By Mike Kerns, Senior Vice President, Homepage & Vertical Products
Yahoo! has always been about bringing you the very best of the web, and today we’re one step closer to creating a consistent experience across our sites with the newly redesigned Yahoo! Sports, Yahoo! Movies, Yahoo! Music, Yahoo! TV, Yahoo! omg!, Yahoo! Games and Yahoo! Weather. We’ve made it easier and faster to get your daily fix from Yahoo!, whether you’re on your phone, tablet, or in front of your computer.
What’s new? Here are the highlights:
- The new Yahoo! Sports gives more prominence to what matters to you, including premium content from our Yahoo! Sports experts, scores and fantasy games. It’s also easier to explore your favorite leagues in the content stream — such as NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR— as well as find content from our exclusive partners like NBC Sports, and more. If you’re preparing your Yahoo! Fantasy Football team, you’ll also notice a refresh of our Yahoo! Fantasy game. The goal of these changes is to provide a game that’s easier to use and more fun to play.
- Refreshed Yahoo! Movies, Yahoo! Music, Yahoo! TV and Yahoo! omg! provide entertaining, personalized and engaging experiences. We’ve created an easier and intuitive experience for finding movie showtimes, now you can sort by theater or movie. We’ve also made it simpler to find more entertainment content, including movie trailers, tv episodes and music videos. The viewing experience for videos and photos have never been more beautiful — video screens are now larger and photos are more immersive, high quality and can be seen in full-screen.
- With the new Yahoo! Games, we’ve streamlined the site and made it easier for you to find popular games like “Slotomania” and “The Godfather: Five Families”, discover new games like “Pirates: Tides of Fortune”, and get to some of your old-time favorites like “Gem Swap” and “Dragon Mahjong” to bring back a little nostalgia. And, we’ve improved tracking of your games history so you can get back to your favorite ones faster.
- Some of your favorite features on the Yahoo! Weather mobile iOS and Android apps have been reimagined for the web. Now, beautiful, full-bleed photos from our Flickr community show you current local conditions of the time and type of weather, alongside comprehensive weather information — so you can truly experience the weather, not just check it.
Over the next few days, users in the U.S. will start to see these new designs and experiences. We hope these changes make your lives easier, and stay tuned for more from Yahoo!.
By Dylan Casey, Senior Director, Platforms
Your username is how we personalize your experience across Yahoo! including Mail, Flickr, Fantasy Sports among others. And, so it’s probably as important to you as it is to us.
Beginning today, you could find out if your dream Yahoo! username is now available. If you filled out the wishlist with your top five choices last month, you’ll be getting notified today about the username you’re able to claim as your very own. If you didn’t get your requested username this time around, that’s OK - because we’re launching a Watchlist and we’re automatically putting you on it for free.
Just for some fun, here are the most popular username requests, with first names leading the way:
Top 3 name requests for the guys:
Top 3 name requests for the ladies:
“Batman” and “Superman” even showed up high on the list. I wish I had thought of those.
If you weren’t a part of the Wishlist, $1.99 gets you access to the Watchlist, which lets you watch up to five usernames for three years. If one of the names becomes available, we’ll hold it for you for 14 days and you’re next in line.
Your safety and security are important to us, so for more details on our approach to privacy protection during this process, please go here.
Enjoy the Yahoo! experience with your new username!
[photos via joshua smith & roy luck]
London Calling: BIG News One Direction Fans! We’ll be LIVE streaming the #1DMoviePremiere red carpet straight from the U.K. on Tuesday morning (8/20) at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET! Watch it here!
World Premiere Red Carpet Livestream
By Lisa Moshfegh, Marketing Manager, Yahoo! Entertainment
You may have heard One Directions’ “Best Song Ever” and now you can get ready for the Best LIVESTREAM Ever! Straight from their hometown in London, England, Yahoo! Movies will be livestreaming the red carpet pre-show for the world premiere of One Direction: This Is Us!
WHEN: Tomorrow - Tuesday, August 20
TIME: 9:00 AM PT & 12:00 PM ET
This is Zayn, Louis, Niall, Harry and Liam’s FIRST feature film premiere and we all couldn’t be more excited!
Make sure to check out the boys in their suits & ties at: http://movies.yahoo.com/one-direction/
Catch the fun on Twitter at #1DMoviePremiere and #YahooLoves1D!
By Marco Wirasinghe, Director of Mobile Products
Checking the weather should be beautiful, intuitive and personalized, no matter where you are or what device you’re using. That’s why we’re excited to share that today, we’re releasing a brand new Yahoo! Weather Android app for users worldwide. We’re hopeful you’ll love seeing the weather with a new design and lots of data enhancements.
The new Yahoo! Weather Android app showcases the new beautiful design you’ve been waiting for. We’ve brought gorgeous Flickr photos of locations by weather and by time of day to the front of our experience. We’ve also added more data than ever before, Yahoo! Weather now includes 10-day forecasts, 24 hour forecast, chance of precipitation, wind and pressure, moon phases, UV patterns, sunrise and sunset times, an interactive map and a new widget for your lock screen.
The app is free and available internationally for Android in Google Play.
We hope you enjoy Yahoo! Weather as much as we enjoyed making it. Please continue to send us your feedback and Flickr photos!
by Robertson Barrett, VP of Yahoo! News and Finance
Do you want an inside look at the story behind the headlines? Today, we are debuting two digital-only original programs, “World News: Beyond The Headline" and “Nightline Fix" on Yahoo! News in partnership with ABC News. We announced these unique, digital-only daily programs at our April Newfront, and are excited for you to check out the inaugural episodes of both shows below.
World News: Beyond The Headline
Get something that you won’t get anywhere else: Diane Sawyer and a team of world-class correspondents deliver that extra interesting nugget with insights from correspondents all over the world. Beyond The Headline offers the story behind the story and will also feature Person of the Week, which we know is a favorite for viewers.
Nightline Fix is a smart take on the news stories that start conversations. On a daily basis, the team will deliver signature enterprise journalism with an edge. This original program gives you a first-look into the stories featured on Nightline from entertainment to pop-culture trends to breaking news and international exposés. Some of the first episodes provide an inside look at the latest extreme weight loss method, and answer the question “Why Won’t Jennifer Aniston Join Twitter.”
We look forward to sharing more content on Yahoo! News from the nearly two year-long partnership with ABC News.