Monday, July 17, 2006

YouTube's New Record

According to YouTube, the number of 100 million daily downloads was exceeded last Sunday (i. e. yesterday). SPIEGEL Online has a (german) article on this, where they cite another recent article which stated that a viable business model does not seem to be in sight. The streaming costs for YouTube are considerable, while there are no advertisements so far. On the other hand, it may well be that the platform develops similarly to Google Video, i. e. into a commercial download platform for video clips. There seems to be quite some market for this with about 160.000 daily downloads of movies, soap operas and documentations, as German newspaper Die Welt says. YouTube alone has about 65.000 new clips per day, with some of them being snippets from the regular TV program. While content is not controlled by the provider, all users are encouraged to report about questionable content - which does not always seem to work.

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