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The correct title of this article is blip.tv. The initial letter is shown capitalized because of technical restrictions.

blip.tv is a video sharing service designed for creators of user-generated content. blip.tv provides content creators with free hosting, support for a variety of video formats, distribution using technologies like RSS and an opt-in advertising program with a 50/50 revenue share. blip.tv focuses on "episodic content" or "shows," rather than viral video. Image File history File links Nuvola_apps_important. ... Shortcut: WP:WIN Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia and, as a means to that end, also an online community. ... Shortcut: WP:NPOV Wikipedia policy is that all articles should be written from a neutral point of view. ... Shortcut: WP:RULES Wikipedia is a collaborative project and its founders and contributors have a common goal: Wikipedia has some policies and guidelines that help us to work toward that common goal. ... User-generated content (UGC) refers to various kinds of media content that are produced or primarily influenced by end-users, as opposed to traditional media producers, licensed broadcasters and production companies. ... For RSS feeds from Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Syndication. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

In addition to its public services at www.blip.tv, the company also offers private label technology solutions for traditional media companies who want to integrate user-generated content into their existing platforms. Customers include Turner Broadcasting [1] and Conde Nast [2]. Turner Broadcasting logo Turner Broadcasting System (often abbreviated to Turner), based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is the company managing the collection of cable networks and properties started by Robert Edward Ted Turner from the mid-1970s to the late-1990s. ... Cond Montrose Nast, born March 26, 1873 in New York City, United States, died there on September 19, 1942, was the founder of Cond Nast Publications, a major American magazine publisher. ...

In December of 2006 blip.tv announced the launch of Amanda Congdon's new videoblog, Starring Amanda Congdon along with the fact that it would be sponsored by Dove and Paltalk at launch. Starring Amanda Congdon was the first independently produced videoblog, podcast or blog to launch with underwriting from a major brand[3]. Amanda Congdon, born 1981 New York City, is the co-producer and host of a weekly vidcast for ABC. She has a independent videoblog called Starring Amanda Congdon. ... Subfamilies see article text Feral Rock Pigeon beside Weiming Lake, Peking University Dove redirects here. ... Paltalk is an internet chat service for text, voice and video chatting. ...



blip.tv was founded in May of 2005 by Mike Hudack (CEO), Dina Kaplan (COO), Justin Day (CTO), Jared Klett and Charles Hope. The unusually large group of founders had been working together building knowledge-management software when they joined the Yahoo! Videoblogging Group and found that hundreds of videobloggers were creating high-quality independent video content for Web distribution. In the team's opinion existing software and services didn't meet videobloggers needs. They launched the first version of blip.tv the following week, based on their existing knowledge management software [4]. Mike Hudack is a founder and the CEO of blip. ... Charles Hope (1763 - 1851), was a Scottish politician and judge The eldest son of John Hope (1739-85), he studied law at Edinburgh University. ...

The founders "bootstrapped" the company for the first six months of its operation, working on the project part-time on nights and weekends. The company formally announced it had received angel funding in July of 2006 but did not reveal its investors or the amount of its funding [5]. In statements on mailing lists and in their blog, however, the company had made it clear prior to July of 2006 that they had been funded. An angel investor or business angel is an individual who provides capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for ownership equity. ...

Shortly after announcing its funding, blip.tv announced that CNN had licensed its platform to power user-generated content ingest and management for CNN iReport, the cable network's citizen journalism initiative [1]. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CNN iReport is a program from CNN designed to collect and utilize user-generated content as part of CNNs existing editorial process. ... Citizen journalism, also known as participatory journalism, is the act of citizens playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information, according to the seminal report We Media: How Audiences are Shaping the Future of News and Information, by Shayne Bowman and Chris...

The company now maintains offices in New York City's SoHo neighborhood. It appears to be operating on angel financing alone, at least insomuch as it has not announced a venture capital fundraising round, unlike most or all of its competitors. "We have been very carefully growing the business and hiring as we make money," says Hudack [6]. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Cast-iron architecture in Greene Street SoHo is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan. ... Venture capital is a general term to describe financing for startup and early stage businesses as well as businesses in turn around situations. ...


blip.tv has grown out of the "videoblogging community" and concentrates its sales, marketing and technology efforts on serving this community. The founders have often talked about how they focus on content creators making "serialized content" or "shows" rather than "viral video" or "friends and family" video. "The blip.tv formula purposefully does not emulate the YouTube viral video sharing and friends and family video hosting model," ZDNet blogger Donna Bogatin recently wrote [7].

