The first video ever uploaded to YouTube: "On February 14, 2005, Chad Hurly, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim purchased a domain name that would forever change the way media is disseminated and consumed. You see, a little over 8 years ago is when the aforementioned individuals got together and purchased the YouTube.com domain.
YouTube was famously founded by the trifecta of Hurly, Chen, and Karim, three early employees of PayPal. On May 19, 2005, the first the first preview of the site was made available to the public. . . . uploaded to YouTube on April 23, 2005. The video depicts YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo chillin' with some elephants.
As of May, 2013, the video has accumulated over 11 million views and approximately 86,300 comments.
In a blogpost commemorating the occassion, YouTube doled out some fascinating statistics about its extremely popular website.
Today, more than 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute . . . ."
Popular streaming channels:Netflix: The king of movie and TV show streaming. $7.99/mo.
YouTube: User-submitted videos and some original programming. Free.
Hulu Plus: TV shows days after they air and some movies. $7.99/mo.
Amazon Prime: A strong Netflix competitor with other Amazon benefits. $79/year.
Crackle: Movies and TV mostly from Sony's library. Free.
Vudu: Movie rental site owned by Walmart. Fees per movie