YouTube Adds To Its Original ProgrammingBy: Chris Crum - October 8, 2012
YouTube has launched a bunch more of its original channels, extending to content from France, Germany, the UK, and more from the US.
YouTube first announced the set of original channels about a year ago, starting with about 100 of them. A lot has happened since then, the company says. Its top 25 original channels are now averaging over a million views a week. 800 million users are watching 4 billion hours every month, YouTube says, adding that this is up from 3 billion hours earlier this year. The number of people subscribing has doubled year-over-year, and partners are reaching the 100k subscriber mark five times faster than they were two years ago, according to the company.
“From local cuisine, health and wellness and parenting to sports, music, comedy, animation and news, this new lineup of original channels will have something for everyone,” says YouTube head of global content, Robert Kyncl. “They are backed by some of the biggest producers, well-known celebrities and emerging media companies from Europe and the U.S.”
YouTube has a directory of the local channels here. There are six listings in automotive, ten in Beauty, 14 in Comedy, two in Dance, forty-one in entertainment, three in Film & Animation, twelve in Food, two in Gaming, twelve in Health, five in Hispanic, three in Home & Garden, one in How-To, twelve in Music, six in News, two in Pets & Animals, fourteen in Science & Technology, seventeen in Sports, three in Urban and four in Women’s Interests.
Last week, AOL announced the launch of 22 new YouTube channels of its own. These are not included in YouTube’s “original channels” line-up.