YouTube’s new video sharing feature is available first in Canada. Google started testing the feature last week. YouTube users will notice a new “shared” tab appear within the Android and iOS mobile app which allows those signed into their Google accounts to add friends and family as contacts, giving them an easier way to share videos as well as an additional chat outlet. According to the company, Canadians share videos 15 per cent more than other global users.
DHX Media’s WildBrain online kids’ network continues to make inroads as a YouTube influencer. WildBrain has been appointed the exclusive global manager of Moose Toys’ YouTube channels for the Shopkins, Happy Places, Grossery Gang and Twozies brands.
WildBrain will focus on growing watch times, views and revenue.
Facebook was the top non-TV news source during the U.S. election, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. Eight per cent of Clinton voters and seven per cent of Trump voters named Facebook as their main source of election news. Pew found 40 per cent of Trump voters surveyed, cited Fox News Channel as their main source of campaign news, trailed by CNN with eight per cent. CNN was the top news source named by Clinton supporters at 18 per cent, double that of secondary choice MSNBC.
A one-day conference entitled Digital Media at the Crossroads is happening at the University of Toronto this Saturday, Jan. 28. Speakers include Wattpad founder and CEO Allen Lau, BuzzAngle Music CEO Jim Lidestri, Canadian Media Producers Association president and CEO Reynolds Mastin and CRTC chief consumer officer Barbara Motzney. Speakers will address technological disruption in the digital media sector, how to find and measure digital content, consumption and dollars, and the development of creative clusters.