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YouTube Launches In Kenya and YouTube Feather

Google has announced the launch of a Kenyan version of YouTube to give Kenyans an easy way to discover local content and content producers. “This means that when users visit the Kenyan domain, they will immediately see the most popular videos in Kenya and local content that matches their interests,” said Farzana Khubchandani, Country Marketing Manager and Olga Arara-Kimani, Country Manager, Kenya.

Farzana also said, “We’ve partnered with local broadcasters and producers to bring content ranging from KBC and NTV news segments to HomeBoyz produced Tinga Tinga Tales to a global audience.”

YouTune Kenya“If your internet is slow, try out “YouTube Feather” beta that helps to ensure that those with low-speed Internet connections can play videos faster,” he said.

“YouTube Feather is an opt-in beta. The “Feather” project is intended to serve YouTube video watch pages with the lowest latency possible. It achieves this by severely limiting the features available to the viewer and making use of advanced web techniques for reducing the total amount of bytes downloaded by the browser. It is a work in progress and may not work for all videos,” reads the description of the site.

Also, a Swahili version of YouTube is available, to access scroll to the bottom of the YouTube homepage, clicking “language” and choosing Kiswahili.

Here is a mashup video that celebrates some of the current Kenyan content on YouTube:

To find out more, visti YouTube Kenya.

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