Light Reading

Video Site Cheat Sheet

Phil Harvey
The Philter
Phil Harvey
6/27/2006
50%
50%

Editor's Note: The Video Site Cheat Sheet has been updated several times since this post was first published on June 27. The most recent version (and all future versions) can be found right here: http://www.lightreading.com/videoshare.

1:30 PM -- Confused about all the sites out there offering video sharing services? Me too.

I don't pretend to know the subtle business model difference between YouTube and Metacafe, if there is one. Adding to my confusion is the fact that the same five "viral videos" seem to show up as the most viewed on every single video sharing site. How does anyone make a dime serving up the same video that everyone else is serving?

Sites like blip.tv are generally exceptions to the viral video thing, since they specialize in original content, but you have to wonder how quickly they'll need to forge relationships with real TV providers before they offer the kind of distribution required to make real money.

For consumers, though, the real question: What does each site offer and what does it cost? To help, I've made an attempt to put all these video sharing sites into some kind of digestible format. I would have baked the info into a cake -- that's even more digestible -- but who has the time?

Of course, the chart that follows doesn’t have everything. Sites like Motionbox and Xolo aren't fully functioning yet. And I wasn't sure how to classify VideoEgg or ClickTV, because they seem to be video utilities/platforms rather than destination sites. And vpod.tv is a total mystery, unless the product the company is making is actually just a ream of press clippings about its founders, in which case, I'd say the whole project is a roaring success.

Anyway, here's the chart:

Table 1: The Philter's Video Site Cheat Sheet

Web Site Does the service offer video editing capability? What's the file size limit? How much does it cost? Can I keep a video private? Does it require a software download?
Atom Films (AddictingClips.com) No 100 Mbytes. Clips must be under 10 minutes in length. Free Yes No
blip.tv No There's no enforced limit. But the service "strongly recommends" files smaller than 100 Mbytes "for performance purposes." Free No No
ClipShack No 100 Mbytes Free No No
eyespot Yes Max one-time upload limit is seven 50-Mbyte videos Free No No
Google Video No None. From the company's user guidelines: "You can upload as many videos to Google Video as you like, without any size or length limitations." WOW! Free No No
Grouper Yes None. This is a P2P video sharing application so there's a short preview for each movie, then users can download what they want. Free (for now) Yes Yes
HomeMovie.com Yes None Free (share up to 5 hours of video online per month) Yes Yes
iFilm No 100 Mbytes Free No No
Jumpcut Yes 50 Mbytes Free Yes No
Metacafe No 100 Mbytes Free No No
Phanfare No Under 5 minutes in length or less than 1 Gbyte in size $6.95/mo. for unlimited storage Yes Yes
Putfile No 25 Mbytes Free No No
Revver No 100 Mbytes Free No Yes
Sharkle No 100 Mbytes Free (up to 1 Gbyte of storage) Yes No
Veoh No None. This is a P2P sharing platform where a short clip of up to 3 minutes is shown from Veoh.com and users decide from that whether to download the rest of the whole video. Free Yes Yes
Vimeo No 30 Mbytes a week Free No No
vMix Yes (For slideshows only) 200 Mbytes Free Yes No
vSocial No 100 Mbytes Free No No
Yahoo Video No 100 Mbytes Free No No
YouTube No None. From the site's FAQ: "Most videos on YouTube are under five minutes long. There is no specific length limit, but longer videos require more compression to fit in the 100MB size limit, and the quality will go down as the length of the video goes up." Free Yes No
Sources: Company data, Light Reading, Bob Woodward, and the ghost of Federico Fellini


— Phil Harvey, Video Editor, Light Reading

(33)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Page 1 / 4   >   >>
Scott Raynovich
50%
50%
Scott Raynovich,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:50:36 AM
re: Video Site Cheat Sheet
Great, the VCs have gone crazy overfunding a space again!

Hundreds of goofy homeade videos, everywhere!

Free Storage!

sounds like a recipe for burning money to me. Does anybody know somebody with a good business model?

