YouTube today announced it has upgraded its embedded videos,
which it disclosed account for close to 44 percent of its total views. That’s an insane amount, when you think about how many views YouTube does — 5 billion per month in the U.S. alone, according to comScore (which attempts to count embeds in its measurement). Forty-four percent of 5 billion is five times as much as the next competitor, Fox Interactive Media, had in total for the month of September.
Update: YouTube let us know its initial blog post was incorrect. Forty-four percent refers to the portion of YouTube viewers who watch embedded videos at least some of the time, NOT the percent of video views that come from embeds. So our initial take on the story is also wrong. A YouTube spokesperson said the portion of views that come from embeds is less than 44 percent, but declined to give a specific number.
The YouTube embed upgrades are high-quality thumbnails (yay, no more huge ugly fuzzy images dominating the page on NewTeeVee Station), a search box appearing when an embedded video stops playing (Hulu already does this), video annotations and closed captions (both of which were previously only available for videos played on YouTube’s site). However, while embeds may account for a lot of views, they do not include advertising.