You may have heard the term ‘YouTube channel’ recently. We will explore what exactly a YouTube channel is, how it compares to a TV channel and how to use them.
A YouTube Channel
Simply put, a YouTube channel is a personalized area on the YouTube platform where creators can upload videos and viewers can watch their content. Imagine having your own website with an easy built in way to upload videos and display those videos for others. Such a website is what you have with a YouTube channel, but the website is in the YouTube website. You can upload videos of your choosing to the site and they are visible for others to watch.
YouTube Channels vs TV Channels
Traditional TV service can cost from $30 to $130 a month, depending on how many channels you want to access. But you can watch unlimited YouTube videos for free with ads. Additionally, viewers access YouTube videos online, typically with a computer, smartphone, or tablet, instead of with a television.
How many YouTube channels are there?
As of 2019, there was more than 31 million YouTube channels.
Why do people create YouTube Channels?
Even though YouTube is free to use, creators can earn millions of dollars a year on YouTube. Since YouTube’s creation in 2005, businesses and individuals alike have learned to tailor their channels to their audiences and monetize the platform.
But not everyone uses YouTube to make money. Some people just enjoy uploading videos, or using YouTube as a place to save their home videos on the internet.
How to find a YouTube Channel to watch
You can find YouTube channels to watch on YouTube’s website youtube.com. On the home page, YouTube has several trending, or popular, videos to choose from. You can also use the search bar to find videos of varying interests including news, fashion, comedy, and music. Just type in what you are interested in, and YouTube will find suggestions for you. Clicking on the video preview or title will pull up the video and play it automatically.
If you enjoy a video, you can click on the creator’s username shown on the video to visit their channel and see other videos that they have created.
How to tune in to a YouTube Channel
Once you find a channel that you’re interested in, you can choose to hit the red “SUBSCRIBE” button to follow the creator’s channel. Subscribing to a channel means you will see new videos from the creator in your Subscriptions feed area. To do this, click on the video and then click the ‘subscribe’ button below the video. Once you start to like videos or subscribe to channels, YouTube will begin to suggest similar videos you may also like. For more instructions, watch this YouTube Help tutorial.
Note: you must have a YouTube account and be signed in to subscribe to a YouTube Channel, or to like or comment on videos.
How do I know if I have a YouTube Channel?
Having a YouTube account does not mean that you have to upload videos. You can simply view rather than create. If you want to create a YouTube channel, first make sure you are signed in, then click on your account image in the top right corner of the website, click ‘Your channel’ and ‘Upload Video’ to get started. To delete a YouTube Channel, follow this YouTube guide.
YouTube channels are a great option to watch unlimited free videos. You can find and tune-in to various YouTube channels on the youtube.com website. Whether you’re interested in the news, travel, cooking, etc., YouTube creators have channels you can subscribe to for interesting content.
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