Blip.tv is one of many video sharing websites; however this site is focused on video blogs and podcasts. The software has been designed to make watching a series of episodes much easier than other video sharing websites. The site offers creators a lot, including support, distribution, advertising and hosting. If you choose to place adverts on your video then you can earn 50% of the revenue generated. Blip.tv tries to encourage episodes of a series rather than just the individual viral videos that you find on many of the video sharing sites. Some popular series include Tree Hugger TV, Goodnight Burbank, Alive in Baghdad, Wallstrip and Rocket boom. There are also white label solutions for the big players that want to incorporate this content into their websites. CNN Exchange and CNN iReport were built using blip.tv.Show more screenshots »
Blip.tv was founded in May 2005 by Dina Kaplan, Charles Hope, Jared Klett, Justin Day and Mike Hudack. The company is based in New York, USA and has received a total of $5.7M of funding from various sources Bain Capital Ventures and Canaan Partners. According to the company, in 2011 it had reached 13 million unique viewers per month in the United States and more than 30 million globally.
There are dozens of video sharing websites, two of the most popular being YouTube and Google Video. However Blip.tv is different to both of these. The other video sharing websites will concentrate on virtually any type of video; however blip.tv focuses mainly upon series of videos rather than one off things. Popular series on blip.tv are Tree hugger TV and Rocketboom. The site is designed to make watching a series easier because each episode is linked to the next.
Blip.tv looks and feels like almost any other video sharing website. While it is nothing that special it does have some nice touches. The site is created with a series of videos in mind, this makes is really easy to choose between different episodes of the same series. If you create your own account then you can also comment on other videos and even upload your own. The design of the website is very clean and very cleverly done. It looks a lot like a mainstream TV stations home page which makes searching for videos much more rewarding! Many of the videos are more professional and of a much higher quality than YouTube and other similar services.
Registering for an account at blip.tv is very easy, you need to create a username, enter your name and email address and then enter a password. You can then choose whether or not you want to enable advertising in your videos, if you do then you might be able to make some money too. You also need to check the two boxes at the bottom of the firm which show you have accepted the terms and conditions.
Blip.tv is completely free to use, it gets its money from advertisements. Although there are quite a few adverts throughout the site they don’t really get in the way. There are adverts on the pages, and also small subtle adverts that appear at the bottom of the videos. These can sometimes get annoying, but they aren’t too bad. Blip.tv is likely to remain completely free like the other popular video sharing websites. If you turn on advertising for your videos when signing up you can even make some money from the website.
Blip.tv is great for anyone who loves TV so much that they are trying to find a TV show to watch when there isn’t one on TV at the moment. The shows are of a much higher quality than many other sites and it’s a joy to use.