YouTube Expands Original Content With New European Channels

Stan Schroeder

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YouTube has expanded its roster of original channels with new, global channels from France, Germany, the UK and the US.

The new channels will cover a variety of topics, including sports, music, comedy, news, animation, local cuisine, health and wellness. So far, YouTube has launched 100 original channels; the new additions will bring this number to 160.

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In the UK, for example, "Fast, Furious & Funny" is covering cars; in Germany, "Motorvision" will cover the same topic. The UK will have four sports channels, covering cycling and football among other topics. In France, a channel called "X-Treme video" is dedicated to extreme sports; in Germany, it will be "Boneless."

You can see a list of all YouTube original channels here.

In a blog post, YouTube also shared some stats on its original programming. According to the company, the top 25 original channels are averaging over a million views weekly, and 800 million viewers are watching 4 billion hours of content every month -- up from 3 billion hours earlier this year.

Furthermore, the number of subscribers has doubled year-over-year, and YouTube partners are reaching the 100,000 subscriber mark five times faster than two years ago.

This story originally published on Mashable here.