AVForums YouTube Channel passes 30 Million Views
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24We hope you’d agree that we’re not really the type of website that constantly bigs itself up or slaps itself – metaphorically, of course – on its back but we do take pride in what we do and it’s OK to celebrate success sometimes – despite our inherent ‘Britishness’.
So let’s talk about the AVForums YouTube Channel which has been up and running since the (relatively) early days of YouTube, back in 2008. In that time, we have uploaded the grand total of 1,345 videos, while amassing more than 30 million views and very close to 50,000 subscribers along the way.
Before we go any further, if you haven’t already done so, this is where you need to go to subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/avforums
The very first video to go live came from Panasonic's High Definition Networking Conference, held in Valencia in February 2008, and we’ve not missed one since! Don't worry, it's safe to view, as Phil didn't don the Speedos until the camera was back in its box.
Would you believe that only our seventh ever video – also from 2008, this time from sunny Bristol – featured an interview with Dolby about High Dynamic Range (HDR) video and its deployment in LCD/LED TVs with full array local dimming (FALD) technology? Oh, how times have changed. Dolby Visionaries? Not half but, joking apart, it just goes to show how long it can take for a good idea to come to fruition.
That video has only got 720 views (to date) which seems a travesty but, of course, many of our videos have done much, much better numbers. Among the UK audio-visual and technology websites, we were, and are, the pioneers of showfloor presentations and interviews, from the likes of CES and IFA, where we’ve never been afraid to ask manufacturers the tough questions our forum members have wanted answers on.
Our most popular video, to date, comes from CES 2016, which was a round-up of the best TVs of the show that has garnered close to 600,000 views so far.
Before the real take-off of the object based audio formats, we were invited to a tour of Galaxy Studios by Auro 3D inventor Wilfried Van Baelen who explained to us the advantages of the new immersive surround sound. For those with an interest in cinema or home cinema sound, the system explained in the video proved very appealing and it has gone on to be one of our most popular videos ever.
Naturally, reviews of the popular TVs are a mainstay of the AVForums YouTube channel with the Samsung F9000 our biggest hitter, thus far, with nearly 500,000 views and – possibly more impressively – virtually no rude comments beneath it. We are – trumpet blowing moment - the only dedicated AV site to provide video reviews for almost all the AV products we cover, to supplement our high quality written content.
Tutorial, set-up and help videos are also very popular with our YouTube subscribers with this video featuring Home Cinema expert, Neil Davidson, hitting more than a quarter of a million views
Our PicturePerfect campaign – something else that other websites have attempted to mimic –has also proved extremely popular with this simple advice on selecting the best picture mode for your TV, the most viewed of all.
Our most popular video of the last few months has been on the launch of the LG Wallpaper OLED TV with Dolby Vision and Atmos which goes to show, if nothing else, that exciting new technology will always be good box office, even if it’s out of reach, price wise, for the majority of those watching.
To wrap up and just to show that making videos isn’t always plain sailing – in fact it rarely is – especially from the showfloor, here is the self-appointed ‘Face of AVForums’ demonstrating how not to do it
Here’s to the next 30 million views and don’t forget you can subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/user/AVForumsTV
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