YouTube and Universal Music Confirm Vevo Music Video Website

Posted Apr 14, 2009

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) subsidiary YouTube and Universal Music Group are planning to launch a music video website together in order to increase both of their revenues.  The Universal Music channel on YouTube is already one of the most subscribed to on the video website.  The combined website will be called Vevo.

This deal is a major boost for YouTube because the video website is getting pressured to find additional revenue streams and is taking a lot of flack for not being able to pay fees for the rights to use their music and music videos.

Vevo will be wholly owned by Universal and it will feature higher quality videos than what is seen on YouTube itself. “The rationale is to help make Vevo a place that brands feel more comfortable,” stated Rio Caraeff, EVP of Universal’s eLabs division.

Universal hopes that Vevo will be comparable to Hulu.  Vevo will syndicate videos through their platform called Vevo Music Network.  Universal is planning to partner with EMI and Sony Music Group who have already renewed their contracts with YouTube.  Partnering with Warner Music Group will be slightly more challenging because they have not been able to make a deal with YouTube in the past.