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YouTube, LLC
YouTube Logo 2017
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 however. 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 later to PewDiePie once again. Three days later, they claimed the #1 spot for a third time, but was surpassed for good by PewDiePie on December 22 of that year.

In early July 2015, the YouTube Spotlight channel was surpassed by HolaSoyGerman. In early September 2016, the channel was surpassed by JustinBieberVEVO.

In early and late September 2017, the YouTube Spotlight channel was surpassed by elrubiusOMG and RihannaVEVO. Early and late the next month, YouTube Spotlight was surpassed by T-Series and TaylorSwiftVEVO.

In late November 2017, YouTube Spotlight was surpassed by KatyPerryVEVO in the subscriptions but surpassed the channel the day after the channel's annual YouTube Rewind came out (December 7, 2017), making it the first time the YouTube Spotlight channel surpassed a channel since surpassing PewDiePie's on December 12, 2013 to become the most subscribed YouTube channel for the third and last time.

The channel surpassed RihannaVEVO's a couple days later and on December 9, surpassed elrubiusOMG and TaylorSwiftVEVO.

YouTube Spotlight now ranks as 5th most subscribed on their website. They as well hold the title of having the most subscribed 2005 created and American channel on their website and has since surpassing Smosh on September 23, 2013. Furthermore, they have the most subscribed July created YouTube channel after surpassing 2006 joined YouTuber, nigahiga the same year and is also the most subscribed channel affiliated with news delivering.

All of the videos on YouTube's channel has been viewed over one billion times since mid 2017 as of December 2017 as well.


YouTube has over 2 billion users, it is one of the top online sites and it has an Alexa ranking at number 2. 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 although this rule is often broken by new registered users.

Music, Gaming, And Sports are all YouTube Generated Channels. They technically are the most subscribed channels but due to them being auto generated, it doesn't 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 2006. 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.

Alternate logos

Screenshot Date

YouTube Rewind

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

YouTube Rewind The Shape of 2017 YouTubeRewind07:15

YouTube Rewind The Shape of 2017 YouTubeRewind

YouTube Rewind 2010 Year in Review01:26

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

YouTube Rewind Now Watch Me 2015 YouTubeRewind06:40

YouTube Rewind Now Watch Me 2015 YouTubeRewind

YouTube Rewind The Ultimate 2016 Challenge YouTubeRewind06:53

YouTube Rewind The Ultimate 2016 Challenge YouTubeRewind


  • 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]
  • The YouTube Spotlight channel interacts with it's viewers frequently on the "community" tab of their channel.
  • YouTube holds the record of gaining the most subscribers in a single year on YouTube, gaining over 18.1 million subscribers on their channel, jumping from 945 thousand subscribers at the beginning of 2013 to 19.1 million subscribers by the end of 2013.
  • Through November to December 2013, YouTube Spotlight was the most subscribed YouTube channel. They are the only non user generated most subscribed channel.
  • YouTube Spotlight was the most subscribed YouTube channel 3 times. However, it's second reign was so short, many don't remember or even know. So the channel is only recorded to be the most subscribed twice by most people.
  • During their reigns, YouTube Spotlight was the first channel to hit 16, 17 and 18 million subscribers.
  • Every channel who currently has more subscribers than YouTube Spotlight except for elrubiusOMG and T-Series has had more subscribers than YouTube Spotlight before or during 2013, the year they skyrocketed to the #1 most subscribers position on YouTube.
  • YouTube Spotlight has the most followers on Google+. Second is Google+ itself.

Subscriber Milestones Table For YouTube Spotlight

Year Subscriber Milestones
2010 100,000 - 200,000
2011 300,000 - 400,000
2012 500,000 - 900,000
2013 1,000,000 - 19,000,000
2014 20,000,000 - 22,000,000
2015 23,000,000
2016 24,000,000 - 25,000,000
2017 26,000,000 - 27,000,000



Published On December 21, 2017

Joined September 4, 2017

Founded in February 2, 2017

Detected On March 15, 2017

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