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YouTube launches mobile site

YouTube launches mobile site

Just in case you didn't get enough of that dog chasing those balloons, now it's available anywhere.

Can't live without access to YouTube's collection of hilarious user-generated content, but have Real World commitments that drag you away from your desk? Fear not; the video-streaming giant has now launched a version especially for use on mobile phones.

Accessible via http://m.youtube.com, the site currently only supports certain 3G handsets that have the ability to stream .3GP video content Which means it's really nothing more than the standard YouTube site with a smaller interface and RTSP instead of Flash for the video streaming.

The company has announced that a Java-based applet which will allow more basic phones to stream their little hearts out is under development, though they haven't yet offered a timescale on when such a thing might be released.

The first time you access the site you'll receive a sternly worded warning that “YouTube Mobile is a data intensive application”, and the suggestion that “you upgrade to an unlimited data plan with your mobile service provider to avoid additional charges.” Let's face it, with the per-kilobyte charging of some non-data-specific tariffs it's good advice.

If you're on an all-you-can-eat data plan and have a phone capable of running RTSP streams in the browser it's certainly worth checking out, but I can't help but feel that it's destined to be no more than a passing phase. After all, how often are you out and about and think to yourself “if only I had access to a video of a dog eating balloons right now”?

Do you think it's a brave new world of always-connected video streamery, or is it just another step in YouTube's long, long road to profitability? Share your thoughts over in the forums and share your favourite viral videos.

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rhuitron 25th January 2008, 09:18 Quote
I MUST KNOW where that video is.
I ALWAYS need a video of a dog eating balloons!!!!!


Anyways, Cool beans and all.
But That sucks for Nor Cal.

Out here in Nor Cal, The newest phone from Nokia is the N75 with cingular. Which is a good enough phone, but we don't get the updates that the N80 gets. Because it is a cheap knock off of the N80.

But Hope fully, I will be able to hit this site. Solely Because of the Dog eating balloons!
Shadow_101 25th January 2008, 09:51 Quote
bah youtube /of to check video of dog chasing balloons...
quack 25th January 2008, 10:22 Quote
The mobile version has been around for a while, but only allowed access to a very small subset of the videos. Now every single one is available to view, and there is also a Java based application for certain mobiles (Nokia N73, N95, E65, 6110, 6120 & SonyEricsson K800, W880).

I've install the app, but so far I've not been able to stream anything. So far emTube (for S60 3rd edition phones) is a lot better.
Hugo 25th January 2008, 10:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Story
After all, how often are you out and about and think to yourself “if only I had access to a video of a dog eating balloons right now”?
All the time.
DXR_13KE 25th January 2008, 12:01 Quote
windows mobile phone + wifi + htc phone = win.
BioSniper 25th January 2008, 12:16 Quote
Three Mobile in the UK have been offering this for aaages. It was even a pre-made bookmark on my phone that I bought a few months back.
f00dl3 25th January 2008, 13:14 Quote
Just use YouTube Pocket if you want to download vids on your phone

http://www.ytpocket.com/
stephen2002 26th January 2008, 13:15 Quote
I tried it with a Windows Mobile 5 phone and end up with a nasty error message when I click a video:
"An unknown error 0x8007274D has occurred".

Oh well, I just wanted to see if it would work, guess not.
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