YouTube Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Helps Create Samurai Dramas

YouTube Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Helps Create Samurai Dramas
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On this day, ten years ago, YouTube uploaded its first-ever video showing one of its founders standing in front of elephants and their “really… long… trunks.”


Now, the website is getting billions of views every day.

Samurai dramas on YouTube

As part of its celebration for ten years of success, the video streaming website is teaming up with Japanese film and TV company Toei to shoot samurai dramas known as Jidaigeki.

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One of the partnership’s first offering, “The Crawler in the Dark,” is described as a sci-fi horror movie set in Japan during the Meiji era.

“They’re building sets. We have high quality cameras, high quality sets, high quality actors,” one of the actors, Bob Werley, said, as quoted by CNN.

Change is inevitable

Despite the impending threat given by Facebook’s announcement that it will prioritize its video streaming services, YouTube is still determined to discontinue support for older iOS devices.

According to Apple Insider, iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices running older versions of Apple’s operating system will not be able to use the YouTube app anymore, as per Google’s decision. Devices running iOS 7 or later, however, are safe from the discontinuation.

According to Google, the devices affected are those “manufactured in 2012 and earlier, including Sony TVs & Blu-ray Discs, Panasonic TVs & Blu-ray Discs, older iOS devices, and devices running older versions of Google TV.”