Google reportedly to overhaul YouTube

Video Web site to add "premium channels" as it takes on age of Internet-connected TVs

Google's YouTube site is in the midst of an overhaul, according to a Wall Street Journal report Wednesday.

The video-based Web site is trying to position itself to better handle the age of Internet-connected televisions, the Journal report said , citing people familiar with the matter. YouTube is reorganizing its homepage around "channels" or topics, such as sports and arts.

The Journal also reported that the Web site is working to include about 20 "premium channels" that would showcase five to 10 hours of professionally produced, original programming a week.

The changes, which reportedly will costing YouTube about $100 million, would start to be phased in by the end of the year.

Google did not respond to a request for comment before deadline.

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed . Her e-mail address is sgaudin@computerworld.com .

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