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Fact Check : Amazing Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland!

Fact Check : Amazing Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland!

Did China create these amazing robot dancers at the Shanghai Disneyland, beating even the Japanese?

Watch the viral clip for yourself, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : China Created Classic Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland!

Here is the video that countless people have been sharing on social media and even on YouTube. It is often paired with a short explanation in (broken) English.

This classic dance is only created in China and broadcast in Shanghai Disneyland. They are not female dance artists, but all robots made in China.

The performance time is only about 5 minutes, but the ticket queue time takes 4 hours , The ticket price is 499 yuan.

It has surpassed Japan in complexity, and saw its perfect facial expressions. Send this video to everyone to watch, let us enjoy together…

 

Classic Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland : The Truth

The agility and grace of these classic robot dancers at Shanghai Disneyland is amazing.

The less gullible would point out that it is something you would only expect from professional human dancers, and they would be right.

Fact #1 : That Is A Video Of A CBDF Competition

That is actually a video clip from one of the many competitions organised and broadcast by the CBDF (Chinese Ballroom Dance Federation).

Although we cannot ascertain who the dancers are, you can see the CBDF logo in the background, at 4:06 and 4:41.

No robot made today can match their agility and grace.

Fact #2 : 499 Yuan Was The Entry Price To Shanghai Disneyland

The fake story claimed that the ticket to watch this performance costs 499 Yuan – about US$73 / £55 / RM303. That would be ridiculously exorbitant for a single show.

In truth, that was the cost of an entry ticket to the Shanghai Disneyland when it first opened in February 2016.

Since 6 June 2018, it has been priced at 399 Yuan (off-peak), 575 Yuan (peak) and 665 Yuan (peak holiday).

Fact #3 : Disneyland Does Not Charge Extra To Watch Certain Shows

Anyone who has been to Disneyland knows that the entry fee is pricey. That’s because it covers all rides and shows inside Disneyland.

You only need to pay for food and drinks, and arcade games. Or if you opt to purchase Disney Fastpasses (Fastpass, FastPass+, MaxPass) to bypass long queues at popular rides or shows.

Otherwise, all rides and shows are free to enjoy once you enter Disneyland.

Fact #4 : That Is Not The Only Fake Video Of Chinese Robot Dancers

That is not the only fake video of Chinese robot dancers.

This one circulated earlier, claiming to be of a female robot dancer that beats Japanese made-robots.

In this example, they took the video clip from the 2018 World Dance Sport Federation Championship in Lithuania…

Recommended : Did China Create This Amazing Female Dancing Robot?

 

Who Would Create Fake Stories About Robot Dancers?

With China’s aggressive foreign stance in recent years, it is not uncommon to see such fake stories being created and shared.

Some believe it’s part of a concerted attempt to burnish China’s image overseas.

Others believe the many fake stories are being created to drown out the negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and their aggressive moves in the South China Sea.

Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.

Please share this fact check with your friends, so they know the truth!

 

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Is HR 748 (CARES Act) Evidence Of COVID-19 Plandemic?

Is HR 748 – the CARES Act – evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic was planned – a plandemic?

Find out what HR 748 (CARES Act) is all about, and what the FACTS really are!

Note : This article was originally posted on 5 May 2020, and was updated and reposted on 11 June 2021 because the Brian Young video is being recirculated again!

 

Claim : HR 748 CARES Act Is Proof Of COVID-19 Plandemic!

Conspiracy theorists are pointing out that the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act, also known as HR 748, was introduced in January 2019.

Since this was many months BEFORE COVID-19 started appearing in Wuhan, they believe it is evidence that COVID-19 must have been designed and manufactured in a US lab.

One of these conspiracy nut jobs is one Brian Young, who creates all sorts of BS videos on his YouTube channel – High Impact Vlogs.

Here is a “high impact” screenshot of his “documented proof” video, in which he described it as a Plandemic designed to give governments tighter control.

Such videos and claims continue to be shared on social media, with comments like this :

Must watch this video. It shows that based on public documents…. etc, US goverment came out with an act to tackle Corona Virus way back in January 2019!!!

That’s partly because Brian Young himself refused to remove his fake video after it was exposed, probably to keep earning advertising money from it.

 

CARES Act (HR 748) COVID-19 Plandemic Plot : TLDR Summary

These claims are UTTER BULLSHIT based on an intentional “misunderstanding” of the facts :

  • HR 748 was introduced in January 2019 as a completely different act called Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019
  • It was amended by the US Senate in March 2020, becoming the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act at that point.
  • The Trump Administration was not prepared for the pandemic, which would not happen if this was really a planned pandemic.

Brian Young admitted he was wrong, but kept his video up – probably to keep making money off it, even though he knows it’s completely FALSE!

This is yet another example of why conspiracy theorists are nothing more than lying charlatans. You would be wise to stop believing these “geniuses”.

 

CARES Act (HR 748) : The Facts

Fact #1 : HR 748 Was Introduced On January 24, 2019

US House Bill HR 748, which is now known as the CARES Act, was indeed introduced by Congressman Joe Courtney on Connecticut on January 24, 2019.

It passed in the House of Representatives on July 17, 2019, and was sent to the Senate on July 18, 2019.

Fact #2 : HR 748 Was Not The CARES Act In 2019

When it was introduced and passed in the House of Representatives, HR 748 was not known as the CARES Act.

It was the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, and was explicitly meant to repeal “the excise tax on employer-sponsored health care coverage for which there is an excess benefit (high-cost plans).

Fact #3 : HR 748 Became The CARES Act In March 2020

Mitch McConnell kept HR 748 in his legislative graveyard from July 2019 until March 2020, when he needed to introduce a third stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That was when HR 748 was massively amended and became the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act. It was signed into law on March 27, 2020.

Photo Credit : WSJ

Fact #4 : The CARES Act Was Third US Bill Related To COVID-19

What conspiracy theorists fail to notice is that the CARES Act was not even the first US bill to address the COVID-19 crisis.

The first was the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act 2020 – a $8.3 billion bill signed into law on March 6, 2020.

The second was the Families First Coronavirus Response Act – a $104 billion bill signed into law on March 18, 2020.

Fact #5 : The Trump Administration Did Not Prepare For COVID-19

Conspiracy theorists also ignored a very critical flaw with their argument – the Trump Administration’s actions show that they simply did not prepare for COVID-19.

  • The Trump Administration only created a coronavirus task force on January 29, 2020.
  • By the end of February 2020, the United States did not even have proper tests, because of tainted reagents.
  • Only on February 29 did the FDA finally announce that US labs would be allowed to use their own COVID-19 tests.
  • Only on March 13, 2020 did US President Trump finally declare a national emergency.
  • Only on April 3, 2020, did the Trump Administration start recommending that people start wearing face masks, but made it voluntary.

More importantly, by May 5, 2020, the United States had the most coronavirus cases in the world – over 1.2 million infected, and the most deaths from COVID-19 – over 69,000 dead.

 

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YouTube Content ID Abuse By FUGA Aggregation?

Is FUGA Aggregation committing YouTube Content ID abuse by claiming copyright for music that was provided FREE years ago?

Let’s take a look at what’s going on recently!

 

YouTube Content ID Abuse : What Is It?

Content ID abuse is a constant problem with YouTube, with copyright holders given almost complete control over what is “rightfully theirs”.

Copyright holders use the YouTube Content ID system to identify videos that contain material that belongs to them. They then have the right to :

  • file a copyright claim, to monetise your video
  • take down your video, which slaps your channel with a copyright strike

There are many problems with the Content ID system which opens it to abuse :

  • copyright holders can “take over” and monetise your video even if their content is used in a small segment, or recorded incidentally (background music, for example).
  • copyright holders do not need to prove that they own the copyright to the content they are disputing, which leads to false claims.
  • the 3 strikes rule makes it easy for unscrupulous copyright holders to extort money from YouTube channels to withdraw a copyright strike

Even the BBC highlighted the problem in 2019, sharing how a copyright holder used the YouTube copyright strike feature to extort money, while others are using the copyright claim option to unfairly take over the monetisation of videos created by other people.

 

YouTube Content ID Abuse By FUGA Aggregation?

Now, we come to the recent aggressive Content ID action by FUGA Aggregation over a piece of music called Funky Dream by Fine Haters.

Since October 2018, we have been using a free piece of background music called Clean Sheets by Trout Recording, that was provided as royalty-free music by the Facebook Sound Collection.

Obviously, we never had a single copyright claim for this music.

But starting from 10 March 2021, we started receiving copyright claims by FUGA Aggregation for our videos that used Clean Sheets.

In just 8 days, they issued 14 copyright claims for videos using Clean Sheets, claiming that it was music called Funky Dream by Fine Haters.

Naturally, we disputed their claim, stating that the music was actually Clean Sheets by Trout Recording, and even shared the link to the Facebook Sound Collection where FUGA can check our claims.

So we were really surprised when FUGA “reviewed” our dispute, and rejected it, stating that their claim was “still valid”.