DCITDave
50%
50%
DCITDave,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:50:35 AM
re: Video Site Cheat Sheet
If you really want to share video, personal Web hosting is so dirt cheap these days that it's almost insane not go to that route.

You control everything. And no one preempts your kid's birthday videos with online poker ads and whatnot.

ph
DCITDave
50%
50%
DCITDave,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:50:29 AM
re: Video Site Cheat Sheet
Mr. Hudack,

Thanks for reading and it was nice talking with you the other day.

And you're right -- if someone is hoping to share something with a massive audience, they will need to use a site that's built for massive traffic spikes.

Two questions, though:

1. The viral video thing. Most of this is just stolen TV and movie clips. Is anyone getting sued for hosting this stuff and serving ads on top of it?

2. The distribution end game. How and when will a service like blip.tv reach me in my living room?

Shill away,
ph
DCITDave
50%
50%
DCITDave,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:50:29 AM
re: Video Site Cheat Sheet
Video Editing Capability: No
File Size Limit: 100 Mbytes
Cost: Free
Allows Private Videos: Yes
Software Download Required: No
mhudack
50%
50%
mhudack,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:50:29 AM
re: Video Site Cheat Sheet
Personal Web hosting is great for your kid's birthday video, but it breaks down for anything more serious than that. What happens when you post a video interview with Nintendo at E3 (as one of our users at blip.tv recently did) and it goes completely crazy with tens of thousands of people requesting it in a matter of minutes?

If that video is on your personal Web hosting account your ISP will either shut you down or charge you thousands of dollars in bandwidth overage. Services like blip.tv (which I'm shilling for, as I'm a founder) provide you cost certainty for that kind of content.
mhudack
50%
50%
mhudack,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:50:29 AM
re: Video Site Cheat Sheet
I'm a founder (and the CEO of) blip.tv, and I'd like to think we have a good business model. Time will tell, but so far it's working out -- we're in serious danger of becoming cash flow positive in the very near future.

There are two approaches to a market like this: Either build a business that hemorrhages cash and is built to be bought, or build a business that manages cashflow well and is built to stand alone as a real company. We've picked the latter, but many companies out there (in the video space and elsewhere in "Web 2.0") have picked the former.
dublindog
50%
50%
dublindog,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:50:27 AM
re: Video Site Cheat Sheet
You forgot Photobucket, who although is the largest photo sharing site on the web http://weblogs.hitwise.com/lee...

They also do videos. 100MB file limit 3 min video clip, you can set it private. No editing, but I hear it's coming, and no software to download.
hullymon
50%
50%
hullymon,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:50:26 AM
re: Video Site Cheat Sheet
Filemobile would fit into that category....
It lets you upload 25MB of video, and blog to any blog site, as well as podcast to IPOD... Movies can be semi-private and public.
DCITDave
50%
50%
DCITDave,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:50:25 AM
re: Video Site Cheat Sheet
Video Editing Capability: No
File Size Limit: 100 Mbytes
Cost: Free
Allows Private Videos: Yes
Software Download Required: No
DCITDave
50%
50%
DCITDave,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:50:25 AM
re: Video Site Cheat Sheet
good one. what's it cost?
Page 1 / 4   >   >>
More Blogs from The Philter
There's an interesting tension between how much SDN can benefit service providers and how it could threaten their established businesses
Stanford's Nick McKeown says SDN won't take hold until networking equipment vendors give up some control
OneAPI may provide developers a reason to build apps and content for networks, not just mobile operating systems
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg defends his company's managed services deals and says he'd rather invest in R&D than make expensive acquisitions
Use our message boards to share photos from your Barcelona experience this week
Flash Poll
From The Founder
Anshul Sadana answers questions from Steve Saunders, Light Reading's founder and CEO, about Arista's CloudVision, a global cloud network controller for workload orchestration and workflow automation delivering a turnkey solution for cloud networking.
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
Between the CEOs
Video Exclusive With Basil Alwan, Alcatel-Lucent

