YouTube Launches 'New Customizable Channels, Homepage'; YouTube Uganda; Full-length Japanese and Hollywood Films Comes to YouTube Japan

YouTube posts information about the new interface and the availability for everyone with a YouTube Channel. "We've given YouTube a refresh. When you login, you'll be greeted with recent activity from your subscriptions. You can also browse and add new Channels to your homepage. Connect with Google+ and Facebook to share your favorites with friends. […]

YouTubeYouTube posts information about the new interface and the availability for everyone with a YouTube Channel. "We've given YouTube a refresh. When you login, you'll be greeted with recent activity from your subscriptions. You can also browse and add new Channels to your homepage. Connect with Google+ and Facebook to share your favorites with friends. There's plenty to discover, so login and give it a spin," the YouTube team writes.

Adding the team writes, "We've improved overall design, presenting a cleaner and simpler YouTube, with a consistent gray background, bigger video thumbnails and a more streamlined watch page."

Here is what is new on YouTube:

New YouTube Homepage

  1. The new YouTube homepage makes it easier to find and follow great Channels when you arrive on the homepage. "On the left side of the homepage you can create your own, personal, customizable YouTube Channel line-up. Sign-in, or create a YouTube account. Then you can browse recommended Channels; customize your homepage's feed; even link your YouTube account to Google+ and Facebook to see what your friends are sharing," explains YouTube.

    The new homepage feed launched earlier this year is now front and center on the homepage. You can switch between feeds by clicking on different Channels on the left.

    YouTube Homepage Feed

    • "Subscriptions - these were always important … they're now more important than ever before. As people set up their new home pages they'll be reviewing the subscriptions they have and considering new ones, so be sure to keep encouraging people to subscribe, and making it worth their while to do so.
    • Upload regularly - when people add new Channel subscriptions, they'll see how often you upload (your average number of videos per week), so remember to program consistently and regularly so you'll appeal to people who want a regular delivery of great videos.
    • Create the killer feed for your subscribers - videos that you like and favorite and put into playlists will be even more prominent to your subscribers as part of their feed, so take care in your site activity and think about the overall experience you're creating for them - it's about more than just the videos you upload," notes YouTube.
  2. Also, launched today is an improved Channel design focused helping users find great videos. "We've created new Channel templates to meet your needs whether you produce one video a week or have thousands of videos for a fan to browse. Some partners have even uploaded videos talking about the features, or giving tips on how they're taking advantage of the new design," revealed YouTube.

    The new Channel interface is opt-in and to and test this new Channel design:

    1. Log in to your YouTube account
    2. Click your username located in the top right corner of any page, and select My Channel

    Switching to new YouTube Channel

    "Switching into the new Channels design by clicking the blue banner at the top of the page means that you are changing your Channel's look and feel for everybody who visits your Channel, regardless of if they have opted in to the new design. On the other hand, if you were previously opted into the Channels Preview, or if you clicked "Try it Out" at www.youtube.com/t/channels, you are just previewing what your Channels would look like in the new design. Only you, the Channel owner, can see your Channel in the new design. If you would like to make your Channel preview into your new design so everybody can enjoy the updated design, click Show this version to everyone at the top of your Channel," explains Help Center.

    New YouTube Channel

    In order to switch back to the old Channels design:

    1. Navigate to your Channel and click the Edit Channel button located on the right.
    2. Under Channels Version, click Switch back to the old Channels design.

New YouTube channel: Edit Page

New YouTube Channel Edit Page

Here is the video demonstrating the new features:

In other YouTube news, Google has launched YouTube in Uganda! to show the localizded most relevant videos, even before you search. The launch also means that YouTube will show you the most viewed and most subscribed-to channels in Uganda.

Also, starting today, YouTube will now offer Japanese and Hollywood releases for rent at youtube.com/movies in Japan.

"We're starting off with a few hundred titles -- both new releases and classic films -- from two of the biggest Japanese studios Bandai and Toei, as well as from Hollywood studios Warner Brothers, NBCUniversal, and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. We've the latest "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2", as well as classic animations like "Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn: Day of the Unicorn" and tokusatsu action film "Kamen Rider x Kame Rider W & Decade: Movie War 2010"," stated YouTube.