United States: Those annoying video annotations on YouTube will finally be removed by default starting early 2019, Google has announced.
YouTube had removed Annotations Editor already in 2017, along with the ability to create new annotations or edit existing ones. Starting January 15, 2019, the remaining annotations will also be removed.
Uploaders can instead use tools like cards and end screens to supplement links to related videos. The end screens are already available in YouTube Studio beta and the cards will soon be launched.
In addition to that, YouTube also announced that it will no longer allow uploading new shows playlists or movies, or edit existing ones in Creator Studio. Video credits that allow you to list out channels that appear below the video's description will also be removed. You will no longer be able to create these types of video credits. You can instead include a collaborator's channel URL in the description of your video.