YouTube Revamps TV Shows Page For India; Now Offers 19,000-plus Episodes
YouTube, Google Inc's video website, has revamped its TV Shows page for Indian viewers. The updated page features various shows from Indian broadcasters and the company claims to offer more than 19,000 full episodes from 300 programmes in six different languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati and Punjabi. Most of the broadcasters like Sony Entertainment Television (SET), Colors, ImagineTV, Star India and VikatanTV already have their own channels on the site and YouTube has gone ahead to consolidate those in the updated page.
"India is one of the world's largest producers of TV shows. With more than 400 terrestrial and local channels available, Indians often face the challenging question: What am I going to watch? We wanted to offer our Indian viewers an updated 'Shows' page to help you better follow shows you love and discover new favourites," read a post on the official YouTube blog.
The programs are listed under different categories like action & adventure, beauty & fashion, classic TV, comedy, drama, entertainment, food, health & fitness, learning & education, news, reality shows & game shows, science fiction and soaps. A category called 'other languages' is also available and it basically offers various shows in regional (Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, etc.) as well as international languages (Korean, French, English, Russian and so on).
Some of the popular shows currently available on the page include Bade Acche Lagte Hai, Balika Vadhu, Ramayan, CID, Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev and Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah. As of now, Colors and SET are the most dominant channels on the page. Users can subscribe to their favourite channels and can also share those on popular social networks like Facebook and Google+.
The top episodes (most probably according to the number of views) are also featured on the page. A separate section for the latest uploads is also present and uploads are pretty up-to-date as most of the latest uploads happen to be the last aired episodes. This clearly indicates that broadcasters are taking the online space very seriously now. So don't be surprised to see many more broadcasters on the page in the coming months.
YouTube has recently added four new Indian languages- Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu -- to the website, taking the total number of languages available on the website to 58. Also, as of February this year, YouTube is streaming 4 billion online videos every day and roughly 60 hours of video is uploaded on the site every minute.