Dance Channel (name TBD)
Katalyst, Thrash Lab
Knights of Good Productions, Geek & Sundry (Felicia Day)
Lionsgate, Lionsgate Fitness Channel
Machinima, Machinima
Magical Elves and InStyle magazine, Little Black Dress
Maker Studios, The Maker Music Network
Maker Studios, The Moms' View
Maker Studios, Tutele
Meredith Corporation and Meredith Video Studios, Digs
ModernMom, ModernMom Channel
Mondo Media, New Animators
monotransistor, werevertumorro
My Damn Channel, My Damn Channel: Live
New Nation Networks, New Nation Networks
Pharrell Williams, i am OTHER
Philip Defranco, Sourcefed
Pitchfork, Pitchfork TV
PMC, PMC Entertainment News
Radical Media, Education Channel (name TBD)
Red Bull Media House North America, Red Bull
Roadside Entertainment/BAC, The NOC
SB Nation, SB Nation
Seedwell, American Hipster
Slate, Slate News Channel
Smart Girls at the Party, Smart Girls at the Party
Smosh/Alloy Digital, Smosh Animation
Soccer United Marketing & Bedrocket, KickTV
SoulPancake Productions, SoulPancake
Source Interlink Media, Motor Trend
Steve Spangler Science, The Spangler Effect
TakePart™, TakePart™ TV
TED Conferences, TEDEducation
The Bowery Presents, The Bowery Presents
The Nerdist Channel, The Nerdist Channel
The Onion, Onion Broadcasting Company
The Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Journal
The Young Turks, Town Square
Thomson Reuters, Reuters.com
Tony Hawk's production company, 900 Films, Inc., RIDE Channel
Uncommon Content Partners, The Conversation Channel
Uncommon Content Partners, Taste & Access
Varsity Pictures, Awesomeness
VICE, VICE
VICE, Noisey
Vlogbrothers, CrashCourse
Vlogbrothers, SciShow
Vuguru & POW! Entertainment, Stan Lee's World of Heroes
Walter Latham Digital, Walter Latham's "Kings of Comedy"
WWE, WWE Fan Nation
Young Hollywood, Young Hollywood Network

About the Author

Richard Kastelein
Founder of The Hackfest, publisher of TV App Market and global expert on Media & TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher and futurist. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, University of Cologne, sat on media convergence panel at 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels, and worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Seven Network and others on media convergence strategy - Social TV, OTT, DLNA and 2nd Screen etc.

He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.

Kastelein has spoken (& speaking) on the future of media & TV in Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen (TEDx), Kuala Lumpur, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Rio, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich...

He's been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, Apps World, and judged & AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.

A versatilist & autodidact, his leadership ability, divergent and synthetic thinking skills evolved from sailing the world 24000 miles+ offshore in his 20′s on sailboats under 12m.

He spent 10 years in the Caribbean media & boating industry as a professional sailor before returning to Europe, to Holland.

A Creative Technologist and Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Metis) his career began in the Canadian Native Press and is now a columnist for The Association for International Broadcasting and writes for Wired, The Guardian & Virgin. His writings have been translated into Polish, German and French. 

One of Kastelein's TV formats was optioned by Sony Pictures Television in 2012. 

Currently involved in a number of startups including publishing TV App Market online, The Hackfest and Tripsearch TV. As CSO for Worldticketshop he helped build a $100m company.

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