If you are one of the thousands of video creators who have had their videos falsely claimed by random companies or just blatantly pulled down due to YouTube's broken automated copyright protection system, you'll be happy to hear that Google plans to further monopolize the online video market and absorb video streaming site Twitch.tv. Twitch.tv, for those unfamiliar, is a live video streaming website most popular for streaming video games, an already extremely popular genre of video on YouTube. Variety is reporting Google plans to buy the company in a $1 Billion deal and that Google is prepared for those pesky US Regulators to challenge the deal.
Once Google figures out a way to dance past all those "laws" and "regulations" they are sure to begin to clamp down on their own enforcement of laws, at least the ones big corporate like, and begin to roll out their automated copyright scanning software through twitch's thousands of daily streams. Lucky users can look forward to instances like when YouTube killed an official, company approved livestream for Star Citizen because the creators were singing Happy Birthday for the anniversary of their fundraising campaign. So, if you are a streamer, you have one more reason to make sure your phone is on silent during your stream than just professionalism -- one wrong ringtone can get your video stream deleted.
The good news for users will be better stability for Twitch.tv with YouTube partnership. The bad news will come when Google implements the same "network" structure they have at YouTube and makes it difficult to start up a channel. Then, like YouTube, large companies will control the content and make it difficult for newer, smaller channels to grow. For viewers it also puts Twitch on the radar of big ISPs that, with the death of net neutrality, will be able to throttle video from that site much like they do for YouTube now.
At least if you don't like this news, you have options to take your viewership elsewhere like... uh...
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About the Author - Jeremy Shane
Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea. Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California. When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead. Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim. If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.
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