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iPhone Users can Now Enjoy YouTube VR Videos with Google Cardboard

YouTube app for iOS received VR update which allows iPhone users to enjoy YouTube’s VR Videos with Google Cardboard and any other Virtual reality headsets. Users can view these VR Videos by downloading the latest version of the YouTube app from the App store and they can also watch 360 degree videos with just a click on the cardboard icon in the video.

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Android users received full support for cardboard in November, 2015. And now after a long wait iOS users are finally allowed to completely make use of the Goggle cardboard.  Apple in the recent past said that it is working on its own VR technology and it has reportedly placed a team of VR and AR experts. The first Apple VR headset was the Mattel View-Master Virtual Reality Starter pack, priced at $29.95 and it was found in Apple stores back in the month of February.

Steps to activate the cardboard mode for an alluring experience of 360 degree videos:

  • Download the latest Version v11.18 YouTube app for iOS
  • Open the App and start playing a video of your choice.
  • If it’s a normal video, click on the “more” icon on the top right corner of the screen.
  • Tap on the Cardboard icon and insert the compatible device iPhone to the Google VR headset or any other VR headset.

Now, you can enjoy the videos in the cardboard mode for an immersive 360⁰ experience.

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Rumors continue on Google launching a new Android VR platform later in this week. So with this update for iOS, it is clear that the cardboard platform continues as the company’s mobile VR device.

Well, the latest YouTube app version v11.18 for iOS is version weighs 52.7 MB. The very important point over here is users should keep in mind that this update does not magically turn the regular YouTube videos into 360 degree videos in the cardboard mode. Users can experience great 360 degree videos with cardboard mode than in the “magic window” mode.

YouTube Unplugged to launch in 2017 as a Streaming cable TV service

YouTube is working on a plan to launch online TV service in 2017. They will provide the service by the subscription-based streaming service called “Unplugged.” YouTube has set the high priority on this project and this project might come in to live in the coming year.

As of now YouTube is the best video services provided in the world in part of attracting the viewers and also in revenue. YouTube is the part of the Tech giant Google. Now YouTube is getting started with the new service.

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According to the reports, recently the companies including Sony, Dish and Hulu also launched to offer the online TV with the different premium and standard plans. YouTube has already prepared the game plan for its current goal. They are ready with the infrastructure modifications and other updates related to their upcoming service.

YouTube haven’t unlocked any word regarding the release. The talks have been going with the giant video content companies like Twenty-First Century Fox, Viacom, CBS and NBCUniversal. The information relating to the service plans is yet to reveal and according to the sources cited in Bloomberg News, the right to content and other sources have to be finalised.

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In the year of 2015, YouTube has introduced “YouTube Red” service. One can view the videos on the YouTube with Ad-free and users who avail this service have to pay $10 for the monthly subscription. This service is available in the US only. The subscription rates for “Unplugged” service is at $35/Month cited on the Bloomberg News.

YouTube has denied responding in answering to the questions regarding the “Unplugged” when contacted by the AFP. All we have to do is wait for the official announcement from the YouTube.

Amazon’s New Video Direct Service Challenges YouTube

Amazon unveiled is now going to challenge YouTube with its new video service launched on Tuesday. Amazon Video Direct Service allows its content creators and visual storytellers to post their video clips to get benefited out of royalties and advertising in return. Amazon.com Inc. is widening its on growing rivalry with the Alphabet Inc.’s Google across online video.

Amazon account holders can now upload videos made by them or their own licensed videos to the Video Direct service. Creators can choose how their uploaded videos are view-able through this service. They can make it free for all or earn revenue on ads. They can also make the stuff available for rent or purchase offered through a subscription channel or for Amazon’s $99 Prime package.

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“There are more options for distribution than ever before and with Amazon Video Direct, for the first time, there’s a self-service option for video providers to get their content into a premium streaming subscription service. We’re excited to make it even easier for content creators to find an audience, and for that audience to find great content,” said Vice-President of Amazon Instant Video, Jim Freeman in a statement.

“We’re constantly looking for ways to enable content creators to find an engaged audience and to make it easier for customers to discover great content,” Amazon’s spokeswoman said.

According to Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, the company annually spends about $3 billion on streaming video content. With this service Amazon aims at capturing new users and make them to buy Prime subscriptions and content for their devices.

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The company will make the video available through its video app on Mobile devices, set-top boxes such as Roku or on its website. Like YouTube, Amazon would take 45% of revenue from ads and 50% of revenue from the channel subscriptions and video rents or purchases.

The company would pay content holders 15 cents for each hour of ad-free prime videos in US and 6 cents overseas. Amazon also said that it would block all the inappropriate content of the videos like porn, software algorithms etc.

However, Amazon’s tough competitor Google last year announced YouTube Red, a paid for subscription video service without ads and earlier this month few reports stated that it is planning to offer a bundle of channels of online video and Live TV channels for $35.

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The new Video Direct Service is launched with the videos, Toy maker Mattel Inc., Web Publisher Mashable Inc., Media conglomerate Condé Nast Entertainment are among the launch partners.

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