So we did a quick search of Funky Dream, Fine Haters and Kobb Records, and found this video posted on YouTube on 6 March 2021 – just before FUGA started shooting out those copyright claims.

The Funky Dream music was attributed to Fine Haters, and released on 20 February 2021, and was published by Kobb Records.

Amazingly, it was a longer copy of Trout Recording’s Clean Sheets, which was undated but definitely posted in 2018 or earlier. You can download Clean Sheets, and listen for yourself here.

We cannot find any information on the musician or band known as Fine Haters, or the publisher, Kobb Records.

On the other hand, Trout Recording has both a Facebook page and a website.

 

Why We Believe This Is Content ID Abuse By FUGA

Now, both Funky Dream and Clean Sheets sound identical, so Content ID was accurate in this instance.

However, who actually owns the copyright to Funky Dream / Clean Sheets? Trout Recording or Fine Haters?

I definitely believe that Trout Recording would have a better claim, since they released Clean Sheets in 2018, if not much earlier.

But why did FUGA reject our explanation, even though we shared the evidence with them?

The YouTube copyright claim system does not require FUGA to offer us an explanation, so there’s no way to know.

At this point in time, YouTube gave us the option of appealing or replacing the song, neither of which actually works :

  • appealing gives FUGA the right to issue a takedown (with a copyright strike) if they disagree
  • replacing the music destroys the video, because it would overwrite the voice-over

So, like probably 99% of other content creators who get stuck like this – between the Devil and the deep blue sea – the best option is probably to :

  • replace the music even though it destroys the video and voice-over, just to deny FUGA the right to unfairly monetise the video.
  • edit and repost a modified video with different background music.

This is extra work that we will have to do for each and every video that uses Clean Sheets, even though it was provided as royalty-free music years ago, and there is evidence that Funky Dream is just a copy of Clean Sheets.

Ultimately, this is yet another example of how the YouTube Content ID system is being abused…

 

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US Tax : How Much YouTube Income Will You Lose?

YouTube will soon withhold up to 30% of income from non-US creators as tax for the United States!

Find out whether you will be double-taxed, and how much income non-US YouTube creators will lose!

 

YouTube To Tax Non-US Creator Income By Up To 30%!

On 10 March 2021, YouTube creators started getting this email :

We’re reaching out because Google will be required to deduct U.S. taxes from payments to creators outside of the U.S. later this year (as early as June 2021). Over the next few weeks, we’ll be asking you to submit your tax info in AdSense to determine the correct amount of taxes to deduct, if any apply. If your tax info isn’t provided by May 31, 2021, Google may be required to deduct up to 24% of your total earnings worldwide.

Yes, the alert says that up to 24% of your total worldwide earnings may be deducted, but the actual deduction could be as high as 30%.

It all depends on which bracket you fall into :

Those Who Submit US Tax Info

  • Foreign creators : 24% to 30% withholding tax, unless your country has a tax treaty with the US.
  • US creators : 0% withholding tax, because they have to pay taxes on their total income

Those Who Do NOT Submit US Tax Info

  • Business account (Foreign) : 30% withholding tax of US earnings
  • Business account (US Resident) : 24% of total worldwide earnings
  • Individual account (Foreign + US) : 24% of total worldwide earnings

This change only impacts the earnings of non-US YouTube creators, since US creators are already paying taxes on their income.

 

Why Are Non-US Residents Getting Taxed On US Income?

You may not be a US citizen or resident, but the US government requires income generated in the US to be taxed.

Since they cannot tax your income like they would an actual US resident, they require companies to withhold a portion of your US income as tax.

The general idea is that as long as you make money in the US, or from US residents, you must pay tax on that income.

 

Does This Mean Non-US Residents Will Be Double-Taxed?

Check the latest IRS list of countries with income tax treaties with the United States.

Unless your country has a Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) with the United States, yes, you will end up getting double taxed – by the US government and your own government.

Since YouTube will withhold part of your income, the double taxation impact is somewhat lessened because you will only pay your country’s income tax on what’s left over.

That is scant consolation because you are still getting double-taxed, and will end up with considerably less income.

 

How Much Tax Will Non-US YouTube Creators Have To Pay?

How much income non-US YouTube creators will lose depend on four factors :

  • whether they file their US tax info,
  • whether their country has a double tax treaty with the US,
  • whether they are an individual or a company, and
  • how much income they get from US viewers

YouTube shared a hypothetical example, but it is overly optimistic – assuming only 10% US traffic.

So we came up with our own scenarios of 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% US traffic. For simplicity, we eliminated ”discounts” eligible to countries with US tax treaties.

This table we created shows the maximum US withholding tax you have to pay, with a monthly YouTube income of US$1,000.

Tax Deducted From
$1000 Income
% of US Traffic
25% 50% 75% 100%
Did not submit tax info
(24% worldwide)
$240 $240 $240 $240
Individual with Tax Info
(24% US income)
$60 $120 $180 $240
Business with Tax Info
(30% US income)
$75 $150 $225 $300

And this table shows how much income you will receive, after deducting the US tax, from a YouTube income of US$1,000.

Income Per $1,000
After Tax Deduction
% of US Traffic
25% 50% 75% 100%
Did not submit tax info
(24% worldwide)
$760 $760 $760 $760
Individual with Tax Info
(24% US income)
$940 $880 $820 $760
Business with Tax Info
(30% US income)
$925 $850 $775 $700

There is no doubt that this is a massive tax that is going to cut deeply into the income of every non-US YouTube channel, because it is a non-progressive flat tax, with no deductions.

 

What Can You Do About This US Tax By YouTube?

This withholding tax is going to irk a lot of YouTubers who have never stepped foot in the US, or received any benefit from the US government.

More so for non-US creators in countries without a double tax treaty with the US, because they would get double-taxed.

YouTube creators may be incentivised to target non-US viewers by producing more localised content, but ultimately, US traffic still pays the best. So we don’t see shifting focus away from US viewers as a good strategy.

Unfortunately, there is nothing anyone can do but bite down and bear the pain, on top of what has already been a terrible 2020 and 2021.

But if you are ever in the US and get some shit about being a foreigner, I suppose you can send them this smackdown, “I have every right to be here! I pay taxes too!“.

 

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Focus On Fauci : These Vaccine Lies Can Get You KILLED!

The viral video of four “experts” talking about the dangers of the COVID-19 vaccine is full of lies that can get you and your family KILLED!

Find out what’s going on, and why the lies being told about the COVID-19 vaccine could get you (and your family) killed!

 

Focus On Fauci : What Is It?

Focus on Fauci was a two-hour livestream by former rock musician, Sacha Stone, and headlined four “experts” on 5 January 2021 :

  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr – renown anti-vaccinationist, and nephew of John F. Kennedy
  • Dr. Judy Mikovits, PhD – former biochemistry research scientist
  • Dr. David E. Martin, PhD – a Fellow at the Darden School of Business Administration, University of Virginia
  • Dr. Rocco Galati  – a Canadian lawyer specialising in constitutional law

It claims to bring before the public, “the vast pathology of crimes against humanity, which many key researchers and experts allege against Anthony Fauci (the most powerful man on earth in the public health administration sector)”.

 

The Bombshell Revelation Of Vaccine Lies

None of them have any expertise in medicine or vaccine, and the entire livestream was full of lies and misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. David Martin, in particular, dropped a “bombshell” – the clip of which many people have been sharing on WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, etc.

It has also been posted on many natural health and antivax websites as a “shocking bombshell revelation”.

We will show you why the many claims about the COVID-19 vaccine in that video clip are nothing more than LIES that can get you and your family killed.

 

Why These Lies About The COVID-19 Vaccine Can Get You KILLED!

Let us be clear – the Focus on Fauci event was nothing more than a livestream of vaccine lies and deceit, by people who have no conscience about getting other people killed.

Now, we are not trying to be hyperbolic, but those vaccine lies they told can get YOU, and your family, KILLED.

If they convince you not to vaccinate against SARS-CoV-2 virus, it puts your family at risk of getting infected and developing a serious case of COVID-19.

The chance of dying from COVID-19 ranges from 0.2% to 8.6%. That’s an average of 4.4%, or 44 people dying out of every 1,000 patients.

Let us put it this way. Would you risk getting on a plane without a parachute, knowing that 9 out of every 200 passengers will be thrown out the door mid-flight?

The vaccine is your parachute. It can save your life if you are amongst the unlucky nine to be thrown out of the plane!

Workers wearing protective gear bury bodies in a trench on Hart Island in New York City on April 9.

 

Focus On Fauci : The Lies Debunked!

Now, let’s go through the claims Dr. David Martin, PhD made about the COVID-19 vaccine, and show you why they are all LIES.

Claim #1 : Let’s make sure we are clear… This is not a vaccine.

FALSE. The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are vaccines, which by definition, are biological preparations that provide “active acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease“.

