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Google's Eric Schmidt says Youtube has already overtaken traditional TV

Google boss Eric Schmidt has declared that the company's video-hosting website Youtube has already displaced TV watching as a medium.

"That's already happened," he said at a media event, when asked if the site could overtake its more traditional competitor.

 

The executive chairman said: "(Youtube is) not a replacement for something that we know.

 

"It's a new thing that we have to think about, to program, to curate and build new platforms."

 

And Schmidt added that the really big viewing figures are still to come - despite YouTube recently claiming an audience of 1 billion unique visitors per month.

 

"Wait until you get to six or seven billion," he said.

 

And Robert Kyncl, YouTube's global head of content, said: "I thought that YouTube was like TV, but it isn't. I was wrong. TV is one-way. YouTube talks back."

 

"TV means reach. YouTube means engagement."

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