YouTube Removes Colbert Report and Daily Show Videos October 28, 2006Posted by Unreasonable in Truth.
Comedy Central, you’re on notice!
What are you thinking? By forcing YouTube to remove your video clips, your lawyers removed your best advertising. Here’s the cool thing you’ve just screwed up: your fans picked the very best stuff to share. Not only did they pick the best shows, they edited them down to the best segments. They chose those clips because they were topical, they were funny, and they were worth sharing. If I go to your site, I can watch the shows that you’ve selected, and they are not the same ones. Nice move.
Next, the YouTube video player works. Your video player? Not so much… Here’s why:
- You have tiny little videos that can’t be resized. It’s like watching TV from the next room through the keyhole of a closed door.
- Your popup window can’t be opened in a tab or resized. Give me control of my browser back.
- Your popup window has an obnoxious background that I’m afraid is going to give me a seizure.
- Next to your video, there’s an ad that’s bigger than the video. Firefox blocks it, but I can’t decide which is worse: the hole that remains in the background, or the background.
- When I open a YouTube page, the video starts to play. Isn’t that cool? On your page, I sit and think about how much you suck while the video buffers. The video plays for about 3 seconds until it over-runs and starts buffering again. …and that’s with DSL. It must be completely useless at slower connection speeds.
- With YouTube, I can embed the videos in my own website. When I visit a site I’m more likely to watch a video if its right there and I can just push play. You’re at least five years away from developing that technology.
- YouTube’s search feature also works, conveniently allowing me to find what I’m looking for. At your site I end up looking through a list of videos.
While I’m at it, here’s a few more things you should fix about your website in general:
- Flashing banner ads? Is that some kind of a Comedy Central joke that’s over my head? There’s this company called Google that showed everybody that annoying your customers isn’t necessary to get them to click on things. Instead, their idea is to give people what they want. You might also want to check out their website for some layout ideas.
- Thanks for letting me sign in. What do I get from my new membership? You’re not going to spam me are you?
You have two shows right on the front edge of a cultural wave. I thought that was intentional, but now I see that it was dumb luck. The good news is, it’s not too late. You’ve built up a lot of political capital with those two shows, and I can forgive you if you change your ways now. Here’s what you can do to win me back. You can build a user interface that fixes the all items I listed above, or you could just let someone who has already fixed your problems continue to do their thing.
Get out of the way, and let YouTube and your shows’ fans do your advertising for you. I think you’ll be surprised to find out how much you were doing right when you weren’t doing anything.
*Idealog posted the DMCA letter YouTube sent to their members who had uploaded Comedy Central material.
Viacom, Comedy Central’s parent company, is apparently trying to cut a deal with Google/YouTube to share revenue. Removing the YouTube videos was part of that negotiation. Comedy Central subsequently released their Motherload video player, which is a vast improvement over the previous one I wrote about. However, it’s still slow, they still make you sit thru a commercial, embedding is only possible at a small size, the embedded player looks junky, and the videos become unavailable after 30 days. Dumbasses.