Claim #2 : They are using the term “vaccine” to sneak this thing under public health exemptions. This is not a vaccine.

FALSE. There is no public health exemption for COVID-19 vaccines. Neither is there a public health requirement for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination.

As a finance expert, and not a medical expert, he could be referring to the insistence by vaccine companies to be protected from legal liability for any side effects.

That, however, has to be approved by each individual country, and is constitutionally or financially impossible in most countries.

In countries that provide partial liability waivers for vaccine candidates that focus on fair distribution, instead of profits (e.g. AstraZeneca), the governments will pay claims that exceed an agreed limit.

Claim #3 : [The vaccine] is a medical device designed to simulate the human cell into becoming a pathogen creator.

FALSE. These vaccines do NOT turn your cells into pathogen creators. As we explained in our mRNA vaccine article, the mRNA only trains some of your cells to create the viral spike proteins.

These viral spike proteins are like the uniforms that identify the virus, and by expressing them on the surface of some of your cells, your body’s immune system is triggered.

Your body will learn to identify these “foreign uniforms” and create antibodies that target them, to prevent your cells from being infected when you get exposed to the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Claim #4 : [The vaccine] specifically has to stimulate both immunity… and disrupt transmission.

FALSE. Vaccines are, by definition, designed to confer active acquired immunity to the vaccinated. It does not need to prevent transmission, even though that would be ideal.

What this means is a fully-vaccinated person is protected against COVID-19, but may still inhale and retain the SARS-CoV-2 viral particles in his/her respiratory passages, and transmit them to an unvaccinated person.

That’s why it is important to vaccinate everyone, and not rely on the vaccinated to prevent transmission.

Claim #5 : [Pfizer and Moderna] have been abundantly clear [the vaccine] is not going to stop the transmission. 

FALSE. Pfizer and Moderna said no such thing. They only said that there is NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE YET to determine if their vaccines can ALSO prevent asymptomatic infection and transmission.

Claim #6 : It is a treatment [not a vaccine].

FALSE. They are vaccines that must be taken in advanced to train your body to build its own immunity. It cannot be used to treat anyone who has already contracted COVID-19.

Claim #7 : Moderna started as a chemotherapy company for cancer, not a vaccine manufacturer for SARS-CoV-2.

FALSE. Moderna started out specifically to commercialise mRNA technology. It’s even in their name – ModeRNA Therapeutics. That makes them perfectly suited to create and deliver mRNA vaccines.

Dr. David Martin is disingenuously insinuating that Moderna does not have any expertise in manufacturing SARS-CoV-2 vaccines. That’s true for every pharmaceutical company, big and small – because SARS-CoV-2 is a new virus!

We should also point out his hypocrisy – he is an expert on finance, not COVID-19. By his own standard, no one should bother with what he has to say about COVID-19! 🙂

Claim #8 : It Is A Medical Device (According To) CDRH Definition

FALSE. These mRNA vaccines are not defined as medical devices by the CDRH (Center for Devices and Radiological Health) of the US FDA, because :

  • the mRNA is absorbed and metabolised by the cells, and creates proteins through chemistry.

Like drugs, vaccines are NOT medical devices. It is illogical to call them devices.

Section 201(h) of the Federal Food Drug & Cosmetic (FD&C) Act defines a device as an “instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, contrivance, implant, in vitro reagent, or other similar or related article, including a component part, or accessory which is:

  • recognized in the official National Formulary, or the United States Pharmacopoeia, or any supplement to them
  • Intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, in man or other animals, or
  • Intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals, and

which does not achieve its primary intended purposes through chemical action within or on the body of man or other animals and which is not dependent upon being metabolized for the achievement of its primary intended purposes.

Claim #9 : It Is Designed To Make You Sick

FALSE. These mRNA vaccines have been PROVEN in their stage 3 trials to be about 95% efficacious in PREVENTING sickness.

Claim #10 : 80% of [vaccinated] people experience a clinical adverse event

FALSE. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine’s trial result showed that there were only 8 adverse events out of 18,904 people who were vaccinated.

That’s 0.04%, not 80%. Dr. David Martin either miscalculated, or intentionally inflated the risk by 2000X. Quite a mistake for a finance expert…

 

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Did China Create This Amazing Female Dancing Robot?

Did China create this amazing female dancing robot for a dance show in Shanghai?

Watch the viral video for yourself, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Did China Create This Amazing Dancing Robot?

Here is the video that countless people have been sharing on social media and even on YouTube. It is often paired with a short explanation in (broken) English.

Can u believe that this female dancer is robot ? The dance was held in Shanghai n it lasted only 5 minutes but the queue was 4hrs n cost 499 Yuan!

It has surpassed Japan in complexity, and saw its perfect facial expressions. Send this video to everyone to watch, let us enjoy together…

 

Amazing Female Dancing Robot : The Truth

The agility and grace of this female dancing robot, and its facial expressions, are incredible.

The less gullible would point out that it is something you would only expect from a real human being, and they would be right.

Fact #1 : That Is A Video Of A WDSF Competition

That is actually a video clip from the 2018 World Dance Sport Federation Championship in Lithuania.

The initials WDSF (World Dance Sport Federation) can be seen, together with the recording date at the upper left corner of the video.

Fact #2 : The Dance Only Lasted A Minute

The dance in the video only lasted just over a minute, even though the accompanying fake message claimed it lasted for 5 minutes.

Fact #3 : Those Are Lithuanian Dance Champions

Both dancers are very human. In fact, they are Lithuanian dance champions Ieva Zukauskaite (female), and Evaldas Sodeika (male).

Fact #4 : 499 Yuan Was The Entry Price To Shanghai Disneyland

The fake story claimed that the ticket to watch this performance costs 499 Yuan – about US$73 / £55 / RM303. That would be ridiculously exorbitant for a short dance.

In truth, that was “copied” from the two earlier hoaxes (here and here) about robot dancers at the Shanghai Disneyland.

Even that was not accurate, because 499 Yuan was the cost of an entry ticket to the Shanghai Disneyland when it first opened in February 2016.

Since 6 June 2018, it has been priced at 399 Yuan (off-peak), 575 Yuan (peak) and 665 Yuan (peak holiday).

 

Why Would Someone Create This Fake Story?

With China’s aggressive foreign stance in recent years, it is not uncommon to see such fake stories being created and shared.

Some believe it’s part of a concerted attempt to burnish China’s image overseas.

Others believe the many fake stories are being created to drown out the negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and their aggressive moves in the South China Sea.

Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.

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Google Play Music Is Dead : How To Download Your Music?

Google Play Music is officially dead across the world, and you have until December 2020 to migrate your music library and playlists to YouTube Music.

Find out how to download your music library and playlists from Google Play Music before they are deleted forever!

 

Google Play Music Is Dead : Whaaaaat???

On 4 April 2020, Google dropped the bombshell – they announced that they were replacing Google Play Music play with YouTube Music by December 2020.

They would kill off Google Play Music starting September 2020 in New Zealand and South Africa, and October 2020 for the rest of the world.

Users will no longer be allowed to stream from, or use the Google Play Music app from that point onwards. They will only be allowed to transfer their music libraries to YouTube Music.

Even that migration offer is limited to December 2020, after which the Google Play Music libraries will be deleted and will no longer be available to download or transfer to YouTube Music.

 

Google Play Music Is Dead : Download Your Music Now!

Google offers the option to migrate your Google Play Music libraries and playlists to YouTube Music, but you may not want to do that for these reasons :

  • 128 kbps quality limit for free subscriptions
  • you can’t upload your own music through the app, only using an Internet browser
  • offline playback of your own music requires you to upload and then download the same music

Before deciding what to do next, the first thing you should do is download your music library.

You have until the end of December 2020 to download your music, so do it now!

  1. Open Google Play Music.
  2. Tap on Manage Your Data.
  3. Tap on Download your music library.

  1. Leave Google Play Music checked.
  2. Select to export once.
  3. Select the more common .zip file format, or the .tgz alternative
  4. Select the maximum file size you prefer – 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, 10 GB or 50 GB.
    Google will split your files into multiple compressed files based on the maximum size you selected.
    Newer operating systems (Windows 10, macOS) can support files larger than 4 GB.

  1. Tap Create export and let Google archive and compress your music library.
  2. You will receive an email with a download link when it’s done.

 

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Fact Check : Avoiding The Future Plague, The Viral 1956 PSA!

The 1956 PSA – Avoiding The Future Plague – is going viral on social media for its amazingly prescient look at the world today, and the COVID-19 pandemic!

Take a look at this PSA from the 1950s, and find out if it truly predicted everything from the Internet, social media and COVID-19!

 

The Viral 1956 PSA : Avoiding The Future Plague

Avoiding The Future Plague is purportedly a PSA (Public Service Announcement) from 1956.

It went viral because it was extremely prescient, predicting everything from maglev trains, the Internet, the smartphone, and transatlantic flights.

