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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Scoble says Kyte.tv will kill Qik and Flixwagon in cell phone video space. He's wrong.

John Tobin, Nokia N95 and Monopod
Robert Scoble just wrote this post over at Techcrunch, Why Kyte.tv will kill Qik and Flixwagon in cell phone video space:
"I don’t see how Qik or Flixwagon can beat Kyte anymore in the cell phone video game. What do you think?"
I replied:
Robert,
Your title of, "Why Kyte.tv will kill Qik and Flixwagon in cell phone video space," is your opinion, will probably get you a lot of views, but you can't know this as a fact.

You sound like the political reporters who said it would be Hilary Clinton vs. Rudy Giuliani in this year's US Presidential election. They were wrong and could not possibly see the future.

Can't we all just get along?

I've been using Qik for quite a while now. I've met the people behind it and have gotten great support, as have you. Disclaimer, they sent me a Nokia N95-3 after watching my NH presidential primary coverage.

Watching videos on a Nokia
As others have said in the comments, your bullet list has a few facts that need to be corrected including the fact that you can now watch Qik videos on your Nokia device. They have 3GP files.

A Broadcast Studio with Mogulus
When you combine Qik with Mogulus you get the "ability to mix videos from your webcam, live videos streaming from your web cam, recorded videos from camcorders, or from places like YouTube, along with both recorded and streamed videos from your cell phone."

I recently did a presentation with Qik and Mogulus at Streaming Media East. Good stuff.

Here's a video from the session:
http://offonatangent.blogspot.com/2008/05/live-broadcasting-over-mobile-and-wi-fi.html

Multiple Videos in a player with YouTube
Yesterday I streamed videos from Boston City Councillor John Tobin's Parkway Family Day. Each of those videos was automatically sent to YouTube. I then added them all into a playlist and now you can watch all the video from one custom YouTube video player:

http://www.votejohntobin.com/blog/_archives/2008/6/14/3744096.html

Extensive Testing
I've also got Kyte, Flixwagon and Bambuser on my phone, but haven't "extensively tested" tested them as you have because Qik just works for me and the people are super.

Qik is People
It's a lot like the video hosting space. When I first started videoblogging I used a couple of services that had great features, then I moved to blip.tv, where in addition to having lots of features, they have a lot of great people providing support.

Kyte.tv will not kill Qik and Flixwagon in cell phone video space.

2 comments:

  1. Advantage: Garfield

    My reaction reading Scoble's (informative) piece was that Kyte's perceived advantages could all change tomorrow. Something as detailed as embedded player features can change frequently. Different services might leapfrong each other as they compete, which is how it's supposed to work.

    And, like you say Steve, the people can make a big difference, as can the simplicity and isability of the service. The most feature-rich service might lose out if it's not backed up with great support and interface.

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  2. Chris Parandian3:20 PM

    As always, great stuff Steve..

    Hope all is well, Chris

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