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CTIA 2007 — YouTube will launch its mobile website in June 2007 for U.S. users, according to a spokesperson. The mobile YouTube site will go live once the exclusivity clause on the company’s mobile video deal with Verizon Wireless expires. The service will be live for […]

CTIA 2007 — YouTube will launch its mobile website in June 2007 for U.S. users, according to a spokesperson. The mobile YouTube site will go live once the exclusivity clause on the company’s mobile video deal with Verizon Wireless expires. The service will be live for European users in May. YouTube has been already working closely with mobile carriers, and handset makers such as Nokia on the mobile version of their video service.

In response to my question if YouTube is developing a mobile client, the spokesperson said that the company had been talking about it, but had no information to share at this time. Check out a preview of the blocked mobile site or this demo site: http://m.youtube.com/?client=ytdemo which you can see from some mobile phones (let us know if your phone can access it).

The mobile site when it goes live will have around 800 “editorial picks” of videos to choose from. It’s kind of an experiment to see how well things go and how good of a response the company gets, the spokesperson explained to us. Though, the end goal is to create a truly mobile YouTube experience with eventual access to the entire video catalog.

  1. Too sad!

    All the Youtube links in your article don’t work. Every page says “This page is not available”. I was really courious to see Youtube on my Nokia E61. Neither the Nokia browser nor Opera mini show me a movie.

    Does anybody know how the built in Flash Player works? It seems to play only downloaded Flash animations. But who has that? Flash is normally embedded in websites like Youtube.

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  2. Markus

    they work on some mobile phones. this is a wap only service it seems.

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  3. i got nothing. “this page is not available”

    bb peal 8100

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  4. I was able to view it on my Nokia 6680. You can see a screen capture here -
    http://kempmullaney.com/blog2/2007/03/youtube_togo_surfaces.html
    It isn’t much, but the page is definately formatted for mobile devices.

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  5. [...] will launch it’s mobile video website in June 2007, according to Katie Fehrenbacher over at GigaOm. The service will being in a limited state, featuring only 800 Editor’s Picks, [...]

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  6. [...] YouTube Mobile – YouTube’s mobile site will go live in June 2007, once the exclusivity clause on the deal with Verizon Wireless ends. (via) [...]

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  7. [...] YouTube Mobile – YouTube’s mobile site will go live in June 2007, once the exclusivity clause on the deal with Verizon Wireless ends. (via) [...]

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  8. […][…] YouTube Mobile – YouTube’s mobile site will go live in June 2007, once the exclusivity clause on the deal with Verizon Wireless ends. (via) […][…]

    Is this just for the US?

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  9. [...] YouTube Mobile – Le site Youtube pour mobiles va être mis en ligne en Juin 2007 une fois que la clause d’exculsivité avec Verizon Wireless prenne fin. (via) [...]

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