It even accurately predicts that by 2020, a new virus will arise in Asia and spread across the world.

It also claims that there is a solution, a way to avoid this future plague, but the clip ends with the rest of the footage missing, after an advertisement.

 

Avoiding The Future Plague : The Truth About This Viral PSA

The production quality is very good, but this isn’t an actual PSA from the 1950s. Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : The Video Was Created In February 2020

Avoiding The Future Plague is really a joke video created by the YouTuber, RamsesThePigeon.

He posted the video on 29 February 2020, stating that :

It’s hilarious to look back on what people from the 1950s thought the future would be like!

Also, yes, I only threw this together because I wanted to have a video upload on February 29th.

He even dropped a hint in the beginning – the production date of the video is also February 29.

Fact #2 : It’s A Mash-Up Of Archival Footage

He created it from archival and public domain footage from the 1940s and 1950s, sharing that :

Archival and public domain footage was acquired from Archive.org.

Fact #3 : Doeskin Kitchen Napkins Actually Exist!

Believe it or not, Doeskin Kitchen Napkins actually exist!

And the “sponsor’s message” in the video is a genuine Doeskin advertisement from 1954.

 

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YouTube : Shorter Videos Now Eligible For Mid-Roll Ads!

YouTube just announced that shorter videos will not only be eligible for mid-roll ads, it will be turned on automatically!

 

YouTube Mid-Roll Ads : What Are They?

YouTube mid-roll ads are basically advertisements that load in the middle of a video, rather than at the beginning.

On desktops, you will see a 5 second countdown before a mid-roll ad appears.

On other platforms, you will see yellow markets in the video progress bar where such an ad may show up.

 

YouTube Mid-Roll Ads : What’s Changed?

In the past, YouTube only allowed mid-roll ads to be added to videos longer than 10 minutes.

This encouraged content creators to create longer videos, sometimes unnecessarily extending them to qualify for mid-roll ads.

Starting late July 2020, YouTube will reduce the threshold from 10 minutes to just 8 minutes. All videos longer than 8 minutes will be eligible for mid-roll ads.

On top of that, YouTube will automatically turn mid-roll ads for all qualifying videos, even those that opted out in the past.

By default, YouTube will use machine learning to find the most natural breaks in your videos to add these advertisements, but you can also adjust their placements manually.

Those who prefer not to participate can opt-out in YouTube Studio by 27 July 2020.

 

YouTube Mid-Roll Ads : What Does This Mean?

Content creators will be glad because it means they can better monetise their shorter videos.

On top of that, they are no longer incentivised to unnecessarily extend their videos just to qualify for these advertisements.

For viewers, this should hopefully result in better quality videos, in exchange for mid-roll advertisements that could interrupt your enjoyment of those videos.

But seriously – you can just skip the ads (if you really don’t want to support content creators), or opt for YouTube Premium.

While you are here, do consider subscribing to our YouTube channel! 😀

 

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Fact Check : White Cops Arrest Black Man, Finds He’s FBI!

A video showing white Minnesota police officers arresting a black man, only to discover that he’s really an FBI agent, has gone viral!

Take a look at the shocking video, and find out what the facts REALLY are…

 

White Cops Arrest Black Man, Finds He’s FBI!

People are sharing the shocking video of Minnesota police officers – all white – arresting a black man.

Many claimed that it happened last night, and that the police officers only backed off after they discovered that he was actually an FBI agent!

 

White Cops Arrest Black Man, Finds He’s FBI : The Facts!

While the video is genuine, the stories are completely untrue. Watch the video and our debunking! We will share the facts directly under the video.

Fact #1 : The Man Was Not An FBI Agent

If you watch the video carefully, you will note that the man never once identified himself as an FBI agent.

One of his friends also clarified that he was not an FBI agent, but a paramedic EMT.

Fact #2 : The Incident Happened One Year Ago

The incident involving Atter happened almost exactly a year ago – on 1 June 2019 at 1 AM.

The Rochester police officers thought he looked like someone with a warrant, and released him after they checked his ID and confirmed he wasn’t the person they were looking for.

The City of Rochester issued an official press release confirming this, as well as the fact that Atter was not an FBI agent.

Fact #3 : The OP Never Made Those Claims

The person (@thisisnike1) who released this video on Instagram, specifically did not claim that Atter was an FBI agent, and said that the video was over a year old :

“‪Somethin’ been telling me to hold on to this video over a year now, ok.”

This misleading use of a genuine video follows a slew of similar fake news about the George Floyd protests in the US :

So beware of similar fake posts, because they appear to be part of some disinformation campaign.

 

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Fake CARES Act YouTube Video Perpetuates COVID-19 Hoax

Even after it was exposed to be fake, the CARES Act video by High Impact Vlogs continues to be shared and circulated on WhatsApp, as evidence of a plot by governments to take greater control using COVID-19.

It is now obvious that the creator, Brian Young, is intentionally leaving it up there to gain views. And so, it is our responsibility to expose him for what he is – a creator of fake news.

 

Fake CARES Act Video by High Impact Vlogs

Brian Young of High Impact Vlogs posted a video on YouTube to prove that COVID-19 was a plandemic to let governments gain tighter control of their sheeple citizens.

It was based on a simple “misunderstanding” of the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act.

We won’t share that video with you because it’s full of lies, but here is a “high impact” screenshot from his video, which summarises his “evidence” of the COVID-19 plandemic.

 

Brian Refuses To Remove His Fake CARES Act Video

We had earlier debunked the CARES Act conspiracy theory in our article – Fact Check : CARES Act (HR 748) Proves COVID-19 Plot!

But even after he realised that he was wrong, Brian refused to take down his video, claiming that he wanted it to serve as an “example” of how he got it wrong.

He simply changed the title to “I GOT THIS WAY WRONG GUYS…PLEASE…READ the PINNED COMMENT” and posted a pinned comment that claims he got a huge part of the video wrong. He got it ALL wrong, for the record.

And it didn’t stop him from pitching to everyone to still support his cause.

However, his excuse for not taking down his fake video is facetious for two reasons :

  • he could easily take it down and post a new video with sections of his fake video, explaining how he got it wrong
  • he created an “apology video” that was mostly about excusing his mistake, and asserting other conspiracy theories

He continues to rake in thousands of views for that debunked video, which should have earned him a strike by YouTube.

Recommended : Fact Check : CARES Act Is Proof Of COVID-19 Plandemic?

 

People Still Don’t Know The CARES Act Video Is Fake!

Even though the title has been changed, people do not seem to notice it. Possibly because the video is being shared with adoring comments like :

美国政府未卜先知。
The US government has no known prophet.

Must watch this video. It shows that based on public documents…. etc, US goverment came out with an act to tackle Corona Virus way back in January 2019!!!

And

OMG ! This is probably, the most damaging vid of the year, for the US of A!

Trump signed the US$2.2T Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) on 27th March 2020.

Guess when the bill for the Act was TABLED in Congress? 24th January 2019!!! These bastards introduced the Bill in the House more than ONE YEAR AGO on 24/1/19!

Typically, Bills take more than a year to wind its way through Congress before it is finally passed into law and becomes an Act!

See the Congressional Records in the pix below. It shows the progress of the Bill, as it moves its way through the House Ways and Means Committee, all the way up to Debate in the House on 17/7/19, and after being passed in the House, continue winding it’s way up to the Senate for ratification before finally ending up on Trump’s desk for signing on 26/3/20.

Bloody Heck! The US knew in advance of the pandemic in 2019! That dumbass, Trump, may not know the details in 2019, but for sure CONGRESS KNEW!

So the coronavirus in Wuhan was bio-warfare and Trump was so confident that there’d be no problems in the US, because he must have been advised that the US was prepared, or that the US strain of the virus was mild, but it turned out to be false. In all likelihood, the Democrats wanted a full-blown crisis, as an excuse to topple the Trump.(Trump was so confident, he’d advised Americans not to wear masks)

So now, after the debacle, they have to resort to anti-China bashing, to divert attention! Who would ever guess that these politician-bastards in the US of A, can be soooo dastardly?

Meanwhile, High Impact Vlogs continues to rake in the views, and presumably – money and likes.

It sadly demonstrates that even bad publicity is publicity… so we doubt this kerfuffle will stop Brian from coming up with more BS videos.

The money is just too sweet…

 

Stop Supporting Fake News!

Conspiracy crackpots like Brian Young are usually very eloquent, but they are invariably wrong because they have no qualms lying, and often see causation where there is only correlation.

Please do your part to stop the creation and spread of fake news.

STOP supporting conspiracy crackpots.

STOP sharing their videos and articles.

 

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Skull Breaker Challenge Continues To Injure Children!

The damage caused by the Skull Breaker challenge on TikTok and other social media platforms cannot be understated. Even after TikTok was forced to ban those videos, the prank continues to injure children…

It did not help that many people thought it was a hoax, or dismissed it as a childish prank. So we decided to compile this list of injuries that have been confirmed to be attributed to the Skull Breaker challenge.

