Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Coldplay: Live from Madrid on YouTube

With a string of number one singles and albums to their name, Coldplay are undoubtedly one of the biggest bands on the planet. So we’re thrilled that the group’s upcoming concert at the famous Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid will be streamed live on YouTube for fans around the world to enjoy online.

The concert starts at 9pm (BST)/10pm CET on Wednesday, October 26, and will be available through Coldplay’s official YouTube channel.

Coldplay will be celebrating the release of their new album, "MYLO XYLOTO", which features the singles "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" and "Paradise", and the concert will be directed by Anton Corbijn, the award-winning filmmaker and celebrated photographer famed for his masterful use of striking black-and-white imagery.

The concert marks the conclusion of American Express Unstaged, a six-part series of live events produced in collaboration with YouTube, Vevo and American Express. The five previous concerts have attracted more than 40 million views, with fans worldwide tuning in to watch live performances from the likes of Arcade Fire, John Legend & The Roots, and Duran Duran.

Because this is an open air concert, there’s a small danger that inclement weather might mean the concert is delayed or even cancelled. So put on your favourite Coldplay track and perform a sun dance!

For more information about the Coldplay concert and other live initiatives we’ll be bringing to YouTube in the coming months, visit www.youtube.com/live.

Enjoy the show!

Jamie Dolling, YouTube UK, recently watched "Chris Martin on working with Brian Eno and Rihanna".

Monday, 10 October 2011

Coming to a universe near you: YouTube Space Lab

Can plants survive beyond Earth? Can proteins observed in space reveal the mysteries of life? Science experiments aboard the International Space Station could unlock the answers and now we're giving you a chance to ask the questions. Today, we’re launching YouTube Space Lab with Lenovo, in cooperation with Space Adventures, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Space Lab is a new galactic channel on YouTube that will lift off from your laptop, taking you to interesting and awesome videos from around the world... and beyond.

Interested students are invited to come up with an idea for a science experiment that can be conducted in space and upload a video explaining it to YouTube. The YouTube community and a panel of distinguished scientists, astronauts and expert judges, including Professor Stephen Hawking, will pick the best ones. If your video is selected, it will be performed in the International Space Station (ISS) and live streamed on YouTube to the world.

We'll also throw in some out-of-this-world prizes: like ZERO-G flights, Lenovo IdeaPad laptops and your choice of either a trip to Tanegashima Island, Japan, to watch your experiment blast off in a rocket bound for the ISS, or—once you’re 18—a one-of-a-kind astronaut training experience in Star City, Russia, the training center for Russian cosmonauts. For more information on how to enter, including eligibility requirements and experiment guidelines, check out the competition page on the channel or the official rules.

All future astronauts and space enthusiasts can find inspiration in the space related content on YouTube.com/SpaceLab. Space Lab is just one of many educational channels available under YouTube.com/EDU. Educators can also visit YouTube.com/Teachers to learn how to better incorporate video into the classroom. We're developing a YouTube for Schools pilot aimed at making YouTube accessible in more schools. If you want to be notified when it's ready, sign up here.

Blast off now and be part of a global experiment where your teacher is an astronaut and your classroom, space!

Zahaan Bharmal, YouTube Space Lab lead, recently watched "Android in Space - Nexus S on Space Shuttle Atlantis".

Friday, 7 October 2011

YouTube now has movies in the UK

Back in May we brought new release movies and more for rent to YouTube in the US. Last month, we took it to Canada. Now, over a thousand full-length feature films from major Hollywood and British studios are available for rent in the UK at youtube.com/movies.

We’ve got some cracking films to keep everyone entertained through the upcoming winter months and beyond. From blockbusters like The Dark Knight and Reservoir Dogs, to new releases such as Hanna, Fast Five, and Red Riding Hood, and even British classics like Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, you can find many of your favourite films in high quality available to rent now at youtube.com/movies.

There’s always more to explore on YouTube. Many movie pages also feature YouTube Movie Extras with free behind-the-scenes videos, cast interviews, parodies, clips and remixes from YouTube’s unique community of content creators. Over time we'll also be adding additional videos and features to YouTube Movie Extras so that you can get even more into movies on YouTube.

Britain has a long history of cinema, starting from the first moving pictures being developed on celluloid film in the UK. Now British film buffs can be part of the digital revolution too, at youtube.com/movies.

Matteo Vallone, YouTube Business Product Manager, recently watched “The Big Lebowski”.