User control

Bogatin's article also focuses on other aspects of blip.tv's philosophy, including blip.tv's ideal of placing video content creators "in control at all times." This leads to a sometimes dizzying array of options and controls in blip.tv's user "dashboard," including esoteric preferences regarding video formats such as OGG. Ogg is an open standard for a free container format for digital multimedia, unrestricted by software patents and designed for efficient streaming and manipulation. ...

blip.tv's distribution options, advertising options and video format choices are all subject to user control. In an interesting break from this philosophy, however, blip.tv does not allow users to choose whether to make a video public or not -- all videos are immediately and widely publicly viewable.

The company tends to spin this as being about "individual empowerment,"[8] both in terms of user control over their actual media and in the sense that blip.tv's users are "doing an end run around the [broadcast] networks."[7]

Copyright policy

blip.tv's terms of service state that uploaders to the service retain all copyrights of their videos. By uploading the videos, the creator gives blip.tv a revocable right to host and distribute the video on the user's behalf, but that right can be revoked by the content creator by deleting the video from the service. That said, the video remains on blip.tv's servers after deletion (but unavailable to the outside world). Users must e-mail blip.tv support to request complete video removal. Copyright symbol Copyright is a set of exclusive rights regulating the use of a particular expression of an idea or information. ...

In addition to the base license users give to blip.tv by uploading their work, users can also choose from a number of Creative Commons licenses to apply to their videos. Creative Commons search uses blip.tv for its video search platform. Creative Commons, some rights reserved. ...

Downloading videos

In general, blip.tv is an open platform. It offers direct download links for all videos it hosts, including videos that it has transcoded (i.e. Flash videos). This led Creative Commons founder Larry Lessig to call blip.tv a "true sharing site" (along with Flickr and Eyespot, among others) in contrast to YouTube's "fake sharing site" because blip.tv "explicitly offers links to download various formats of the videos it shares." [1] The Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative work available for others legally to build upon and share. ... Lawrence Lessig Lawrence Lessig (born June 3, 1961) is a professor of law at Stanford Law School and founder of its Center for Internet and Society. ... Flickr is a photo sharing website and web services suite, and an online community platform, which is generally considered an early example of a Web 2. ... Eyespot can refer to: Eyespot (insect photoreceptor): The area of an arthropod body (especially an insect) where the ocelli (photoreceptors) are located; Eyespot (mimicry): A form of automimicry in which a spot on the body of an animal resembles an eye of a different animal to deceive potential predator or... YouTube is a popular free video sharing website which lets users upload, view, and share video clips. ...

In addition to offering direct downloads of videos from its Web interface, blip.tv also offers RSS feeds which include "enclosures" for all video formats. The blip.tv Web site supports a number of open metadata standards, including microformats, RSS, Atom and JSON. For RSS feeds from Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Syndication. ... Microformats are mark-up that allow expression of semantics in an HTML (or XHTML) web page. ... For RSS feeds from Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Syndication. ... Properties In chemistry and physics, an atom (Greek ἄτομος or átomos meaning indivisible) is the smallest particle still characterizing a chemical element. ... JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is a lightweight computer data interchange format. ...

In particular, it's notable that blip.tv doesn't "lock down" uploaded content and prevent it from being reshared on other Web sites without attribution to the hosting service. The blip.tv Flash player does not include a blip.tv logo, and the Flash video content can be easily and seamlessly separated from the blip.tv Flash player without the use of special software.

In May of 2006 Fernando Cassia of The Inquirer "called out" blip.tv in an e-mail accusing the company of talking about open media without actually supporting it because "you encode your videos in proprietary, closed formats like Windows Media, Quicktime or Flash." Cassia challenged blip to use Ogg Theora, a "free as in free beer, open source as in freedom, and patent-free [video] codec."[citation needed] This article is about the British technology news website. ... Theora is a video codec being developed by the Xiph. ...

Twenty-four hours later Justin Day responded by saying "You've called us out, and we have responded. While most of our friends and neighbors were enjoying the sunny extended weekend, we spent it indoors making sure we live up to our credo. We will be releasing Ogg Theora support on blip.tv tomorrow, using the Cortado Java Applet player." [1] Several blip.tv shows now upload in Ogg Theora format, including Geek Entertainment TV.


blip.tv has been a consistent patron of the videoblogging community. The staff regularly participates in the Yahoo! Videoblogging Group and the company has consistently been the first sponsor signed up for significant community events like Vloggercon and the Vloggies.


blip.tv is designed for prosumer video producers, particularly those creating "episodic content." It therefore offers many options, sometimes in an overwhelming manner. Prosumer refers to one of two possible portmanteaus formed by contracting either the word producer or professional with the word consumer. ...

