YouTube, in its push to compete more directly with traditional TV channels and services like Hulu and Netflix, has created some standout content, but most of the new channels seem to mimic the typical pop culture, sports and gossip fare found on many cable outlets, Mike Hale writes. "With regular weekly shows and viewer-friendly playlists, they are indeed slightly more televisionlike than the millions of mostly homemade videos that surround them. But the harder they try to resemble television, the less interesting they are," he writes.

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