Last night I watched a typically epic YouTube video of a talk given by rockstar copyfighter Lawrence Lessig in Seoul, Korea. I would embed it here but (1) he doesn’t seem to want me to, and (2) it clocks in at over 49 minutes — far too long to watch on a computer screen, if you ask me.
I’ve written before about my awesome WD HD TV — a sub-$100 glorified video card enclosure with a couple of USB slots and a remote. Now I’m ready for the next step — no, not the WD HD TV Live, but a sub-$100 set-top box with a couple of USB slots, a WiFi radio and a YouTube player.
And that’s all.
I know I know, Google TV is on its way — but honestly, that’s overkill for me. I’m not the least bit interested in Hulu, Netflix or any other Web 2.0 company kowtowing to geographical restrictions or other whims of traditional broadcasters and old media cartels. I’ve cancelled my cable, boycotted the multiplex… and at this point, the only thing keeping me from all the YouTube channels I’ve subscribed to is a cheap YouTube player for the big old TV set in my living room.
I know I know, I could buy one of those Atom-powered nettop computers but again, overkill. I already have two computers in the house. All I require is something for my legal BitTorrents that will also log me into YouTube (once) and let me enjoy the video bloggers, comedians and other short-form video makers that I’m already hooked up with.
Of course, I wouldn’t mind at all if Google added support for other video broadcasting services on the web, like Vimeo, Blip.tv, Ustream or Qik and (I suppose) Funny Or Die — but let’s face it, despite that nasty troll that goes by the handle of “Viacom” it’s fairly obvious that YouTube is the place to be.
- Steve Litchfield knows it;
- Tehkseven Jon knows it;
- Even olde-tyme Canadian broadcaster TVOntario has figured it out.
So (and without being racist) let’s call a shovel a shovel and leave anyone who doesn’t get it behind. Google, you don’t need them, and neither do we.