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How Halo 5 YouTube Live-stream Smashed All Sales Records for Xbox

In October 2015, Xbox hosted a six-hour live-streamed event on YouTube which helped Halo 5 break sales records for the brand. Over the course of the event, around 8M viewers tuned in, with a dedicated 700K gamers staying for the full 6 hours.
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How Twitch is Building a Huge Gamer Community to Rival YouTube

In 2015, the average Twitch user watched over 130 more minutes of video each month than the average YouTube viewer. In fact, the average Twitcher is on the site for over 7 hours per month, and that's a huge marketing and advertising opportunity for brands.
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500 Million People are Watching Facebook Videos Every Day

500 million Facebook users are now watching an incredible 100 million hours of video on the site every day. That's just native uploads, it doesn't include YouTube, Vine, or Vimeo clips. This means that the average viewer is watching about 12 minutes of video a day on Facebook.

Are You Misleading Viewers? How-to Best Disclose Sponsored Videos & Why

It's a fact that many online video creators are still not disclosing sponsorships they received for some of their video content, and that's totally against current FTC guidelines. In this week's How To's Day, we discuss how you can properly disclose your paid endorsements, and why you need to.
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15% of ALL YouTube Videos Relate to Gaming: Minecraft & PewDiePie FTW

Did you know that 15% of all YouTube content revolves around video games? Minecraft takes the top spot for most views, with PewDiePie the most subscribed to YouTube gaming channel. Video gaming content also generates nearly twice as much engagement as other topics.
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Views of Unboxing Videos Increase by 57%, 62% of Viewers Use Them For Research

New research by Google confirms that views of unboxing videos increased by 57% in 2014, generating an incredible 1 Billion views since January alone. 1 in 5 of us has watched an unboxing video, and 62% of consumers have stated that they have used them as part of their research into a product.

Minecraft on YouTube: 47B Views, $2.5B Value, $0 Video Marketing Budget

Did you know that more people watch YouTube videos about Minecraft than any other video game? But the overwhelming majority of its views come from videos created not by the brand, but from its YouTube fans. The Minecraft company has embraced this earned media opportunity, and scored massive success without allocating huge resources to video marketing.
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The Unboxing of Beauty on YouTube: New Brand-in-a-box Marketing

Unboxing videos are wildly popular on YouTube, and the unboxing of beauty products is one of the most watched verticals on the site. For many beauty brands, the unboxing phenomenon has become an essential tool in the marketing of their products, and this earned media is the main driver of overall views for most brands.
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44% of U.S. Broadband Users Watch Online Video Via a Games Console

9 out of 10 U.S. homes are connected to the Internet via a Broadband Internet connection, and a staggering 44% of those households watch non-gaming online video apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu Plus via their gaming consoles. 40% of those homes watch over 10 hours of streaming video content per week via their PlayStations or Xbox.
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Xbox Live Gets Original Content, GoPro Channel, Direct Uploads

It's been a busy day for Xbox announcements with the news that Microsoft is not only ramping up production on a number of original series, but it has partnered with UK’s Channel 4, GoPro and even has a new upload feature as part of its latest YouTube app.

Amazon Fires Major Salvo in OTT War with Fire TV

Amazon wants to set your TV on FIRE! Oh, wait, they announced the Fire TV, that must be why they have been doing all that Kindle-ing. They have priced their OTT device at $99 but it comes chock full of tech and has the content to back it up. So the question is, will it generate a response with its intended audience, and will the competitors, pardon the pun, fire back?
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Microsoft Is Paying YouTubers To Promote Xbox One

A leaked report suggests that Microsoft struck a deal with gaming MCN Machinima to promote the Xbox on YouTube with the proviso that creators did not disclose details of any payments received. That potentially violates FTC rules for the companies involved.
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An In-Depth Look At OTT And Live TV For 2014

2013 was a huge year for OTT (Over The Top) devices and content providers, but that's nothing compared to the growth of original content that Amazon, Hulu and Netflix are promising for 2014, alongside some exciting developments in OTT technology.
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Xbox One: Are UnBoxing Videos The Best Kind Of Earned Media?

User-generated content delivers 26 times more views for Microsoft on YouTube than their own videos do. With the release of the Xbox One, fan uploads of the unboxing and set up of the console are a huge contributory factor to the brand's visibility online.