You tube

BBC News at 9pm tonight poorly covered You tube website.

It’s fascinating to see BBC reporters concerned about the potential of You tube and that whole “we the media” thing.

Personally I wish that BBC News published their enormous video collection in a similar way. Using the Web API, the regrettably proprietary Flash and progressive download is far better than Real player and Window media player.

I also think it is important that videos basically move off You tube. Their bandwidth bill must be astonishing and it can’t be sustainable. This delivery must be more distributed and that means people (like the BBC) should be offering videos on their own sites.

I imagine You tube will go down in history as a pioneering first mover. I find their Web application quite poor. I am usually offended by the comments or spam and I get frustrated by how hard it can be to find an entertaining video!

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