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 (http://video.yahoo.com),
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!
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
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.