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YouTube, LLC
Type Subsidiary
Founded February 2005
Headquarters San Bruno, California, U.S.A.
Key people Steve Chen, Founder & CTO
Chad Hurley, Founder & CEO
Jawed Karim, Founder & Advisor
Owner Google Inc.
Type of site Video hosting service
Advertising Google, Adsense
Registration Optional, But Required for Features such as Comments, Uploading Videos

Available in

12 languages
Launched February 15, 2005
Current status Active

YouTube is a site where users can upload their own videos. It was founded on February 2005 and has become very popular across the world. There have been some controversies with copyright infringements. As of November 2, 2013, The YouTube Channel was the #1 Most Subscribed Channel on YouTube. On December 8, 2013, The YouTube Channel was beat by Pewdiepie, but then got back to #1 one day later on December 9, but lost it only hours late to PewDiePie once again.


YouTube has over 2 billion users, it is one of the top online sites and it has an Alexa ranking at number 3. The site has several features, such as subscribing to users whom you like, this is also known as subbing or subs. Favorites videos you can save on your channel page and come back and watch at a later time. YouTube is one of the best online sites that is free, the only catch is that you must join to comment which is free, and that copyrighted material may be removed.

The displayed resolution of YouTube is 640x480 (480p), so it cannot display HD videos. However, if a video uploaded is 640x480 or higher, a small link appears below the video saying "View In Higher Quality". If this link is clicked, the quality is slightly improved, and now HD has been added.

You must be 13 or older to register an account on YouTube

Music, Gaming, And Sports are all YouTube Generated Channels. They technically are the most subscribed YouTube channels, but since they combine all YouTube channels into one, it doesn't really count.

Format and Quality Comparison Table

Comparison of YouTube media types
Standard Medium High HD Mobile Old formats (pre 2009 Feb)
Standard High Mobile
fmt value 34, 38 18 35 22 17 none 6 13
Container FLV MP4 FLV MP4 3GP FLV 3GP
Video Encoding MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) MPEG-4 Part 2 H.263 H.263/AMR
Aspect ratio 4:3, 16:9 4:3 16:9 11:9 4:3 4:3
Max Resolution 320×240
480×360 864×480 1280×720 176×144 320×240 480×360 176×144
Bitrate (kbit/s) 200 512 900 2000  ? 200 900  ?
Audio Encoding AAC MP3 AMR
Channels 2 1
Sampling rate


44100 22050 44100 8000
Bitrate (kbit/s)  ? 128 232  ? 64 96  ?


YouTube was purchased by Google around the time of 2007. Some say it has changed some of YouTube's policies though most of the site continues to work the same.

New Features

Several new features have been added to YouTube in the following years.

  • Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down - Is a rating system used to rate comments that are liked by users or disliked, these can be seen on videos that allow the thumbs to be on it.
  • Insight - This is a feature that tells you about your video, such as ratings, where it was viewed, how popular it ias, and other recently new breakdowns upon views such as where the most viewers are from.
  • Audio Swap - Is a feature that will allow you to add or change the sound on your videos.
  • Annotation - This is a feature that allows you to add notes on certain spans of your videos.
  • HD
  • WideScreen
  • Channels Beta - A new style of channels that have been extremely unpopular with many YouTube users.
  • Ban from YouTube button - Only YouTubers that have 100,000 subscibers have this button.

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YouTube Rewind

If you want to know more about YouTube Rewind, please click here.

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YouTube Rewind 2010 Year in Review

YouTube Rewind 201102:20

YouTube Rewind 2011

Rewind YouTube Style 201204:15

Rewind YouTube Style 2012

YouTube Rewind What Does 2013 Say?05:47

YouTube Rewind What Does 2013 Say?

YouTube Rewind Turn Down for 201406:36

YouTube Rewind Turn Down for 2014

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  • The official YouTube channel's join date was once December 31, 1969 oddly enough,[1] though the actual join date was sometime between July 20-22, 2005.[2][3][4]


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