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Online video may still be in its infancy, but there is already a
dizzying amount to watch.
The quality is often questionable - but there are some good places to
dip a toe into the online video ocean.
YouTube, the trailblazing site that has brought internet viewing to the
mainstream, embraces everything from people filming themselves on
hand-held camcorders to endless archive clips of music and TV.
The imagination and enthusiasm of some home-made offerings put the
professionals to shame, even if the vast majority never rise above
silly dances and inane rants.
Despite its sudden rise, YouTube still exists in the internet
equivalent of the Wild West, where the copyright sheriff has not gained
And that is arguably the secret of its success - enter the name of your
favourite band or programme and you will be presented with a string of
nostalgic clips happily ripped off from TV or video.
Dozens of other video-sharing sites also now exist - some of the
biggest are Google Video, MySpace Video, Revver, iFilm and Metacafe.
Many broadcasters now put full shows online as well as on TV - either
for a fee, with adverts or completely free.
In the US, Apple's iTunes sells hits like Lost, The Office and
Battlestar Galactica for $1.99 (£1.04) an episode. Amazon Unbox and
AOL also offer major shows.
And networks such as ABC, Fox and NBC have all put their top shows on
their own websites.
In the UK, the BBC is planning to offer its TV channels live over the
web plus a seven-day catch-up service with its iPlayer next spring.
Channel 4 already offers a simulcast and is about to sell whole shows
for 99p, while ITV is also preparing to launch a simulcast and 30-day
Two more new sites promise to bring online TV shows and social
networking functions together, making it easier to find, share and
recommend professional shows on the web.
Tape it off the Internet currently indexes more than 2,000 shows from a
mixture of authorised and unauthorised sources.
The Venice Project, set up by the people behind Kazaa and Skype, will
offer shows for free from legal sources using peer-to-peer technology,
paid for by adverts.
Further afield, WWITV and Jump TV list hundreds of global TV stations
that broadcast online, from Albania to Zimbabwe.
All major news broadcasters now put a variety of videos on the web.
The BBC has headlines and reports as well as video podcasts like
Storyfix, a quick and quirky round-up of some of the week's stories.
Sky News and ITN also offer extensive news clips.
Alive in Baghdad gives an insight into real life in Iraq
In the US, NBC's Nightly News and Meet the Press have found a new
on-demand audience, while others such as CNN give their coverage.
Aside from the main broadcasters, Alive in Baghdad tells the stories of
real Iraqis in a way that is intimate, insightful and often
jaw-dropping, with access that big Western media cannot get close to.
It has just been named best video blog at the first award ceremony for
online-only video, the Vloggies.
A lighter take on the day's news, focusing on the hottest tech and web
stories, comes from Rocketboom. Its British host, Joanne Colan, often
presents the show from a desk in front of a world map in Manhattan.
There is a huge range of shows made for the web, both by enthusiastic
amateurs and professionals, with a few standing head-and-shoulders
above the rest.
Galacticast, a weekly sci-fi comedy shot in a Montreal apartment, is
one of the few with enough talent and imagination to be truly funny and
Goodnight Burbank, a spoof TV news show created by and starring British
writer Hayden Black, brilliantly satirises local US TV news and would
not look out of place on a network.
Chad Vader follows the fortunes of Darth Vader's less competent younger
brother, who manages a grocery store. And Ask a Ninja - a man in black
in front of a red screen answering viewers' questions in a cod-Japanese
accent - has really taken off.
Among the professional broadcasters, Comedy Central uses its website to
showcase original ideas, including Good God - like The Office, but with
God as the boss.
The first award ceremony for web-only video took place at the start of
November, and you can check out the Vloggies' judges' winners and
people's choice winners.
Network 2 pulls together many web-only TV shows and ranks them based on
viewers' ratings. Find Internet TV does a similar thing with all TV on
Channel 101 is a web-only channel where budding film-makers submit
shows and viewers vote on them, with only the best surviving.
And finally, back to YouTube, where the most-viewed videos and
most-subscribed channels give you the best idea of what is popular.
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