Yahoo! Video Gives Videographers Das Boot!

Looks like Yahoo! Video is 'tacking' - a sailing term used to describe a boat that changes direction in order to better use the wind. I just received a short email announcing that starting today, upload functionality was removed. Users have until March 14, 2011 to retrieve videos from the site. It's not terribly surprising since Yahoo! acquired Vancouver, British Columbia-based Flickr in March 2005 and added a video player in April 2008, effectively creating two competing free-to-the-public video players in the Yahoo! family of companies.



What is surprising is that Yahoo! seems intent on competing with Hulu with network-style programming. It isn't clear what their business model will look like but small, independent production companies like Look Ma! will not be part of the free program.


I'm not saddened by the news - Yahoo! Video has produced fewer views for my clients' videos compared with the LookMa YouTube Channel and Daily Motion Channel. And the Yahoo! Video player was not terribly sophisticated - embedded video could not be resized without cracking the HTML code. In fact, I've been uploading my clients' videos to the Flickr Channel (#34 U.S. Alexa rank) on a paid basis for about a year now and have seen much higher views there than on Yahoo! Video. For this reason, I see little negative impact from this news on my clients. Perhaps Yahoo! will even pour some advertising dollars into Flickr Video and drive more eyeballs our way?!


Eric Robbins, Chief Storyteller

Promote Video | Learn Video | Create Video



Here's the email I received (note - I do not usually republish personal emails but this form letter was instructional in nature):

Dear Yahoo! Video user,

After careful consideration, we will be removing all general user-generated content upload capability and user-uploaded video from Yahoo! Video. As a result, your videos, user profiles, ratings, favorites, and playlists will no longer be available after March 14, 2011. User video content from Yahoo! Video that remains embedded on third party sites will no longer be playable after March 14, 2011.

Available on your profile page is a software utility that will allow you to download the videos you have uploaded to Yahoo! Video to your computer through March 14, 2011. You can find your profile by clicking on the 'My Video' tab or going to

Once you download your videos, you may choose to upload them to another site such as Flickr, which now allows video uploads. You can find out more here:

Thanks for your understanding and thanks for being a part of Yahoo! Video.

If you have any questions about this change, please visit our FAQ section, or contact Customer Care.

The Yahoo! Video Team



Here's the Yahoo! FAQ response to "What is Yahoo! Video?":

Yahoo! Video is your Internet video entertainment experience, bringing you streaming video and audio content from the leaders in entertainment, sports, and news. You can watch exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage from your favorite reality shows. You can follow your favorite sports throughout the season and tune in to the network news, when you want to watch it.

Because Yahoo! Video is browser-based, it automatically launches and plays your content through a process called streaming. This makes it easier for you to enjoy your content because there are no software downloads to get started, as long as you have a current web browser and current media player software installed.

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