May 31, 2006 5:20 PM PDT

Yahoo launches new video site

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Yahoo is set to launch a new video Web site in a bid to cash in on the popularity of viral video, which has pushed YouTube front and center.

"Our goal is to be the starting place for finding video on the Web," said Jason Zajac, general manager of social media at Yahoo. The new site is scheduled to go live at 9 p.m. PT Wednesday at video.yahoo.com.

Images: Yahoo's video play

The redesigned Yahoo Video page will include a search box at the top and editorially chosen feature videos that are topical, interesting or popular among viewers. Users can also browse for video by categories or user-generated tags.

The search results page offers more detail on the video content, including source and length, as well as a breakdown of video that either fits in predetermined channels created by Yahoo or by people who have uploaded content, based on a single source or by topic. Viewers will be able to read ratings and reviews and forward content and links to friends via Yahoo Mail or Yahoo Messenger.

If the video is hosted on an outside site, such as YouTube, clicking the "play" button takes the viewer to the other site. Yahoo-hosted video allows people to watch the video directly on the site through an embedded video player.

Users can also paste the video into their own blogs and other Web sites, as well as create pages of their favorite videos and make those available as public play lists, Zajac said.

The new Yahoo Studio allows people to upload their own video, create a profile, and keep track of how many people watched the video and what the ratings are. People who upload video own the content but give Yahoo the rights to play and display it on Yahoo and partner sites, he said.

Got views on Vista?

Some Yahoo video pages will have banner ads, and eventually the site will display video ads. "As we go forward, Yahoo as all the systems, technology and sales people in place to run video ads as well," Zajac said.

The site competes with YouTube, AOL, Microsoft, Blinkx and Google Video, which provides access only to video that Google hosts and not from across the Web.

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It will probably suck just like YouTube and Google Video
The image quality on both is HORRIBLE. You CANNOT use it for training/learning purposes. Did you guys see the Vista demos? Font's gotta be 30 pts high to be readable. IT IS CRAP. Hence I say all of you companies SUCK! YOU SUCK YOU SUCK YOU SUCK! Yo, ever heard of p2p? [light bulb] Yeah, you know, it's this radically new concept whereby CONTENT THAT EATS UP LOTSA BANDWIDTH is distributed at FREE COST to the provider! WOW! What?? Did you call me a liar?? hehehe it's called UTILIZING THE UPSTREAM of your users! OK fine, you say "people want instant gratification and have measly upstream rates" - that is true. However this is changing and why not give some folks who REALLY REALLY LOVE some videoclip the option to download it FULL QUALITY via bittorrent-style mechanism. Because, you know, YouTube and the like is good for entertainment, but is worth jack **** for anything serious.

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It will probably suck just like YouTube and Google Video
The image quality on both is HORRIBLE. You CANNOT use it for training/learning purposes. Did you guys see the Vista demos? Font's gotta be 30 pts high to be readable. IT IS CRAP. Hence I say all of you companies SUCK! YOU SUCK YOU SUCK YOU SUCK! Yo, ever heard of p2p? [light bulb] Yeah, you know, it's this radically new concept whereby CONTENT THAT EATS UP LOTSA BANDWIDTH is distributed at FREE COST to the provider! WOW! What?? Did you call me a liar?? hehehe it's called UTILIZING THE UPSTREAM of your users! OK fine, you say "people want instant gratification and have measly upstream rates" - that is true. However this is changing and why not give some folks who REALLY REALLY LOVE some videoclip the option to download it FULL QUALITY via bittorrent-style mechanism. Because, you know, YouTube and the like is good for entertainment, but is worth jack **** for anything serious.

Just my 3c (inflation).
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Poor support for Mac
The new video site doesn't offer much support for Mac which is disappointing compared to offerings from Google and YouTube. With the advent of Flash Video, there's really no excuse for platform independent video. I also don't like the "pop-ups" for externally-hosted video. I like keeping the content all in my current viewport. There doesn't really seem to be anything exciting or better than the other offerings available. I'm really surprised by this product as I have been very impressed with Yahoo's investments in its other products like Mail beta and the new Maps API.
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Poor support for Mac
The new video site doesn't offer much support for Mac which is disappointing compared to offerings from Google and YouTube. With the advent of Flash Video, there's really no excuse for platform independent video. I also don't like the "pop-ups" for externally-hosted video. I like keeping the content all in my current viewport. There doesn't really seem to be anything exciting or better than the other offerings available. I'm really surprised by this product as I have been very impressed with Yahoo's investments in its other products like Mail beta and the new Maps API.
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Yahoo in China caninet.
I use Yahoo. What is their interest, other than the ol' dollar bill (yeng yang), in China? They not only hate the USA, But,Publicly threatened to wipe us out for intervening with" their" Party!What the hell is Yahoo thinking? Or, are they and million man army China linked?? please comment.
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Yahoo in China caninet.
I use Yahoo. What is their interest, other than the ol' dollar bill (yeng yang), in China? They not only hate the USA, But,Publicly threatened to wipe us out for intervening with" their" Party!What the hell is Yahoo thinking? Or, are they and million man army China linked?? please comment.
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Yahoo in China caninet.
I use Yahoo. What is their interest, other than the ol' dollar bill (yeng yang), in China? They not only hate the USA, But,Publicly threatened to wipe us out for intervening with" their" Party!What the hell is Yahoo thinking? Or, are they and million man army China linked?? please comment.
Posted by randyp53 (4 comments )
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Yahoo in China caninet.
I use Yahoo. What is their interest, other than the ol' dollar bill (yeng yang), in China? They not only hate the USA, But,Publicly threatened to wipe us out for intervening with" their" Party!What the hell is Yahoo thinking? Or, are they and million man army China linked?? please comment.
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