Please make sure you share this list out, so that parents and schools can warn children about the dangers and consequences of the Skull Breaker challenge.

 

The Skull Breaker Challenge Explained!

The tripping jump challenge appears to have originated in South America as the Skull Breaker Challenge on TikTok, so you may hear it referred to as Rompcráneos or Rasteira in Spanish.

Many people pooh-poohed the initial reports of the Skull Breaker TikTok challenge, claiming that it was a hoax.  But it quickly spread across the world, as kids and even adults try to record themselves pranking others with it.

The challenge is simple in concept, but takes two to play it and an innocent victim to trick.

  1. Trick the victim into thinking that the two of you want to record a slow-motion video of all three jumping.
  2. Set up a camera to record the action, or have someone record it for you.
  3. As the victim jumps, you both kick his / her legs, so the victim falls flat while you guys laugh.
  4. Share the video on TikTok for likes!

Although at least one girl died from the challenge, it took months of public outrage before TikTok agreed to remove all such videos from their platform.

 

Skull Breaker TikTok Challenge Continues To Injure Children!

While TikTok may have agreed to remove Skull Breaker videos when they find them, children (well, bullies) are apparently continuing with the challenge!

Either TikTok has not been particularly diligent, or the pranksters and influencers have given the challenge a new name. But the fact still remains – children continue to be victimised and injured by this stupid challenge.

We are also greatly concerned by some people who insist that this is an Internet hoax, or a mass hysteria event; and that parents and schools should not scare children with such silly tales.

Therefore, we decided to compile this public record of the injuries caused by the Skull Breaker TikTok challenge, so that there can be no doubt that the Skull Breaker TikTok challenge is REAL, and it continues to injure children.

11 November 2019 : Emanuela Medeiros (Killed)

16-year old Emanuela died after hitting her head on the ground during the Skull Breaker challenge (known then as the rasteira challenge) at the Antônio Fagundes Municipal School in Mossoró, Brazil.

Recommended : Skull Breaker Challenge Killed This Girl : Warn Your Kids!

Circa January 2020 : Lilian Calabianqui (NA)

Lilian was tricked into performing the Skull Breaker challenge by her own sons, the social media influencers who call themselves Irmaos Fuinha.

They were the ones who popularised the Skull Breaker challenge on TikTok, and arguably made it go global.

In their video, it was obvious that they knew about the danger and caught their mother before she hit her head on the floor.

Unfortunately, they did not warn the millions of young fans about that – and so, it set off a chain of injuries across the globe.

Recommended : Irmaos Fuinha : Thank These IDIOTS For Skull Breaker!

Late January 2020 : Marc and Stacy Shenker’s Son (Physical Therapy)

Marc and Stacy Shenker’s 13-year old son suffered a concussion in the Skull Breaker Challenge at the Cherry Hill middle school in New Jersey.

A month after that incident, he still complains of lethargy and headaches, and is on academic restriction. He is also starting physical therapy.

4 February 2020 : Unknown Student (NA)

The video of the Skull Breaker TikTok challenge being performed on a student at the Santo Tomas de Aquino School in Caracas, Venezuela went viral.

The very next day, the Chacao municipality posted this on Instagram, warning against the challenge :

4 February 2020 : Unknown Student (NA)

A 16-year old girl was bullied by two students into performing the challenge at the South Dade Senior High School :

According to the victim, two other students at the school asked her to jump as high as she could. One of the students jumped with her to see who could jump higher while the other stood off to the side.

“They kept asking me until I said yes,” the 16-year-old freshman said.

When the victim jumped, the two students swept her legs out from under her, causing her to fall backwards and hurt her neck and head.

“I jumped really high and I remember them kicking me off my feet and I fell on my head,” she said.

The two perpetrators including the student filming the challenge were disciplined, but the victim had to transfer to another school, and is currently being treated for her injuries.

5 February 2020 : Justin Hodson (Hospitalised)

Justin was tricked into the Skull Breaker TikTok challenge, and hit his back and head. He lost consciousness trying to get up, and fell forward, injuring his face as well.

He was hospitalised with a head injury, stitches to his face, severe cuts inside his mouth and two front teeth injured.

Recommended : Skull Breaker TikTok Challenge : One Mother’s Warning!

Early February 2020 : Olivia Ross

In Portland, Oregon, Olivia Ross was tricked into performing the Skull Breaker challenge by two upperclassmen seniors at the Mountainside High School. She blacked out and had a headache after hitting her head :

“These seniors asked me if I would jump for their TikTok video. I remember like blacking out for a second and I started to get like an instant pressure headache,” Ross said.

You can clearly see from the screenshot below, that the two school seniors then posted the video on TikTok.

Olivia’s mother, Lindsay Zobrist, pointed out that anyone who types “Skull Breaking Challenge” or “Jumping Prank” or “Jump Trip” into TikTok will see hundreds of such videos.

11 February 2020 : Parker Smith (Broken Arm)

12-year old Parker Smith from Alabama broke both the radius and ulna bones of his right arm, after being tricked into participating in the Skull Breaker Challenge.

14 February 2020 : Aubrey Ortiz (Hospitalised)

12-year old Aubrey Ortiz from the South Brook Middle School was tricked by a boy and a girl at her school, who asked her to “learn a dance”.

“They kicked my legs over, and (one girl) grabbed my legs and slammed them to the ground,” Ortiz said. “I went numb and couldn’t do anything. I struggled getting up.”

23 February 2020 : Kathleen DeJesus (Hospitalised)

13-year old Kathleen DeJesus was targeted at the Lawrence Massachusetts Middle School, and spent two days in the hospital for a severe concussion :

“I was screaming that I needed an ambulance,” said Kathleen. “I was thinking like ‘Oh my God I’m going to lose my life over this game.’ I should have never done it.”

25 February 2020 : Ke’Avion Hearn (Hospitalised)

Ke’Avion Hearn – a brain cancer survivor – was tricked into performing the challenge, and knocked unconscious by his classmates at the Southeast Arkansas Preparatory High School :

“They said all you go to do is jump,” Ke’Avion recalled. He says he never knew what those classmates were about to do to him.

“I jumped, they kind of kicked me out under my legs so I can’t land,” he said. “All I remember is being on the floor.”

His mother, Kimberly Hearn said, “He doesn’t deserve that, no child deserves that. You made him fall on his head. That’s got to be so cruel, and you found it to be so funny.”

Hearn pointed out that getting hit on the head was even more dangerous for Ke’Avion, who underwent multiple surgeries and chemotherapy a few years ago for a large brain tumour.

 

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How To Get FREE YouTube Premium With Samsung Devices!

Samsung just gave practically all Galaxy smartphone and tablet users FREE YouTube Premium access!

In this guide, we will give you the full details of this great freebie, and how to activate your FREE YouTube Premium access!

 

What Is YouTube Premium?

YouTube Premium, formerly YouTube Red, is the paid subscription version of the YouTube we all love.

For a monthly fee of US$11.99 / RM 17.90, you get to enjoy these benefits :

  • YouTube videos without advertisements
  • music streaming on YouTube Music Premium and Google Play Music services without advertisements
  • exclusive original YouTube Premium content
  • access to audio from YouTube videos on the YouTube Music app
  • downloading videos for offline playback
  • background playback of videos on mobile devices
  • picture-in-picture mode on Android Oreo or newer devices

 

FREE YouTube Premium With Your Samsung Galaxy Device!

Samsung is offering up to 4 months of FREE YouTube Premium (including YouTube Music) subscriptions for all Samsung Galaxy devices :

FREE 4 Months of
YouTube Premium
FREE 2 Months of
YouTube Premium
Samsung Galaxy Note10
Samsung Galaxy Note10+
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Galaxy S10+
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
All other Samsung Galaxy devices
purchased and activated
between
20 Feb 2019 until 29 Feb 2020

 

How To Get FREE YouTube Premium With Samsung Devices!

This is how you can redeem your FREE YouTube Premium account for your Samsung Galaxy devices :

  1. Open the YouTube app in your Samsung Galaxy device
  2. Go to Account.
  3. Tap on YouTube Premium.
  4. Tap on Try It For Free.
  5. Complete your purchase

That’s it! You can now enjoy YouTube videos and music without interruption, with the ability to download and play them offline!

