How Many Video Sharing Sites Do We Need?

from the the-number-keeps-growing-and-growing-and-growing dept

There's been a lot of joking about just how many online video sharing startups there are, with new ones coming out just about every day. However, it's not just the little guys. While there's been some speculation that some big media player will come along and overpay for YouTube, at least one big media player believes it can build such a site on its own. AOL is apparently launching its own video portal that will offer both free and paid-downloads. While much of the press coverage focuses on how some of the paid content will be licensed from Time Warner competitors, perhaps a more interesting tidbit is the fact that it looks like Time Warner is spreading this video portal across multiple brands. Most of the press is simply referring to this as an "AOL" property -- but a News.com story talks about CNN's video site, which we're assuming is related (if not, then things are even more screwed up at Time Warner than we'd previously imagined). The CNN offering is designed to get people to upload newsworthy videos, which we've seen have been showing up in increasing frequency on other video hosting sites. If it's true that the AOL and CNN offerings are linked, then at least it suggests someone has finally started thinking about ways to actually leverage the various brands inside the Time Warner portfolio across each other. Still, at some point, you have to wonder how much value there is in simply copying what everyone else has already done, rather than offering something that's convincingly better and different.

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    Anonymous Coward, 31 Jul 2006 @ 8:32am

    Re: Some people are missing the point...

    I agree, the web is slowing down because too many of the companies that have the resources to innovate are simplying copying each other to see if they can make a quick buck. Really did we need another myspace?? Hell no, all we needed was geocities, college club, etc. Myspace is just the next cool fad that's a sitting duck until the next copycat decides to enter the market. I miss innovation, there are too many choices being given for free bullshit like video exchange and not enough for stuff that really matter helping geeks get a change in the job market. While we're uploading free bullshit like videos jobs are diminishing. I'd rather pay for things that matter than waste time toying around with free sites that simply mimic each other for the sake of being "cool" with no real business model.

    How many techies will these free sites employ? When you're out of the 19-25 age range how will these bullshit sites help you make a living being a techie? Those are the types of issues that need to be addressed by Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, AOL and all the other giants that find it easier to fking copy than innovate and create jobs.

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