It offers a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media videos.
Available content includes video clips, TV show clips, music videos, short and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers, live streams, and other content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos.
Karim did not attend the party and denied that it had occurred, but Chen commented that the idea that You Tube was founded after a dinner party "was probably very strengthened by marketing ideas around creating a story that was very digestible".
Karim said the inspiration for You Tube first came from Janet Jackson's role in the 2004 Super Bowl incident, when her breast was exposed during her performance, and later from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Google product manager Shiva Rajaraman commented: "We really felt like we needed to step back and remove the clutter." In May 2013, You Tube launched a pilot program to begin offering some content providers the ability to charge $0.99 per month or more for certain channels, but the vast majority of its videos would remain free to view.
In February 2015, You Tube released a secondary mobile app known as You Tube Kids.
All the video formats on You Tube use progressive scanning.