Digital Trends Live: YouTube Premium and drones that fly forever

On Wednesday’s episode of Digital Trends Live, we discussed YouTube’s decision to offer premium content in exchange for a few ads, and sat down with guests Laura Major and Ben Lee to discuss drones that fly forever and creating brands in the digital world.

YouTube will be making all its original content available for free in 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter, regardless of whether users pay the $12/month subscription for YouTube Premium. You can still pay the fee to remove ads, but if you are willing to watch a few, you can watch exclusive content from the streaming giant without paying.

Subscriber numbers to YouTube Premium, which offers original content, ad-free viewing, and music, has been dwindling over the years, so rather than have its content wither behind a paywall, YouTube has decided to make their programming more accessible to viewers. We’ll have to wait and see if this is enough to keep the service alive.

Our first guest of the day was Laura Major, CTO of drone company CyPhy, to talk about tethered drones. While the average drone is limited by its battery life (often only around 30 minutes), CyPhy’s tethered drone technology allows for endless flight time, which Major explains is useful in many situations.

The drones are connected to a station on the ground via a small cord which provides power to the device. These drones can be set up quickly and can hover at up to 400 feet without human intervention for as long as they have power. Since they are immune to interception, tethered drones can be used for surveillance and security without a tower, and can even provide communications networks on the fly.

We were also joined by Ben Lee, CEO and co-founder of Rootstrap, a company which helps industry leaders stay on the cutting edge of their respective industries. Rootstrap is the initial point of contact for people looking to create businesses.

“Most people don’t really know what to expect in the next few years,” Lee said. “A.I. and all these things are happening. The need for talent is getting higher, and it is sometimes hard to maintain these cultures internally.”

Lee discussed the growing need for apps in the digital world, but also said his company helps find alternatives for new or established businesses that may need other digital services. To date, Rootstrap has assisted over 1000 product launches.

Digital Trends Live airs Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. PT, with highlights available on demand after the stream ends. For more information, check out the DT Live homepage, and be sure to watch live for the chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card, among other prizes.

Computing

OLED's return and a phalanx of Nvidia-powered notebooks defined laptops at CES

CES 2019 offered a lot of surprises and news from some of the biggest names in laptop makers. Here are the major themes in laptops from this year's show.
Home Theater

Want to mirror your smartphone or tablet onto your TV? Here's how

A vast arsenal of devices exists to allow sending anything on your mobile device to your TV. Our in-depth guide shows you how to mirror content from your smartphone or tablet to the big screen from virtually any device available.
Home Theater

These awesome A/V receivers will swarm you with surround sound at any budget

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to shopping for a receiver, so we assembled our favorites for 2018, at multiple price points and all loaded with features, from Dolby Atmos to 4K HDR, and much more.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in December, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to 'Roma'

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Digital Trends Live

USA Today’s Emerging Tech director talks about the future of storytelling

We sat down with Ray Soto, the Director of Emerging Tech for USA Today, to talk about how his team is telling fun and engaging interactive news stories with virtual and augmented reality.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Facebook’s privacy breach, grocery robots, and more

On episode 41 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Caleb Denison broke down the news stories of the day. On the docket: Facebook's privacy scandal, grocery delivery robots, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Bad passwords, a new iPad Mini, and dating with blockchain

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, we discussed online security with the worst passwords of the year, and Adryenn Ashley, CEO of blockchain dating app Loly, and chef Sara Woods joined the show.
Digital Trends Live

We talked to Limbitless about giving gaming-themed prosthetic arms to kids

The nonprofit organization Limbitless creates free bionic arms for children to use like they would a traditional arm. Digital Trends talked to Limbitless about its arms and partnerships with game franchises.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Deepak Chopra, record Alexa sales, and data security

"Technology is part of human evolution," Deepak Chopra posited on this episode of DT Live. We also discussed an Alexa outage in Europe, and chatted with Giri Sreenivas of Helm about online security, and with Dominique Courbin from…
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: ‘Bandersnatch,’ Brianna Perry, and Origin PC unboxing

On episode 44 of Digital Trends Live, we unboxed three Origin gaming desktops, and welcomed Brianna Perry to the show to talk about her debut album Fortune Cookie, and what it was like meeting musicians like Flo Rida and DJ Khalid as a kid.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Netflix news, visions of CES, and more

On episode 45 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle looked at the most exciting news stories from the world of tech, including the runaway success of Netflix's Bird Box, what to look forward to at CES, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live – CES 2019 – Day 1

On today's episode: While we are for sure going to run down all the hottest and most innovative tech announcements of CES 2019, we're also hosting some amazing guests and panels. From the Impossible Burger and the future of food, to full…