In this week's episode of the New Disruptors, Veoh CEO Dmitry Shapiro shows me a demo of Veoh TV, his new video browser that sucks in video from all over the Web and displays it in full screen. (Full transcript after the break). Verizon recently signed up as an advertiser. I wrote about Veoh TV in B2.0's July issue. (Disclosure: Time Warner, B2.0's parent company, is an investor in Veoh).
WILL THE INTERNET EVER REPLACE CABLE OR SATELLITE TV?
DMITRY SHAPIRO THINKS SO.
HE'S THE CEO OF VEOH, ONE OF THE FASTEST-GROWING VIDEO-SHARING SITES ON THE WEB.
BUT HE DOESN'T PLAN TO BUILD THE NEXT YOUTUBE.
There are literally hundreds of websites that allow you to share video.
We believe that the market is going to get very fragmented in where videos are hosted. And what's really going to be important is providing consumers with the capability to – one - discover what they want to watch no matter where it's hosted and what format it's hosted in. And—two—to be able to go and consume it easily.
THAT'S WHERE VEOH TV COMES IN - IT'S A NEW TYPE OF VIDEO BROWSER THAT SHAPIRO JUST RELEASED TO A LIMITED GROUP OF TESTERS IN JUNE. HE GAVE ME A DEMO:
A: We're looking at our new Veoh TV software application. This is software you can download for free off our website. Veoh turns online video into Internet television
Q: wow, so show me how that works
A: okay so today the user experience of watching videos in your video browser to navigate to things like Youtube and Veoh and you watch them in these little bitty windows that are here and what we're trying to do is let you watch them much more like television in full screen. The Veoh player application has a guide and that guide has access to practically all the video that’s available on the Internet. You can drive it with a key board and mouse or you can drive it with a remote control and you can simply sit back, find channels that you want to watch, choose an episode, hit play and sit back and watch it. At any given time you can add that video to your favorites, save it to your library, e-mail it to your friends.
IT’S LIKE TIVO FOR THE INTERNET. VEOH TV LETS YOU CAPTURE VIDEO STREAMS AND WATCH THEM LATER OFFLINE.
At any given time you can go to an interactive mode that will launch a series of widgets that you can use while watching video. I've got everything from del.icio.us bookmarks to weather in San Diego, to a to-do list, to photos.
What is the most disruptive thing about online video? Who are you disrupting?
It used to be television spectrum was restricted and the privileged few had the capability to communicate through video. And now that video broadcasting is democratized, anyone from anywhere in the world can deliver video to the masses. And that I think fundamentally changes, quite frankly, everything.
VEOH FACES STIFF COMPETITION FROM MANY OTHER COMPANIES, INCLUDING GOOGLE, YAHOO, JOOST AND BLINKX.
WHOEVER COMES OUT ON TOP, ONE THING IS FOR SURE: TV WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. FOR THE NEW DISRUPTORS, I'M ERICK SCHONFELD