Youku Video Service Tutorial

China has the largest number of online video viewers, with around 450 million. That is nearly 80% of the internet connected population.Their number will rise to 700 million by 2016. Read more about China’s video industry here.

The Youtube of China? The Netflix of China? The Hulu of China? Youku, China’s biggest web streaming video service defies simple description as it offers features that resemble all of the aforementioned services. Once a haven of piracy, now it’s a very deep library of user-generated content, licensed movies and TV shows, and its own original content.  Youku reached 309 million monthly visits in 2014, and this figure will increase considerably in next year.

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Thanks to WP Video Robot, you can take part of that rising and huge chinese video industry !
Get WPVR – Youku Video Service, and start to import thousands and thousands of videos from Youku, straight to your site. Drain a part of chinese traffic and earn more money !

This tutorial will detail the content of this addon and show you how to use Youku video Service.


If you need help to install the Youku addon, here is a tutorial for that.

First of allhead to WPVR Addons > Youku VS. Enable the addon by toggle option from OFF to ON.
By default Youku API credentials are empty. We strongly recommend you create your own, to avoid quota limitations. As a start you can use the default ones, by clicking the RESET TO DEFAULT button and then Save options.


Once enabled, the addon will add the YOUKU video service to all sources and videos screens. You will be then able to handle Youku sources and videos as any Youtube or Vimeo ones.

Let’s start !
Go ahead, and set up your very first Youku test source. Head to Sources > New Source, you’ll notice a new video service on the Source Informations metabox. Click Youku and choose one of the 4 source types available : SEARCH, PLAYLIST, USER, VIDEOS.2.-YouKu

Once you saved your source, you can now test it out, to see what videos are being retreived.


As you usually do for Youtube videos, you can choose which videos from the results you want to add. Then click ‘Add Items’ button.
If you want to make some changes to your source, click the ‘Edit Source’ button.4.-YouKu

You can now test your new source, or run it. You can also schedule it to be run each hour or once a day, exactely as any other video service source.

You can also add a single video manually. For that head to Videos > Add New.youku addon wp video robot manual adding
tart by checking the YOUKU radio button, then enter the video id as defined on the pattern example. Then you have to enable video data grabbing and choose what data you want to import. Finally hit the Publish button.

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Youku videos are also rendered eaxactely as any other service’s videos. Other customization addons also work properly on them.

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If you need any help using the Youku Video Service addon, you can ask for help on the addons support forum.

Cheers !