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 | S10+ | S10e : Where To Buy

Samsung Galaxy S10e MY SG US UK AU
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128 GB, Prism White RM 2,699 S$1,078 $749.99 £509.99 A$961
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Samsung Galaxy S10 MY SG US UK AU
128 GB, Prism Black RM 3,299 S$1,298 $899.00 £599.49 A$1,297
128 GB, Prism White RM 3,299 S$1,298 $899.99 £629.98 A$1,297
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128 GB, Prism Blue $899.00
128 GB, Flamingo Pink $899.99
512 GB, Prism Black £809.00 A$1,349
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1 TB, Ceramic Black RM 5,999 S$2,198 $1,599.99 £859.99
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Samsung Galaxy Note10 | Note10+ : Where To Buy

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256 GB, Aura Glow RM 3,699 S$1,298 £860.06 A$1,198
256 GB, Aura Pink RM 3,699 S$1,298
256 GB, Aura Black RM 3,699 S$1,298 $749.99 £774.00
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Samsung Galaxy Note10+ MY SG US UK AU
256 GB, Aura Glow RM 4,199 S$1,598 $899.99 £922.98 A$1,499
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512 GB, Aura Glow RM 4,799 S$1,898 £1,199
512 GB, Aura White RM 4,799 S$1,898
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e | Tab S6 : Where To Buy

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64 GB, WiFi, Black RM 1,999 S$1,298 $369 £329 A$645
64 GB, WiFi, Gold RM 1,999 S$1,298
64 GB, WiFi, Silver £328.99 A$639
128 GB, WiFi, Black £389
128 GB, WiFi, Gold $477.99
128 GB, WiFi, Silver £388.49 A$648
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 MY SG US UK AU
128 GB, WiFi, Grey S$998 $549.99 £553.47 A$798
128 GB, WiFi, Blue $549.99 £658.49 A$798
128 GB, WiFi, Rose S$998 £549
128 GB, LTE, Grey RM 3,099 S$1,098 £639 A$1,286
128 GB, LTE, Blue RM 3,099 £728 A$998
128 GB, LTE, Rose RM 3,099 S$1,098 £639
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256 GB, LTE, Rose S$1,298 £709
512 GB, Aura Black RM 4,799 S$1,898 $939.99 £1,099

 

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How To Join Facebook Ad Breaks + Make Money!

Facebook has now made Ad Breaks available in 40 countries and 17 languages, greatly expanding the program to more publishers and creators globally.

Find out how you too can join the Facebook Ad Breaks program and make some money off your videos!

Ad Breaks Program Eligibility

The Facebook Ad Breaks program is starting with rather high requirements, compared to YouTube :

  • Pass and remain compliant with Facebook’s Monetisation Eligibility Standards.
  • Publish from a Page (not a profile) with at least 10,000 followers.
  • Have generated at least 30,000 one-minute views on videos that are at least 3 minutes long in the last 60 days.
  • Be at least 18 years old.

You can check if you are eligible in Creator Studio :

  1. Log in to your Creator Studio.
  2. In the Monetisation box, click Check Eligibility.
  3. Review your status under Monetisation Eligibility Standards.

You can also check if you are eligible in your Page Insights :

  1. Go the Page you want to check.
  2. Click the Insights tab at the top of the Page.
  3. Click Videos in the left hand menu.
  4. Under Ad breaks access, click View.

What Countries Are Eligible?

As of 4 January 2018, this program is available in these 40 countries :

Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States

What Languages Are Eligible?

As of 4 January 2018, this program is available in these 17 languages :

Arabic, Bengali, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Indonesia, Korean, Malay, Malayalam, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai

Where Do I Sign Up?

To sign up for the program, click fb.me/joinadbreaks, and log into your Facebook account.

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How To Add Ad Breaks To New Videos

You have to use Facebook Creator Studio to add Ad Breaks to new videos.

  1. In Creator Studio, upload a new video by selecting Video from the Home tab.
  2. After you have uploaded your new video, you can select Ad breaks in the video composer.

There are two insertion options :

Automatic Placements

  • The automatic placement feature is on by default, which means ad breaks will be added to your videos automatically.
  • The automatic placements feature will find the best natural cue point for an ad break in your content while trying to maximise your earnings.
  • The automatic placement feature works best if your video has been structured to accommodate an ad break.

Manual Placements

  • You can add cue points in your videos to signify where you’d like ad breaks to be placed.
  • You can start placing cues after the 60-second mark of your video.
  • You must leave at least 120 seconds between each cue point.
  • Facebook may not be able to fill every cue point you suggest.
  • Viewers will see ads at different points in your video depending on the last time they saw one.

After you finish adding your ad breaks, select Publish. That’s it!

How To Add Ad Breaks To Existing Videos

You have to use Facebook Creator Studio to add Ad Breaks to your existing videos.

  1. Select Monetisation in the left navigation.
  2. Select Ad breaks in the drop-down menu and then choose a video from the list.
  3. Select Edit video.
  4. From the video composer, select Ad breaks from the right-hand menu. From there, add your ad breaks using the steps listed above.

How To Know If My Videos Are Being Monetised?

To make it easy for you to know which of your videos are being monetised, Facebook uses four coloured icons called monetisation statuses :

  • Blue : the video is being reviewed against the Monetisation Eligibility Standards. Based on this review, Facebook will determine whether the video is eligible for monetisation. Videos may be able to earn limited revenue from ad breaks while under review, but won’t be fully cleared for monetisation until the review is complete.
  • Green : the video is eligible for monetisation, and you can now earn money from this content.
  • Yellow: the video has been reviewed against the Facebook Monetisation Eligibility Standards and has been identified as not being advertiser friendly.
  • A grey icon means you did not enable ad breaks for that video.

Note that it takes 24-48 hours for Facebook to review a video.

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New YouTube Live Streaming Features Announced!

YouTube just announced new YouTube Live streaming features, including new ways to watch live videos and interact with the community in real time!

In this article, YouTube shares with us the details of the new YouTube Live features. Check them out!

 

New YouTube Live Streaming Features

Catching up on the latest

Live chat plays a key role in creating connections between creators and their community. Today we are starting to roll out chat replay to YouTube, so you can follow the conversation even after a live stream is over. Live chat replays will show up alongside the video, exactly as it appeared live.

Making live streams more accessible

We launched automatic captions back in 2009, and since then, we’ve auto-captioned a staggering 1 billion videos. We’re now bringing English automatic captions to live streams.

When professionally provided captions aren’t available, our new live automatic captions provide creators a quick and inexpensive way to make live streams accessible to more people.

With our live automatic speech recognition (LASR) technology, you’ll get captions with error rates and latency approaching industry standards. We’ll roll this out in the coming weeks, and will continue to improve accuracy and latency of automatic captions.

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More fun features for live streamers

Creators can now add a location tag to their mobile live streams and video uploads and share all their favorite hot spots with viewers. You can explore other videos with the same location tag by simply clicking on it. You can also use the location filter on the search results page to find other videos from a specific spot.

Last year, we introduced a way for Super Chats to trigger real life events. Now creators can set this up for their channels using IFTTT (If This, Then That). Over 600 internet-connected services and devices (like lights, pet feeders and confetti cannons!) can be connected to Super Chat. Super Chat is already available on desktop and Android devices, with support for iOS devices rolling out starting today.

With live streams, you’ve found more intimate and spontaneous ways to share your thoughts, lives, and creativity. Take these features for a spin and show us your world!

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Safer Internet Day : Google’s Tips To Stay Safe Online!

To celebrate Safer Internet Day, Google shared these tips on how to stay safe online! Don’t forget to share this with your family and friends!

We know that keeping your information safe and private is important to you, which is why we’ve baked security features into all our products. We’ve also developed technologies to help keep the broader internet safe, too.

Whether you’re using Gmail, Android, YouTube, or are simply browsing the web, here are some of the tools and features that you can be confident will help you keep safe:

 

Safer Internet Tip #1 : Personalize your account security

The Security Checkup provides a clear security status and personalized recommendations to strengthen your account security. A green check mark means you’re good to go, and a yellow or red exclamation point means there’s at least one issue for you to take care of.

Safer Internet Tip #2 : Look out for automatic warnings

Spotting phishing scams or dangerous websites can be a challenge, even for savvy web users. Our automated systems detect and warn you about sites with malware, or attempts to phish you. Just keep an eye out for our warnings and follow the instructions—we’ve got you covered.

Safer Internet Tip #3 : Protect your Google account with two-factor authentication

Secure your email inbox by activating 2-step verification. With this feature, you’ll need a password and a verification code that’s sent to your mobile phone to be able to get into your inbox. Enroll in 2-step verification here to add an extra layer of security your account.

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Safer Internet Tip #4 : Download apps on Google Play for peace of mind on your Android

If you’re an Android user, the safest place to download apps is from the Google Play store. Google Play Protect checks apps and your device around the clock to keep out malicious programs and makes sure you have the latest in mobile security protection.

In 2017 alone, we took down more than 700,000 apps that violated Google Play policies, 70% more than the apps taken down in 2016. Google Play Protect is the ideal security blanket for your mobile device, so can you consider yourself and your data covered.

Google Play Protect is also there to help you if you ever misplace your phone. Visit android.com/find to locate, ring, lock and erase your Android devices—phones, tablets, and even watches.

Safer Internet Tip #5 : You too can help keep YouTube safe

YouTube has always allowed people like you and me to report content we think is inappropriate. Once you’ve flagged a video, it’s submitted for review to YouTube staff who then carefully look at the content to determine whether there’s a violation of YouTube’s Community Guidelines to see if it should be removed. You can also flag individual comments under any video for abuse or spam.

