Elon Musk’s X is launching a YouTube clone for smart TVs, starting with Amazon and Samsung, in its bid to pivot to video

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In a bid to compete with YouTube and recast itself as a video platform, Elon Musk’s X is launching a television app for Amazon and Samsung smart TVs, a source at the company told Fortune. The company plans to launch the app next week, and a source says it looks “identical” to YouTube’s TV app.

Musk’s goal is to encourage users to watch “long videos on a bigger screen,” part of a plan first teased in July designed to make X more attractive to online influencers and advertisers.

“He is set on competing with YouTube,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous because they weren’t authorized to talk to the press. The source cited live-streaming platform Twitch, the encrypted messaging app Signal, and the social media forum Reddit among some of the other services that Musk wants to compete with.

The launch of X’s TV app comes as the platform, formerly known as Twitter and mostly popular as a service for posting short text-based messages, seeks to play a larger role in the crowded streaming video market. In January, X declared that it was “now a video-first platform,” touting a new video feature reminiscent of TikTok’s immersive full-screen infinite scroll experience.

In 2016, after Twitter struck a $10 million deal to stream 10 NFL games, the company launched video streaming apps for Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Xbox One.

Musk’s vision for streaming video seems to be focused around media celebrities, online influencers, and online video game streaming. The social media platform recently inked a deal with former CNN star anchor Don Lemon for a new show exclusively on X, and former Fox news pundit Tucker Carlson often publishes long-form video content on X, most notably a recent interview with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Competing with YouTube, which is owned by Google, isn’t exactly easy, but luring creators with wads of cash could help X catch up. Nearly half of YouTube’s U.S. viewership was on TVs in 2023, according to the Information, and Nielsen in January revealed YouTube is the overall top streaming service in the U.S., with 8.6% of viewing on television screens (compared to Netflix, which saw 7.9% of TV usage.)

In a recent blog, YouTube announced that views of YouTube Shorts, its TikTok clone, have surged by over 100% on connected televisions from January to September 2023.

Despite the deals and features, X still seems to be bleeding users and advertisers, with a new report from Edison Research revealed Wednesday that usage of the platform has dropped 30% in the last year. Advertisers including Disney, IBM, and Apple, left X in droves after Musk said in a post that an antisemitic conspiracy theory was the “absolute truth.” He further alienated Madison Avenue by accusing advertisers of blackmailing X in an expletive-filled on-stage talk, leaving X currently reliant on strange ads from low-quality marketers and spam accounts.

The valuation of X has also plummeted under Musk’s ownership. Fidelity, a shareholder in X, says the platform is now worth 71.5% less than when Musk acquired it for $44 billion.

X did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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