Youku is a Chinese online video sharing service, like YouTube, but in many ways much, much better. For one, it’s faster than YouTube if you’re living inside China. Secondly, it’s full of content like TV shows, movies, video clips, and news pieces. And Thirdly, there’s a heap of user-generated content providing a stream of interesting and not so interesting content by Chinese netizens.
For non-Chinese readers like myself it’s easy enough to find content by using the search bar, but after a while you may want to save that funny video of a firecracker going off inside some guys pants to show to others later. To do this you’ll need to set up an account. Luckily, it’s actually quite easy to do so here’s the instructions:
1. Go to Youku.com
2. Click on the characters below which says “sign up”.
3. This will take you through to the sign up page. There’s nothing really complex here but the image below shows the sections you need to fill out.
4. Once completed successfully you’ll see your selected username in to the top taskbar and a message saying you’re ready to contribute to YouKu. The picture below shows the new taskbar option you’ll have for logging in.
5. Now, once you’ve set that up you can bookmark and keep your favourite videos to watch whenever you’re logged in. To do this you’ll just need to click on the star icon underneath the video. The image below shows how to do this and embed your YouKu video to a blog or web forum.
6. If you’d like to create a playlist of items to play one after the other you can simply click on the ‘+’ sign on the video’s icon as shown below.
Well, that should be enough to get those who don’t read Chinese to get started. If there’s more Youku tips feel free to add them in the comments section and I’ll add them in.
Triple nerd point score: The latest PS3 firmwire update enables Adobe’s Flash player which lets you watch videos from sites like YouKu, Tudou, Youtube and others directly from the PS3 browser. Not a bad solution if you want to watch Internet TV on the couch.
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