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YouTube Gets Ready To Kill Off Small & Budding Creators

YouTube is preparing to cut off monetisation opportunities for small and budding video creators. Those who don’t make their new requirements by 20 February 2018, will be removed from their YouTube Partner Program.

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What Is The YouTube Partner Program?

The YouTube Partner Program allows video creators to earn some money off their work, by adding YouTube ads to their uploaded videos. They also earn money when YouTube Red subscribers watch their videos.

Not everyone can join the YouTube Partner Program. You have to meet their minimum requirements before you are allowed to start monetising the videos you upload to YouTube.

 

What Changed?

Back in April of 2017, YouTube set the eligibility requirement of 10,000 lifetime views. That means the videos in your channel must accumulate at least 10,000 views before you can start monetising them.

On 16 January 2018, they hiked up that eligibility requirement significantly, requiring your channel to have :

  • a minimum of 1,000 subscribers, and
  • at least 4,000 hours / 240,000 minutes watched in the previous 12 months

Those who are already in the YouTube Partner Program were given just 30 days to comply with those requirements, or get kicked off the program.

You can read more about the YouTube Partner Program changes in the next page.

 

The Problem With This Change

Racking up 4,000 hours or 240,000 minutes watched in the previous 12 months is not difficult. Even small-timers can hit that target, if they make good videos. They don’t have make many videos. They just have to make good videos that resonate with people.

The biggest problem creators will have is racking up 1,000 subscribers. It is arguably easy for those who focus on light, fun material… and difficult for those who choose weightier material. In other words – kitten videos will get more subscribers than videos on social issues and even technology.

The minimum subscriber requirement will likely push new and budding video creators to shift to mass appeal content (fake news, cat videos and pranks), and lower quality but more frequent content.

 

Why Did YouTube Make These Changes?

In a blog post, they listed out some reasons:

  • We’ve arrived at these new thresholds after thorough analysis and conversations with creators like you.
  • They will allow us to significantly improve our ability to identify creators who contribute positively to the community and help drive more ad revenue to them (and away from bad actors).
  • These higher standards will also help us prevent potentially inappropriate videos from monetizing which can hurt revenue for everyone.

Notwithstanding our opinions on the change, we find those reasons rather ludicrous :

  • We have no idea who YouTube was talking to, since we never received a survey to opine on the matter. They were probably only talking to their top creators.
  • We find their focus on identifying “creators who contribute positively to the community” ironic since they don’t seem to punish those who spread fake news, and some of their biggest stars (like Logan Paul) continue to get rich on YouTube by being assholes.
  • Subscription numbers and watch times are measures of POPULARITY, not QUALITY or VALUE to the community. That’s why Logan Paul has almost 16 million subscribers, while CNN only has just over 2.6 million subscribers.

 

YouTube : They’re Not Making Much Money Anyway

YouTube pointed out that “99% of those affected were making less than $100 per year in the last year, with 90% earning less than $2.50 in the last month“.

In our opinion, that is a perfectly legit reason. Why should YouTube spend resources serving ads to low traffic channels? Besides, it won’t matter much to them since they earn so little.

That is why we personally have no issues with YouTube’s new requirement of 4,000 watch hours. That’s similar to their previous requirement of 10,000 views, just set to a much higher level.

 

The Subscriber Requirement Is Unfair & Pointless

The only change we feel is grossly unfair to small and budding creators is the requirement to have 1,000 subscribers. This requirement penalises those who don’t have a prolific output, because people are less likely to subscribe to a channel with low frequency of updates.

Yet it doesn’t mean that these small or budding creators can’t create videos that appeal to many people, and get hundreds of thousands of views. Take, for example, this video on a LEGO Nexo Knights exhibition by The Rojak Pot.

There is no doubt that this video contributes “positively to the community“. It’s certainly not Blade Runner, but we do believe it’s a far more “positive” contribution to the community, than the crap Paul Logan serves to his 15+ million subscribers.

That video alone racked up over 3,100 watch hours and almost 150,000 views. If we posted just two of such videos, we would more than meet the minimum requirement for watch hours.

Yet The Rojak Pot’s YouTube channel has just 307 subscribers. That is nowhere close to meeting the new requirement for monetisation. In other words – all of their videos will cease to generate income, even if they rack up hundreds of thousands of views.

 

Our Personal Opinion

Personally, we think that a minimum requirement for VIEWS or WATCH HOURS is a good idea. YouTube should not have to spend resources on low-traffic channels.

The minimum requirement for SUBSCRIBERS, on the other hand, is not only unfair, it does not help them identify “creators who contribute positively to the community“.

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It only incentivises the community to focus on fluff and nonsensical but entertaining videos. Remember how Logan Paul has SIX TIMES as many subscribers as CNN?

If YouTube drops the subscriber requirement, they will free small and budding creators to focus on creating better videos. It will also allow them to focus on the community niches that interest them, rather than trying to appeal to as many people as possible.

YouTube should want a diverse range of creators focused on different niches, rather than a more homogenous group of creators making basically the same type of content – all designed for mass appeal.

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The YouTube Partner Program Changes

On January 16, 2018, we announced new eligibility requirements for the YouTube Partner Program. Previously, the requirement to join the YouTube Partner Program was 10,000 lifetime views. Now, once a channel reaches 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers it will be reviewed to join the program.

If your application is currently pending review

The new requirement applies to channels that are currently awaiting review to be in the YouTube Partner Program:

  • If you meet the new threshold, your pending application will be reviewed in the next few weeks.
  • If you do not yet meet the new threshold, your application will be reviewed once your channels reaches 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers (the new threshold).

If you’re currently part of the YouTube Partner Program

The new requirement applies to existing channels who are currently part of the YouTube Partner Program:

  • If your channel meets the threshold, you will remain in the YouTube Partner Program.
  • If your channel is below the threshold, you’ll have until February 20, 2018, before your channel is removed from the YouTube Partner Program. The YouTube Creator Academy has many tips on building your channel, such as how to make great original content and growing your audience.
  • If your channel reaches the new threshold by February 20, 2018, you will automatically stay in the program (you do not need to re-apply).

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Additional Changes to the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) to Better Protect Creators

by Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer and Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer

2017 marked a tough year for many of you, with several issues affecting our community and the revenue earned from advertising through the YouTube Partner Program (YPP). Despite those issues more creators than ever are earning a living on YouTube, with the number of channels making over six figures up over 40% year-over-year. In 2018, a major focus for everyone at YouTube is protecting our creator ecosystem and ensuring your revenue is more stable.

As Susan mentioned in December, we’re making changes to address the issues that affected our community in 2017 so we can prevent bad actors from harming the inspiring and original creators around the world who make their living on YouTube. A big part of that effort will be strengthening our requirements for monetization so spammers, impersonators, and other bad actors can’t hurt our ecosystem or take advantage of you, while continuing to reward those who make our platform great.

Back in April of 2017, we set a YPP eligibility requirement of 10,000 lifetime views. While that threshold provided more information to determine whether a channel followed our community guidelines and policies, it’s been clear over the last few months that we need a higher standard.

Starting today we’re changing the eligibility requirement for monetization to 4,000 hours of watchtime within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. We’ve arrived at these new thresholds after thorough analysis and conversations with creators like you. They will allow us to significantly improve our ability to identify creators who contribute positively to the community and help drive more ad revenue to them (and away from bad actors). These higher standards will also help us prevent potentially inappropriate videos from monetizing which can hurt revenue for everyone.

On February 20th, 2018, we’ll also implement this threshold across existing channels on the platform, to allow for a 30 day grace period. On that date, channels with fewer than 1,000 subs or 4,000 watch hours will no longer be able to earn money on YouTube. When they reach 1,000 subs and 4,000 watch hours they will be automatically re-evaluated under strict criteria to ensure they comply with our policies. New channels will need to apply, and their application will be evaluated when they hit these milestones.

Though these changes will affect a significant number of channels, 99% of those affected were making less than $100 per year in the last year, with 90% earning less than $2.50 in the last month. Any of the channels who no longer meet this threshold will be paid what they’ve already earned based on our AdSense policies. After thoughtful consideration, we believe these are necessary compromises to protect our community.

Of course, size alone is not enough to determine whether a channel is suitable for monetization, so we’ll continue to use signals like community strikes, spam, and other abuse flags to ensure we’re protecting our creator community from bad actors. As we continue to protect our platform from abuse, we want to remind all of you to follow YouTube’s Community Guidelines, Monetization Basics & Policies, Terms of Service, and Google AdSense program policies, as violating any of these may lead to removal from the YouTube Partner Program.

While this change will tackle the potential abuse of a large but disparate group of smaller channels, we also know that the bad action of a single, large channel can also have an impact on the community and how advertisers view YouTube. We’ll be working to schedule conversations with our creators in the months ahead so we can hear your thoughts and ideas and what more we can do to tackle that challenge.

