YouTube, an MTV replacement

I think YouTube has arrived. MTV, Channel V, and the rest should start worrying. Why?

I have Channel V and MTV on cable TV. I mostly use cable for the news channels, and music, but lately, these music channels are showing more and more “reality TV” shows, news features and other garbage. Yes, Punkd/Jackass is funny (as is the one where a bunch of guys go on dates, do stupid things for cash), but the whole purpose of a music channel is to show me music videos…

I notice that in the States, there’s VH1, which seems to be mostly music centric. VH1 is interesting as a channel… every music video they have, tacks on a little advert for Rhapsody. I’ve never had the privilege of trying Rhapsody, because they’re US only, but its a smart move.

Now why has YouTube arrived for me? Shitty consumer DSL link (1mbps/512kbps) is allowing me to stream music videos in realtime. If I tether a PC to the TV (MythTV maybe? Apple TV?) I’ve got an MTV replacement right there.

Playlist creation is something I think can be improved with YouTube. Maybe a mechanism to cache FLV files locally afterward (does Squid do this?), so that eventually I build up a music video library all thanks to YouTube.

All in all, ways to make cable TV more and more irrelevant (for example, I haven’t bothered with HBO after Sex & The City ended).


Can’t Smile Without You, go Barry Manilow (Live)


Look What You’ve Done – Jet

Good times ahead. Maybe I should just build that Myth box… Wonder how current Mikal+Stewart’s MythTV book still is… (and if there’s coverage on building your MTV killer).

  • Very true. Plus with the new high dev version of videos also being released by YouTube and Vimeo TV is gonna get a run for its money.

  • That high-def videos of Youtube is awesome. Online streaming seems to be more and more mature.

    iiNet customers are now able to watch English Premier League online, Foxtel going down the drain. :D

  • biatch0

    Stop complaining about a 1mbps link being shitty consumer DSL. I’ve got 448kbps and I’m paying more than you!!!

    Also, EPL online has been available for ages. You just need to know what to search for (and a fairly big pipe) :)

  • Yeah you can cache flv files using squid (thought it`s quite hard due to youtube multiple server redirection)

    I think this is the best guide, it works well for me and piju
    http://human.network.web.id/2008/06/30/caching-youtube/

    Prove?

  • biatch0

    Stop complaining about a 1mbps link being shitty consumer DSL. I've got 448kbps and I'm paying more than you!!!

    Also, EPL online has been available for ages. You just need to know what to search for (and a fairly big pipe) :)


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