Podcast: Mike Hudack, blip.tv
by Tom Raftery
Tom Raftery's latest guest is Mike Hudack. Mike is the founder and CEO of video sharing site blip.tv. Blip.tv is currently receiving rave reviews all across the blogosphere.
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Before the interview Tom took blip.tv for a spin and gave it the thumbs up.
Below are the questions Tom asked Mike along with their times:
Where does the name Hudack come from Mike? - 0:44
Apart from the Ukranian background Mike, tell us a bit about yourself? - 01:08
Tell us about blip.tv. What is it? - 01:57
And what kind of numbers of people do you have uploading content onto blip.tv? - 02:47
You mention YouTube, how do you account for its success? - 03:07
You have got to be worried about people uploading copyrighted content onto blip.tv? How do you guard against that? - 04:21
What kind of monetisation model are you going after with blip.tv? - 05:42
The CNN Exchange site allows citizen journalists to upload video directly to CNN - is that how it works? - 06:55
And that's using blip.tv's white-labelled software? - 07:43
I notice there is a section in the blip.tv site for Pro accounts but it is, as yet, inactive. Is this something which is coming down the line? - 07:47
And do you have price points in mind yet? - 09:30
We talked briefly about the CNN deal. How did it come about? Did you approach them? Did they approach you? What was the story behind it? - 09:47
Do you see video podcasts overtaking audio podcasts in the next six months? - 10:20
First we had uploading of text, then images, then audio, now video. Where is this going next? - 12:42
His terms and conditions grant "blip.tv a licence to distribute that content, either electronically or via other media, to users seeking to download it through the blip.tv site or for purposes of other services provided by blip.tv and to display such content on blip.tv affiliated sites."
Why not leave it at "a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish such content solely for the purpose of providing the service," as current terms of service frontrunner VideoEgg do?
Or what nonelectronic means of distribution are in the pipeline - video flipbooks? - 16:19
What does he think about moves by some of the larger telcos to try to create a two tier internet, despite the punter paying for net access. How will this affect services like his and his competitiors? Can they realistically afford to pay for QOS guarantees? Would they even want to? - 20:23
How do you sell this idea to my mother as someone who knows what a computer is but can't use it and may never. She has a TV with an "on" button and a remote. Does blip.tv see her as a consumer or a content producer? Or is it too late for her generation/demographic? - 22:20
Tom's questions again:
Is the convergence of video blogging with IPTV something you see coming soon? - 25:16
Are IPTV set-top boxes becoming more common? - 25:31
Is the ease with which people can now create and upload video becoming a nightmare scenario for you in terms of disk and bandwidth? - 26:48
Is there a single standard file format emerging in video, the way MP3 has become the standard in audio? - 29:24
And finally, with the increase in video production do you see the "tubes" becoming clogged? - 34:04
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