ContentSutra has learned from various sources that YouTube is planning to launch an India site on the 7th of May. Apparently, as with all things Google (NSDQ: GOOG), this has been a closely guarded secret, and we have contacted Google for an official comment. We’re trying to get more details, but from what we’ve heard, multiple content partners will be present at the launch.
Readers will remember that there had been reports of an India site from YouTube in October last year; following that, one of our readers had informed us that the company had bought the YouTube.in and YouTube.co.in domain for around Rs. 2.44 lakhs, as per India’s official domain registry. YouTube has been fighting a legal battle in the Indian courts against major music publisher T-Series for a while now, and I wonder how the launch of an India site will change things. More as we have it.
With the launch of YouTube India, what do you think will happen to the multiple YouTube clones in India – Meravideo.com, thebig.tv, aapkavideo, videodubba, metubes, videochutney and dekhona?