The latest in gadgets: YouTube way bullish on digital video


LAS VEGAS | The latest developments surrounding the consumer-electronics show in Las Vegas known as CES (all times local):

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YouTube’s chief business officer is banking on virtual reality video, original programming and music videos to keep the world of digital video growing.

“Video is more important to music than ever before,” Robert Kyncl told a crowd at his Thursday keynote Thursday evening at the annual CES gadget event in Las Vegas. Joining him on stage was music manager Scooter Braun, who discovered Justin Bieber from his YouTube videos and recognized a hit in “Gangnam Style” long before it became the first video to garner a billion views on the site.

Kyncl said he still expects exponential growth in digital video, particularly now that virtual reality can make the experience more immersive.

— Kimberly Pierceall, AP Writer, Las Vegas