Youku Tudou Inc. (formerly Youku Inc.), doing business as Youku[5] (Chinese: 优酷; lit. 'excellent (and) cool'),[6] is a video hosting service based in Beijing, China. It operates as a subsidiary of Alibaba Group Holding Limited.

Youku Tudou Inc.
Screenshot of Youku home page
Type of businessSubsidiary
Type of site
Video hosting service
Available inChinese
English (Global edition only)
Vietnamese (Global edition only)
Thai (Global edition only)
Indonesian (Global edition only)
Spanish (Global edition only)
Malay (Global edition only)
Portugese (Global edition only)
FoundedMarch 2006; 17 years ago (2006-03)
Founder(s)Victor Koo
ServicesOnline services
RevenueUS$649.5 million (2014)[3]
ParentAlibaba Group (Chinese edition) (Global edition)
(required to upload and/or comment on videos)
Launched21 December 2006; 16 years ago (2006-12-21)
Current statusActive
Simplified Chinese优酷
Traditional Chinese優酷
Literal meaningexcellent (and) cool

Youku has its headquarters in the Sinosteel Plaza in Haidian District, Beijing.[7][8]

On 12 March 2012, Youku reached an agreement to merger with Tudou in a stock-for-stock transaction, the new entity being named Youku Tudou Inc.[9] In 2014, it had more than 500 million monthly active users, with 800 million daily video views.[10]

Youku is one of China's top online video and streaming service platforms, along with iQiyi, Sohu, LeTV, Tencent Video, PPTV, and Funshion. However, Youku's domination in the Chinese market was toppled by its competitor Baidu's iQiyi in 2015.[11]

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