Yahoo Video Allows Uploads & Sharing

Yahoo Video, previously offering content found only by crawling the web, now has changed to also allow uploads from content owners, similar to services that YouTube and Google Video offer. I'm away at our SES London show, so I can't take a longer look at the service now. Instead, TechCrunch has a short review here and the press release is below. TechCrunch is disappointed that the product isn't integrated into Flickr. Putting video into Flickr is something that Yahoo's debating, they told me when I talked with them about upcoming changes last month. However, there's a concern that it might change the style or usage of Flickr too much and remains something the company is examining and debating. So stay tuned. The press release:

Yahoo! Debuts Next Generation Video Experience

Yahoo! Video combines search, upload and community, enabling publishers to be discovered by users everywhere in the world of online video

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 1, 2006 - Yahoo! Inc., (Nasdaq: YHOO) a leading global Internet company, today introduced Yahoo! Video (, an online video destination that combines the power of Yahoo! Search with new upload, browse and community features. These new services, coupled with Yahoo!?s extensive and highly engaged global audience, uniquely position Yahoo! to deliver a comprehensive, entertaining online video experience to users and an unparalleled distribution platform to video publishers.

?As the video space continues to emerge, our strengths in search, content, personalization and community make it possible for Yahoo! to offer a highly engaging video experience for both users and publishers,? said Jason Zajac, general manager of social media. ?Yahoo! Video makes it easy for users to discover high quality content, while video creators can be discovered by the Web?s largest global audience.?

Yahoo! Video allows users to access the most popular and relevant videos on the Internet including Lazy Ramadi, The Glomp, and the latest Shakira music video. It brings together content in more ways than any other video Web site by crawling the Web, accepting uploads, receiving direct feeds from partners, and leveraging the Yahoo! Media Group?s unique content and industry relationships. As a leader in online video, Yahoo! already hosts and serves hundreds of millions of music, news, sports, movies, and television videos per month. Now, Yahoo! Video combines these assets with content from across the Web and directly from publishers, enabling users to determine what videos are most important to them:

? Featured, Popular, Category and Tag sections enable users to easily browse for videos.

? Users can subscribe to and watch channels, groups of videos related by source or topic, to stay current on content from their favorite publishers.

? Users can access the largest database of videos on the Web through Yahoo! Search

Additionally, Yahoo! Video enables users and video enthusiasts to participate in an active social community by rating, reviewing and sharing videos. Users can save videos to a ?My Favorites? section and then tag them, making retrieval easier. Friends can share content via Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger. In addition, users can also share uploaded videos by embedding a version of a Yahoo! Video player with the video of their choice into their Web site or blog for the world to see.

Yahoo! offers video publishers the opportunity to be discovered by millions. Yahoo! Video empowers publishers with free tools and a platform to distribute their content and to create both individual identity and shared communities around video. Publishers can:

? Upload videos to Yahoo! Video, manage content, and track views and ratings through ?MyStudio?

? Build a publisher profile, create channels and establish an identity for the Web to discover

? Potentially have their videos featured on Yahoo! Video, within a Yahoo! property, or on the Yahoo! Homepage

About Yahoo!

Yahoo! Inc. is a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. Yahoo! seeks to provide online products and services essential to users' lives, and offers a full range of tools and marketing solutions for businesses to connect with Internet users around the world. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

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