Google continues to expand YouTube to countries where it does not have a YouTube country presence as Indonesia became the latest and 46th one to have a version of the number one video service. Similar to how YouTube is handled at smaller and not as populated countries, the focus is on improving the reach of their localized videos and content so others can see it everywhere else. Lots of Indonesian media and entertainment companies are already supporting the launch of the new division as well. To be specific, Kompas TV, Kompas Cybermedia, MyTrans.com, and Viva Media Croup are some of the companies YouTube signed up to be a part of the service. Music record labels Nagaswara, GP Records, Musica Studios, Trinity, and Aquarius Musikindo are also being planned to be involved too. One specific label they signed for a license agreement to have their musicians and composers get ad-based revenue on the new site is Wahana Musik Indonesia. With numerous companies signing up (and more to come since it is just the beginning), YouTube Indonesia is off to a good start, where it hopes of getting its local content more attention across the world.
Now that the Indonesian version of YouTube has launched, it is also bringing live video coverage of the Olympics on their channel next month. This is great for many people in Indonesia who cannot watch their country compete against the rest of the world in international sports because many people there don’t have access to regular television showing the summer games. Getting just local companies and music labels is also the start as they are getting other companies from neighboring Asian countries to support the new division. The Taiwanese Music Copyright Society and the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong are two of the companies agreeing to have their videos played in Indonesia earning some revenue for foreign copyright holders. Indonesia is one of many countries that recently got the YouTube treatment joining the Philippines, India, and Singapore. Google also has been expanding YouTube to parts of Africa, South America, and even in parts of Europe that does not have it yet. With YouTube’s global domination rolling, at this rate, even the portions of the world that still don’t have the premier video service, it seems it’s just a matter of time before they get it.
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