Uploading and video formats

Uploads may be made via a Web interface, FTP, from a mobile phone (through an e-mail address), a client-side batch uploader (Java, with versions available for Mac OS X and Windows) and through a version of the Internet Archive advance contribution interface. Uploads can be audio or video files in formats including Quicktime, MPEG, 3gp, DivX, Real Media, WMV, mp3 or OGG. Uploads through the Web interface can include multiple versions of the same video, i.e. in Quicktime, WMV and 3gp versions. Mac OS X (official IPA pronunciation: ) is a line of proprietary, graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. ... 1. ... The logo of Internet Archive Internet Archive headquarters The Internet Archive (IA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining an on-line library and archive of Web and multimedia resources. ... QuickTime is a multimedia framework developed by Apple Inc. ... The Moving Picture Experts Group or MPEG is a working group of ISO/IEC charged with the development of video and audio encoding standards. ... 3GP is a multimedia container format defined by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) for use on 3G mobile phones. ... DivX is a brand name of products created by DivX, Inc. ... RealMedia is a multimedia container format created by RealNetworks. ... Windows Media Video (WMV) is a generic name for the set of streaming video technologies developed by Microsoft. ... MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is a popular audio encoding format. ... Ogg is an open standard for a free container format for digital multimedia, unrestricted by software patents and designed for efficient streaming and manipulation. ...

The blip.tv FAQ states that recommended maximum file size is 150mb, though there are no hard limits; in practice blip.tv accepts uploads up to 1 gigabyte. Transcodes of larger video files may fail, leaving only the user-uploaded version viewable.

Uploaded files are made available on www.blip.tv and [username].blip.tv immediately, and a transcoded Flash video version is made available five to fifteen minutes later. Users can choose whether to display the transcoded Flash version by default, or their original video version. Flash Video (FLV) is a proprietary file format used to deliver video over the Internet using Adobe Flash Player (formerly known as Macromedia Flash Player) version 6, 7, 8, or 9. ...


blip.tv makes all uploaded video files available on its destination site and on a video blog it creates for all users, found at [username].blip.tv. Videos are available for viewing immediately after uploading in both of these interfaces. blip.tv also offers copy and paste HTML for placing videos on other Web sites, a feature it calls "cross-posting" to automatically syndicate videos to other Web sites, and RSS feeds for the syndication of user videos to aggregators. For RSS feeds from Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Syndication. ...

Videos uploaded to blip.tv can be automatically syndicated to AOL Video, MSN Video and Live.com, Dabble, Mefeedia, FireANT, iTunes and other platforms. MSN Video is an internet video download service created and run by Microsoft. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Windows Live. ... This article is about about the iTunes application. ...

Copy & paste HTML

After uploading, users are presented with HTML code that can be copy and pasted into any Web site, including blogging systems. There are four or more presentation options for the copy & pasted video, including an "inline player" (similar to other video services), a "thumbnail flipper" (which displays a thumbnail which, when clicked, turns into a video player) and a "pop-up player" (which displays a thumbnail which, when clicked, opens a pop-up window with the video playing within it.

Users of the copy & paste HTML can choose a "preferred video format" to display. If that preferred video format is not available, blip.tv will fall back to what it considers the "next best" format for display. Users can, for example, copy and paste a video into their Web site before Flash video transcoding is completed but indicate that Flash video is their "preferred format." Under this scenario another version of the video will be displayed (QuickTime, for example) until the Flash transcoded version is available. At that time the Flash version will be presented to viewers.


blip.tv uses publicly published APIs to automatically publish videos to a number of systems, including blogging platforms like Movable Type, WordPress and Blogger. Users can setup cross-posting in their blip.tv preferences by sharing information about the platform they want to publish to, like the username and password they use to login to the platform. From that point, the Web-based upload form and the client-side batch uploader present checkboxes as part of the interface to publish the uploaded video to those destinations. Once the video is uploaded, software runs in the background to publish the video to the destinations. API may refer to: In computing, application programming interface In petroleum industry, American Petroleum Institute In education, Academic Performance Index This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... A case of cast metal type pieces and typeset matter in a composing stick Movable type is the system of printing and typography using movable pieces of metal type, made by casting from matrices struck by letterpunches. ... WordPress is a blog publishing system written in PHP and backed by a MySQL database. ... The term Blogger may refer to: A blogger, someone who maintains a weblog. ...

