Channel 4 to Push Shows to YouTube

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Channel 4 has inked a deal with YouTube that will see its content appear on the online video service beginning in 2010.

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According to The Guardian, the three-year deal between YouTube and Channel 4 has been fully six months in the making, and while there’s been relatively little detail revealed so far, it’s been said that the deal will see Channel 4 and YouTube sharing ad-revenue for the content. It’ll be interesting to see how YouTube and Channel 4 handle the content when it comes to regions outside the UK, which so far hasn’t been addressed.

For now though, the only shows that have been mentioned directly on the YouTube Blog post on the subject have been Peep Show, Derren Brown and You Have Been Watching with others having mentioned Brass Eye and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.

For those with an eye to more content than that, Channel 4 has revealed that it intends to have 3,000 hours of it’s archived video made available to YouTube users, which means that we’re entirely justified in getting our hopes up to see Father Ted on YouTube some time in the not-too-distant future.

It seems likely, given the furore around music on YouTube in the UK that the content will be made available only to users in the UK, initially at least, though we’re hopeful that we’ll see that content spread around over time.

According to the YouTube blog, there should be plenty of content by “early 2010.”

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