The vast majority of its videos are free to view, but there are exceptions, including subscription-based premium channels, film rentals, as well as You Tube Premium, a subscription service offering ad-free access to the website and access to exclusive content made in partnership with existing users.
As of February 2017 According to a story that has often been repeated in the media, Hurley and Chen developed the idea for You Tube during the early months of 2005, after they had experienced difficulty sharing videos that had been shot at a dinner party at Chen's apartment in San Francisco.
Videos deemed potentially inappropriate are available only to registered users affirming themselves to be at least 18 years old.
You Tube earns advertising revenue from Google Ad Sense, a program which targets ads according to site content and audience.
You Tube allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to favorites, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users.
Karim could not easily find video clips of either event online, which led to the idea of a video sharing site.
According to data published by market research company com Score, You Tube is the dominant provider of online video in the United States, with a market share of around 43% and more than 14 billion views of videos in May 2010..
You Tube accepts videos that are uploaded in most container formats, including AVI, MP4, MPEG-PS, Quick Time File Format and FLV.
It supports Web M files and also 3GP, allowing videos to be uploaded from mobile phones.