Supported destinations include:

  • MySpace (as MySpace bulletins or blog entries)
  • Blogger
  • MovableType
  • WordPress and WordPress.com
  • TypePad
  • Flickr (the video thumbnail is posted to Flickr with a link to the video on blip.tv)
  • del.icio.us (a link to the video with the tags entered on blip.tv is posted to the user's del.icio.us account)
  • Any MovableType API, Metaweblog API, Blogger API or Atom API enabled content management sysetm

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blip.tv can automatically upload videos to the Internet Archive for users who have both blip.tv accounts and Internet Archive accounts. The premise behind this feature is that it allows users to feel safe that their video will be available for the long-term, even if blip.tv's servers experience problems or the company goes out of business. The logo of Internet Archive Internet Archive headquarters The Internet Archive (IA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining an on-line library and archive of Web and multimedia resources. ...

Cross-uploading works in much the same manner as cross-posting, but can be somewhat unreliable because of software communication issues with the Archive. The Internet Archive recently created a blip.tv collection dedicated to videos cross-uploaded through blip.tv.

RSS and web feeds

blip.tv offers every user RSS feeds of their videos. The RSS feeds include enclosures to allow software programs like iTunes to automatically download and play the videos. blip.tv's RSS feeds also use MediaRSS to include information about other versions of the video, including the Flash version. This article is about about the iTunes application. ...

Distribution partnerships

blip.tv has partnered with Akimbo to offer "top" blip.tv shows on Akimbo set-top boxes. Look up akimbo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


blip.tv allows users to opt into its advertising program, which is divided into two strata. For "high-end" content producers (as arbitrarily determined by blip.tv) the company will sell sponsorships in cooperation with the content producer. These sponsorships may include product endorsement, host statements or product placement.

For all other content producers, blip.tv offers an "advertising marketplace" which allows users to opt into specific advertising formats and advertising partners. Options include post-roll and player-adjacent advertisements.

All revenue from advertising is split 50/50 between content producers and blip.tv. Users can opt in and out of advertisements at any time.

Notable content on blip.tv

Prominent shows on blip.tv include Amanda Congdon's Amanda Across America (the former host of Rocketboom), Goodnight Burbank, Break a Leg, Governor Tom Vilsack and A Story of Healing. Users include Jeff Jarvis, Marc Canter and Dave Winer. Amanda Congdon, born 1981 New York City, is the co-producer and host of a weekly vidcast for ABC. She has a independent videoblog called Starring Amanda Congdon. ... Rocketboom, produced and directed by Andrew Baron, is a three-minute daily vlog (videoblog) which is often presented in the format of a newscast, usually with a comedic slant. ... Goodnight Burbank is a character-driven comedy video podcast that goes behind the scenes of a fake Burbank, CA 11:00PM newscast. ... Thomas James Vilsack (born December 13, 1950 in Pittsburgh) is an American politician, a member of the Democratic Party, and served as the 40th Governor of the state of Iowa. ... A Story of Healing is a short documentary film in which Donna Dewey follows a team of five nurses, four anesthesiologists, and three plastic surgeons from Interplast in the United States for two weeks of volunteer work in the Mekong delta of Vietnam. ... Jeff Jarvis (born 1954) is an American journalist. ... // Company and Organization Works Marc Canter is one of the most recognized people in the sphere of social networks and blogging, and he has been interviewed and quoted on the subject matter in numerous publications. ... Dave Winer Dave Winer (b. ...

External links

  • blip.tv
  • the blip.tv blog
  • Startup Studio - Interview with blip.tv co-founder Dina Kaplan.


  1. ^ a b c d "Blip.tv Translates I-Reports For CNN", 2006-08-13. Retrieved on 2006-11-01. (in English) 
  2. ^ "Glamour, Blip to battle crimes of fashion", 2006-10-04. Retrieved on 2006-11-01. (in English) 
  3. ^ "Former Rocketboom Host Amanda Congdon Launching New Vlog", 2006-12-21. Retrieved on 2006-12-28. (in English) 
  4. ^ "Blip.tv - How Charles Hope brought the New Media Revolution to the masses". Retrieved on 2006-11-01. (in English) 
  5. ^ "Blip.tv Closes First Round of Angel Funding", 2006-07-17. Retrieved on 2006-11-01. (in English) 
  6. ^ "Digital Dealmakers: Mike Hudack", 2006-09-04. Retrieved on 2006-11-01. (in English) 
  7. ^ a b "Blip.tv vs. YouTube? Founder talks ‘The Real Deal’ in exclusive interview", 2006-11-13. Retrieved on 2006-11-01. (in English) 
  8. ^ "Blip.tv, the videoblogger's control panel", 2006-06-20. Retrieved on 2006-11-01. (in English) 



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