Yahoo! Screen

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Yahoo! Screen
Yahoo! Screen.png
Web address
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Video hosting service
Registration Optional
Owner Yahoo!
Launched September 2013; 5 years ago (2013-09)
Current status Defunct

Yahoo! Screen was an on-demand streaming service for TV shows, movies, webisodes and other new media from Yahoo!. The homepage contained editorially-featured videos that changed daily and skewed towards comedy, current events and viral videos. The service had more than 1,000 hours of programming when it went live in September 2013. Due to low viewership and financial writeoffs in 2015, the service was closed in January 2016.[1]


Yahoo! Screen began as Yahoo! Video, a video sharing website on which users could upload and share videos. At launch, Yahoo! Video was an internet-wide video search engine. Yahoo added the ability to upload and share video clips in June 2006. A re-designed site was launched in February 2008 that changed the focus to Yahoo!-hosted video only.

On December 15, 2010, Yahoo! Video's functionality to upload video was removed for its relaunch as Yahoo! Screen the following year. All user-generated content was removed on March 15, 2011.[2] The content that Yahoo! deleted was saved by the Archive Team. The Yahoo! Screen rebrand was launched October 2011, alongside eight original programs.[3] Yahoo! Screen has streamed three seasons of its Emmy-nominated[4] original series, Burning Love, which was syndicated for TV through E! in 2013.

In June 2014, Yahoo! announced that it had picked up former NBC sitcom Community for its sixth season, which premiered via Yahoo! Screen on March 17, 2015.[5] Within a month of Community's season six premiere, Yahoo! had premiered full first seasons of two new original series, Sin City Saints and Other Space, but available only to people in the USA.[6][7]

In June 2015, Yahoo! Screen won the worldwide rights to distribute the National Football League's International Series game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars, set to take place October 25. The one-off stream is the first NFL game to be broadcast (almost) exclusively through the Internet, with no television broadcast outside the Buffalo and Jacksonville markets.[8]

On January 4, 2016, following a $42 million write-down in the third quarter of 2015 as a result of the poor performance of its three original series, Yahoo! Screen as a portal was discontinued. Yahoo's original video content was re-located to relevant portals of the site; in particular, its original television series were moved to an "originals" section on the Yahoo! TV site. [9][10]

See also


  1. Sam Thielman. "Yahoo kills off Screen video service less than four years after launch". the Guardian. 
  2. Rao, Leena (December 15, 2010). "Yahoo Video No Longer Accepts Video Uploads". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  3. Ludwig, Sean (October 4, 2011). "Yahoo rebrands its video site as Yahoo Screen, adds 8 original programs". VentureBeat. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  4. Lyons, Margaret (July 18, 2013). "9 Surprising and Fun Tidbits From the 2013 Emmy Nominations". Vulture. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  5. Hibberd, James (June 30, 2014). "'Community' saved! Yahoo orders sixth season". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  6. "How To Watch Other Space". Other Space Tumblr. 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-05-30. Retrieved May 30, 2015. the series will be released in certain territories outside the US in the coming months. 
  7. "How to Watch Sin City Saints". Sin City Tumblr. 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-04-27. Retrieved May 30, 2015. the series will be released in certain territories outside the US in the coming months 
  8. Bills, Jaguars to make history as part of free live webcast. The Buffalo News (June 4, 2015). Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. Wallenstein, Andrew. "Yahoo Screen Shuttered: Video Service Hosted 'Community'; NFL Telecast". Penske Business Media. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  10. "Yahoo yanks Yahoo Screen hub, scatters “original” content across sites". Ars Technica. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 

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