YouTube - free online video streaming service
YouTube is a free online video streaming service that allows users to watch and share original videos that have been uploaded by YouTube members worldwide. People can see first-hand accounts of current events, find videos about their hobbies and interests, and discover the quirky and unusual.
YouTube is a place for people to engage in new ways with video by sharing, commenting on, and viewing videos. YouTube originally started as a personal video sharing service, and has grown into an entertainment destination with people watching more than 70 million free streaming videos on the site daily.
Watching videos on YouTube couldn't be easier—just come to the site and browse around, or search for subjects that interest you. To save your favorites for later, you need to sign up as a member for FREE, and then click the 'Add to Favorites' link underneath the videos you want to watch later. You can also create playlists to group favorite videos together into your own personal categories.
Anyone at YouTube can view and share videos, and members can upload videos and use other features, free of charge. Everyone can watch videos on YouTube — both on YouTube.com and across the Internet.
Main features of YouTube
- Upload, tag and share videos worldwide for FREE
- Browse millions of original videos uploaded by community members
- Find, join and create video groups to connect with people who have similar interests
- Customize the experience by subscribing to member videos, saving favorites, and creating playlists
- Integrate YouTube videos on websites using video embeds or APIs
- Make videos public or private—users can elect to broadcast their videos publicly or share them privately with friends and family upon upload
Competing services include Google Video, MySpace, iFilm, MetaCafe, Veoh, Outloud.tv, IFC Medialab and FBC V-Files.
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