One of YouTube’s core values is to provide anyone the opportunity to earn money from a thriving channel, and while our policies will evolve over time, our commitment to that value remains. Those of you who want more details around this change, or haven’t yet reached this new 4,000 hour/1,000 subscriber threshold can continue to benefit from our Creator Academy, our Help Center, and all the resources on the Creator Site to grow your channels.

Even though 2017 was a challenging year, thanks to creators like you, it was full of the moments that make YouTube such a special place. Creators large and small, established and emerging, transformed their talent and originality into videos that captivated over a billion people around the world. They made us laugh, taught us about our world and warmed our hearts. We’re confident the steps we’re taking today will help protect and grow our inspiring community well into the future.

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The Top 10 Rising Malaysian YouTubers In 2017 Revealed!

Kuala Lumpur, December 8, 2017 – YouTube Malaysia today released its leaderboard of 2017’s top rising YouTubers in Malaysia. This list presents the 10 local YouTube creators and channels that saw the largest spike in subscriber growth throughout the year and celebrates these mostly young and super talented individuals and groups that keep us entertained, informed and best of all — make us think.

 

The Top 10 Rising Malaysian YouTubers In 2017

The top three YouTubers share similarities in that they combine humour, excitement and almost everything else on their channels. Bryson Lew’s many daring experiments and hilarious challenges were the catalyst for his 19x growth over this calendar year, with scenarios such as eating rusted faucets and blowing up a giant bubble wrap whetting his viewers’ appetite.

HXA Entertainment, on the other hand, has their unique brand of pillow talk to thank for their 13x growth while couple Iven & Sandy’s 7x growth was driven by naughty pranks and entertaining vlogs.

The rest of the Top 10 mine a similar vein, offering a mix of horror, crafts and food to travel, how-tos and opinion videos from both individuals and groups that look to push creativity to the forefront and add a distinct Malaysian flavour to the online video platform.

The top rising Malaysian YouTubers of 2017 are:

YouTube creator Channel description Subscriber growth multiplier in 2017
Bryson Lew A blend of regularly scheduled vlogs, pranks and experiments. 18.96x growth with 310,000+ subs and counting
HXA Entertainment Pillow-talk mixed in with pranks and challenges. 12.99x growth with 155,000+ subs and counting
阿源与沙子 Iven&Sandy A couple-led channel with a unique take on pranks and challenges. 7.44x growth with 231,000+ subs and counting
Kupi Kupi GO Top 10 lists of facts, horror tales, and everything in between. 6.27x growth with 105,000+ subs and counting
CodyHongTV A mixed bag of vlogs, skits, pranks and challenges. 5.97x growth with 481,000+ subs and counting
Wong Pang Zhen Travel vlogs interspersed with gaming, challenges and dares. 5.81x growth with 75,000+ subs and counting
Skymagenta Craft A do-it-yourself channel for homemade craft. 5.68x growth with 81,000+ subs and counting
Zukiemohamad A jack of all trades famous for his comedic acts. 5.61x growth with 77,000+ subs and counting
JerryOppa Tempts fate with his comedic and paranormal-focused challenges. 5.57x growth with 95,000+ subs and counting
Findy Yong Showcases her musical talent and tackling trending challenges. 5.45x growth with 159,000+ subs and counting

“Our YouTubers offer a snapshot of just how original, creative and innovative Malaysians can get when provided with an effective platform and the right tools,” said Zeffri Yusof, Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Google Malaysia. “Their channels reveal what Malaysians and their international subscribers want when they go to YouTube, and as a result we all get to enjoy a mixed bag that ranges from humour to horror and from rants to social commentary and almost everything in between.”

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Maxis 4G-LTE Advanced On The Samsung Galaxy S8

The new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ (Amazon | Lazada) have just arrived, and now Maxis customers can enjoy the fastest phone on the fastest network. With Maxis 4G-LTE Advanced, customers will experience more than 50x faster speeds than the average mobile Internet speed in Malaysia on their Samsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada).

 

Maxis 4G-LTE Advanced On The Samsung Galaxy S8

The LTE Advanced (LTE-A) standard allows for download speeds of up to 150 Mbps – about 15X the average speed (10 Mbps) of Internet broadband in Malaysia.

You can download movies, stream videos faster and more, whether indoors or outdoors, on the amsung Galaxy S8 (Amazon | Lazada) with Maxis 4G-LTE Advanced. Maxis claims it also guarantees zero buffering on YouTube HD 98% of the time.

Maxis 4G-LTE Advanced is currently available to more than 40% of Malaysians, with more sites being built every day.

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Maxis 4G LTE tops YouTube Video Checkup Test in all states

Kuala Lumpur, 27 March 2017 – Maxis has emerged as the telco that consistently delivers smooth high-definition (HD) video streaming, according to YouTube’s Video Checkup tool. This web tool, which was officially launched last week in Malaysia only, provides YouTube users with a score of different telcos in a specific area based on YouTube playback quality.

 

The Maxis 4G LTE Video Checkup Test Results

The results for Maxis’ network performance showed clear leadership across the country :

“Malaysians love the Internet and we believe in delighting our customers with a great mobile Internet experience. This is why Maxis continues to make significant investments to strengthen our network infrastructure so customers can enjoy a differentiated 4G experience on their phones, These results show that HD video streaming is better with Maxis No. 1 4G,” said Morten Bangsgaard, Maxis’ Chief Technology Officer.

He added, “We are glad that such a diagnostic tool has been launched. It provides transparency of different network experiences, and gives users a clear and reliable measure that comes from the aggregation of YouTube data that is gathered from actual user experience.”

The top ratings for buffer speeds on Maxis 4G LTE across 14 states is unequivocal:

According to YouTube, a rating of 4.0 stars is the highest possible rating at this time, as 4.5+ stars are reserved for future technology that support higher bandwidth video such as Virtual Reality (VR) and 360-degree videos.

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The increased use of video has driven a growing demand for Maxis mobile data, which doubled from 1.5GB last year to 4.0GB per month in 2016. There was also a tremendous growth in the penetration of 4G-enabled devices, which increased to 43% of total Maxis subscribers in 2016. Maxis 4G traffic grew 7 times in 2016 mainly used for good quality video streaming.

According to a statement released by Google, “Today, most viewers of YouTube in Malaysia primarily watch videos from their smartphones, with two thirds of Malaysia’s YouTube watchtime coming from mobile devices. Much of this on-the-go watchtime comes from consumers using mobile data plans. The growth momentum for this trend looks strong, as mobile watchtime in Malaysia grew by 84% over this past year.”

 

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YouTube HDR App Now Available On 2016 Samsung TVs

21 December 2016Samsung Electronics today announced that it will support YouTube’s global HDR playback on television for the first time, through an expanded version of the YouTube application. The YouTube Application is available on all 2016 Samsung Quantum dot TVs and UHD TVs and will launch progressively throughout the world from December.

 

YouTube HDR app to offer the ultimate HDR viewing experience on 2016 Samsung TVs

YouTube will support High Dynamic Range (HDR) video streaming, offering a wide range of HDR content. Launched through an automatic software update, consumers who use all 2016 Samsung Quantum dot TV and UHD TVs can access HDR content simply by visiting the HDR category within the YouTube application on YouTube’s 4K channel, providing an easy way to navigate and enjoy premium content.

“With the global availability of YouTube’s HDR, we at Samsung are thrilled to support the best HDR viewing experience and a wide range of HDR content for users to enjoy,” said Seline Han, Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We are confident that our TVs will bring to life an immersive HDR viewing experience — all from the comfort of our users’ homes.”

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To coincide with the launch, the YouTube application will feature new HDR videos from popular YouTube content creators, such as MysteryGuitarMan and Jacob + Katie Schwarz. To ensure the proliferation of new HDR content, additional YouTube creators will be able to utilize the YouTube Spaces LA and NYC, which provide HDR production resources to content creators.

With a growing number of HDR content providers, as well as the numerous creators already producing HDR video content, the YouTube HDR support is expected to introduce more genre offerings in the coming year and satisfy user demand for a true-to-life viewing experience on the content they enjoy the most.

“We are thrilled to announce the launch of HDR support on Samsung’s Quantum dot TVs,” said Heather Thompson Rivera, Director of Product Partnerships at YouTube. “By combining Samsung’s commitment to picture quality and our desire to offer the best content available, we will work together to build a strong ecosystem that improves HDR content creation and allows users to enjoy more diverse content in the best quality possible.”

Emerging as one of the most sought after display technologies in the last few years, HDR is an image reproduction technology that analyzes the contrast ratio of a video to help express even the most subtle differences in shades and tones of color. Paired with Samsung’s Quantum dot TV, the picture that is produced appears more realistic and life-like on screen. In addition, Samsung’s Quantum dot TVs have the capacity to generate peak brightness of 1,000 nits, optimized for the most ideal HDR viewing experience.

 

 

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