1) Blip.tv: A free, state-of-the-art video platform

Blip.tv is a highly capable - and free - video delivery service that lets you cross-post to other media-sharing sites as well.

Blip.tv is a highly capable - and free - video delivery service that lets you cross-post to other media-sharing sites as well.

1. Blip.tv

http://blip.tv

For a free Web video delivery service, Blip.tv’s offering can’t be beat; It even rivals some paid platforms. Sure, you could upload your videos to YouTube, but Blip’s player has no mandatory branding (it’s effectively white-label) and gives you more options.

Coolest features:

  • Developer API to let your Web geeks build a fancy custom player (see MobLogic).
  • Cross-post everything you upload to MySpace, Flickr, Facebook and other media sharing sites automatically.
  • Upload videos via your Web browser, FTP, desktop application or mobile device.
  • Blip automatically publishes standard RSS feeds and feeds optimized for iTunes (among other services). So, all you have to do is upload an iPod-compatible video format to your Blip account and – wa-la! – you’re a video podcaster.
  • Viewership stats: How many people are watching?
  • Basic advertising options: third-party pre-rolls, post-rolls and overlay ads. Blip gives you 50% of the revenue.

Limitations: Advertising is delivered through third-party networks and, of course, you split the cash with Blip. If your organization sells advertising and/or wants to keep 100% of the advertising revenue, you’ll have to look to a paid platform like Brightcove or Twistage.

How to get started: Shoot and edit your video(s). Go to www.blip.tv and sign up. Developers, check out the Blip API developer documentation for more info on how to customize Blip.

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