The New Networks
Say good-bye to the CBS eye. Aggregator sites like iFilm and YouTube let you watch anything - and everything - you want.
Connect a $200 Akimbo box or a Media Center PC to your TV set and, for $10 a month, you can watch everything, from network shows to vlogs, on demand.
Want to see the future of Net video? Download the open source Democracy Player from the Participatory Culture Foundation, a renegade nonprofit code shop. The app lets you subscribe to RSS channels, download in the background via BitTorrent, and view most video formats in full-screen resolution. (The companion site, Video Bomb, offers RSS feeds for tons of clips.) With Democracy, a well-stocked BitTorrent tracker, and a little RSS fu, who needs a TiVo?
This app-site combo lets you subscribe to RSS channels, download via BitTorrent, and view nearly any video format - like Democracy, but not open source.
The launch was anemic, but Google's vid search is improving, along with its variety of commercial downloads (usually $2 to $4, Windows only).
One of the original vid sites, iFilm has a slick user interface and a decent selection of clips. But beware: Owner Viacom is turning it into an outlet for movie trailers and MTV hits.
Click the Videos button for thousands of downloads at $2 each. The free stuff is mixed in with the audio podcasts.
This pioneering site is the primo source for animations "filmed" in a videogame graphics engine.
For $10 per month, MobiTV streams 30-plus channels to your cell phone at an eye-catching 20 frames per second. It's like carrying a TV in your pocket.
The largest collection of Flash animation on the Net, Newgrounds hosts nearly 80 animated serials, hundreds of cartoons, and dozens of themed collections.
Thank goodness copyright doesn't last forever. This site offers Hollywood gems like the 1937 A Star Is Born and dirt clods like Zontar: The Thing From Venus. Many come formatted for iPod and PSP.
A clip warehouse with a kickback: Users who upload viral vids get half the take from ads the service appends to the files. Sweet!
Culture-jamming is the agenda behind this broadside of mashed-up news and radical commentary. Who says the revolution will not be televised?
Sure, everyone and their IT guy are making silly phonecam clips, but there must be a place on the Web for serious filmmakers. This is it.
Google Earth fans have studded the big blue marble with local vlogs. The result: a one-stop global Web-vid spree.
Users upload jillions of clips to this mac daddy of aggregators. YouTube's lax attitude toward copyright is bound to attract the MPAA (et al.) before long. Enjoy it while it lasts.