YouTube has taken a significant step toward a UK TV VOD portal with a new section called UK TV and featuring full length TV shows from its deal with Channel 4 and others from US broadcasters.
YouTube is posting around 5,000 videos, of which almost 4,000 are full-length programmes, from more than 60 partners. YouTube said it "expects this to significantly increase in the coming months."
It is presumed Google, parent of YouTube, is keen to steal a march on Hulu before it launches in the UK and SeeSaw, the Arquiva owned resurrection of Project Kangaroo. All will be competing to acquire online rights to broadcaster output.