7|24|15   |   26:44   |   (2) comments


Basil Alwan, President of IP Routing & Transport at Alcatel-Lucent, discusses virtualization, cultural challenges, the capex crunch and more with Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders.
LRTV Custom TV
VDF: Enable the Financial With Mobile Money

7|20|15   |   06:53   |   (0) comments


Ian Ravenscroft discusses how operators can expand to occupy the entire digital services value chain through service innovation.
LRTV Custom TV
Telefónica on OSS Transformation

7|20|15   |   06:01   |   (0) comments


Jose Gonzales discusses the details of Telefónica's operation transformation program.
LRTV Custom TV
Judi Achmadi on Huawei's Cloud Storage Solution

7|20|15   |   03:33   |   (0) comments


Judi discusses the key business goals of TelekomSigma's public cloud service and how Huawei's solution helps them address challenges.
LRTV Custom TV
KPN Enlightening Digital Business & IT Transformation

7|20|15   |   06:19   |   (0) comments


Rob de Beer discusses the changes that operators need to make with service innovation now coming from the Internet world.
LRTV Custom TV
Stratus Telco-Grade Cloud Solutions & NFV

7|20|15   |   07:34   |   (0) comments


Ali Kafel from Stratus Technologies addresses high-availability concerns within the telco industry with a solution that enables telcos to provide high-availability and stateful fault-tolerance using a software-based approach.
LRTV Documentaries
The Six Million Dollar Business Man

7|20|15   |   01:52   |   (0) comments


Steve Saunders, publisher. A man barely alive after an acquisition malfunction imploded the company he founded. Gentlemen, we can rebuild Light Reading. Better, faster, stronger.
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Anukool Lakhina, Guavus

7|20|15   |   38:51   |   (1) comment


Guavus CEO Anukool Lakhina talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the role of operational analytics in the communications services and networking sectors, particularly in relation to IoT.
LRTV Custom TV
IBM's Flash Storage With Intel QuickAssist

7|20|15   |   03:18   |   (0) comments


Intel's Bev Crair and IBM's Eric Herzog discuss how IBM's V9000 Flash Storage System has helped customers around the world. Featuring real-time compression powered by Intel QuickAssist Technology, the V9000 is a next-gen flash storage solution.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Thailand's AIS: Transforming to an FMC Operator

7|17|15   |   4:53   |   (0) comments


Saran Phaloprakarn, Senior VP of Fixed Broadband Business Management of Thailand's AIS, was a keynote speaker at the first Asia-Pacific Ultra Broadband Summit in Bangkok. In this video, he talks to Heavy Reading about transforming into an FMC (FBB+MBB+Content) operator.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Cambodia's TRC Discusses Its Plans for National Broadband

7|17|15   |   10:33   |   (0) comments


In this video, Chakyra Moa, Chairman of Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (TRC), talks in in-depth with Heavy Reading about the Cambodia's current telecom market and TRC's goals and expectations for the future.
LRTV Documentaries
5G Phone

7|16|15   |   2:09   |   (4) comments


A man has an opportunity to purchase the world's first working 5G phone. Imagine the possibilities...
Upcoming Live Events
September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Network operators start seeing savings from NFV in the first year, according to a study by Affirmed Networks and ACG.
Hot Topics
T-Mobile Launches RCS Messaging
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 7/22/2015
Huawei Working Hard for Rural Success
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 7/22/2015
AT&T U-verse TV Hits the Skids
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 7/24/2015
Eurobites: Alcatel-Lucent, Vodafone Test TWDM-PON
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 7/22/2015
Robbins Succeeds Chambers as Cisco Changes CEOs
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 7/27/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Basil Alwan, President of IP Routing & Transport at Alcatel-Lucent, discusses virtualization, cultural challenges, the capex crunch and more with Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders.
Guavus CEO Anukool Lakhina talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the role of operational analytics in the communications services and networking sectors, particularly in relation to IoT.