YouTube allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to playlists, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users. It offers a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media videos. Available content includes video clips, TV show clips, music videos, short and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers, live streams, and other content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos.
The vast majority of its videos are free to view, but there are exceptions, including subscription-based premium channels, film rentals, as well as YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, subscription services respectively offering premium and ad-free music streaming, and ad-free access to all content, including exclusive content commissioned from notable personalities.
YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. Three former PayPal employees: Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, created the service in February 2005. Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion and YouTube now operates as one of Google’s subsidiaries.
Karim said the inspiration for YouTube first came from Janet Jackson’s role in the 2004 Super Bowl incident. When her breast was expose during her performance, and later from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Karim could not easily find video clips of either event online. Which led to the idea of a video sharing site. Hurley and Chen said that the original idea for YouTube was a video version of an online dating service, and had been influenced by the website Hot or Not. Difficulty in finding enough dating videos led to a change of plans. With the site’s founders deciding to accept uploads of any type of video.
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