While Youtube is by far the most popular site when looking for videos online, sometimes finding on the site that particular rare vid you’ve been wanting to see is not that easy and let’s admit it, if that video is not on YouTube for some reason, it’s kind of hard to think where else it may be found. So what options do you have?
Vuidoo.com is a very good one and here is why: the site is a great search engine that searches for videos in a number of sites simultaneously. The search database for Vuidoo which employs Google video technology includes as much as 20 sites such as Dailymotion, Google Video, LiveVideo, Metacafe, Break, Uncut, Blip.TV and others.
When it comes to odd or rare videos the more sources you have available for searching the better chances to actually find them and this is what will probably make very quickly Vuidoo a popular service.
The video sharing platform scene has a brand-new candidate – Dyyno. To make a good first impression right away the platform says its users are spared of any IT involvement.talking about a first impression, Dyyno looks like wanting to attract businesses and entrepreneurs especially since presentations and flash media are quite a peach to broadcast. Moreover, the platform brags about being “10 times less” costly than most of the other similar services.
For those interested in more technical details, Dyyno is a hybrid reliable streaming solution designed to support HD resolutions to up to 20 FPS; one excellent feature is its ability to adapt easily to various rendering technologies.
Getting back to how useful this platform is to individual users, well …it is. Dyyno allows sharing of any type of media – from live videos to camcorder streams and all the other you’re probably familiar with.
There’s a personal channel users can try for free and if further interest is developed they can opt for a paid account to fully benefit of all features. Additionally, there’s also “Dyyno Broadcast Station”, a channel addressed to users (large groups) who want to broadcast to medium-sized to large communities.
The site reads:
“Instantly share live video and rich media with an audience of 1,10 or 10,000 viewers. Dyyno’s reliable and brandable video-sharing platform enables individuals, small and medium businesses (SMBs), communities, and enterprises to instantly share video and multimedia without IT involvement and for 10 times less cost than traditional solutions.”
The world’s largest BitTorrent tracker, The Pirate Bay has enriched its service pack with a free video converter designed to let users transfer their favorite movies and TV programs on almost every mobile device, TorrentFreak reports.
The device called ViO converter can reduce AVI, WMV ,MPEG, MP4 and other formats to 20% of their original size keeping at the same time the initial quality of the image. It is presented as delivering “better video quality, higher resolution and smaller file sizes, than anything else on the market today.”
The program is available for free download and you can currently access the ViO website at a subdomain of The Pirate Bay.
ViO converter is completely free and offers pre-configured settings for the most commonly used mobile devices such as the iPod, iPhone and BlackBerry.
From the site:
Expand your known media universe with the ViO toolbar browser extension! A dynamic video directory guide of all streaming video sites on the net, featuring a tube site ripper, powerful media search engine and one-click access to ViO video converter straight from your browser!
DOWNLOAD VIO MOBILE
DOWNLOAD VIO TOOLBAR
Things reached a deadlock in the partnership between Warner Music Group and YouTube. What was expected as licensing agreement being renewed for the WMG’s music videos ended with the record company pulling its artists from the Google-owned video site.
Warner came with a statement:”We are working actively to find a resolution with YouTube that would enable the return of our artists’ content to the site. Until then, we simply cannot accept terms that fail to appropriately and fairly compensate recording artists, songwriters, labels and publishers for the value they provide.”
Google came also with a statement of its own Friday on its blog: “If we can’t reach acceptable business terms, we must part ways with successful partners. For example, you may notice videos that contain music owned by Warner Music Group being blocked from the site.
Currently YouTube is generating significant revenue for at least one of the major labels. According to CNET News earlier this week, Rio Caraeff, Universal Music’s digital chief, said that YouTube brought in “tens of millions” of dollars for the recording company in 2008, up 80 percent from last year.
Among Warner’s most popular musicians who will be removed from YouTube, are Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, REM, Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Grateful Dead, TI.
Warner‘s somehow rash decision costs the company access to the most popular online video site, which hit a record of 100 million visitors in October. Step by step YouTube has established itself as one of the Web’s most successful ad-supported jukeboxes.
The problem of geographic restrictions is a real pain in the back for a great number of video sites users but the surprise comes with the somewhat ignorance (tough I’m not sure this is the right word) of the sites employing such restrictions- they are actually doing themselves a big disadvantage. Techdirt has posted the view of one of their readers affected by the aforementioned restriction. You have to give him credit indeed – what he writes here includes many of Internet users out there. His name is Santiago Crespo and this is what he writes:
I live in Argentina, in South America and am an avid Heroes and House follower, but there’s a problem watching those shows in our side of the world. Big network subsidiaries offer cable access to American TV shows, but for some unknown reason they can take up to six months to subtitle them in Spanish, and therefore we’re stuck watching last season episodes all the time. I don’t need subtitles to watch the series, since my grasp of the English language is decent enough to understand what the show is about.
But every time you want to use any legal video site such as Hulu, the NBC website, Sling.com or even some bits of YouTube (Geo-restricted music videos), it will show an error message saying you’re “geographically challenged.” So instead of geolocalizing ads (as Google does, since I get ads for Deremate.com, a Latin American eBay clone here on Techdirt) they leave me no choice but to head over to the pirate bay to get my fix ad-free.
And even if your comprehension of English isn’t good enough to watch the shows downloaded from Bittorrent, every single TV episode gets fansubbed within 24 hours of airing. I think the big networks are wasting a revenue opportunity by limiting who can watch their shows (6 months from now if you have cable) instead of letting you watch them on-line (unlimited audience potential) with some geo-located ads.
The guy lays cards on the table – while the things are like this either because of some being stuck in old times and not so smart geographic “rights” issues being applied or because some agreements only grants the companies the right to broadcast content in particular geographical areas, the fact that efforts to change them are still not that obvious lets me confused. In my opinion, the content owners should have come up with a solution by now because with the given situation things are not moving in their favour but rather enforcing the tendency towards piracy.