YouTube has launched nine localized versions of its video-sharing site for the following countries: Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK. YouTube co-founder Steve Chen announced the international sites have custom-translated pages and interfaces. He noted that more local features were coming in the future, including channelling country-specific videos, categories, and sections onto each site, as well as displaying country-specific ratings and comments.
Google, YouTube's parent company, has said a version localized for Germany should be in the works soon, along with localized versions for other unannounced countries. Along with the announcement came news that YouTube also signed partnership agreements with various content providers, including the BBC, French news channel France 24, France Televisions, and several Spanish channels. Additionally, YouTube has struck deals with football (soccer) clubs in Europe such as Chelsea, AC Milan, Barcelona, and Real Madrid.
News source: Ars Technica