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originally posted by: DigginFoTroof
First, there needs to be a forum in here where people can discuss technology ideas be they computer/internet related or hardware related (from computers, drones, 3D printing, anything bleeding edge or a shift in how things are done).
So, IMO Youtube needs replaced with a better system. This isn't difficult at all to beat the current antiquated system. Here is how I suggest it be done.
Video producers set up an account with a hosting service where they upload their video content. The videos can ve viewed from this host using the built in video playing app (along with phone/tablet apps) and they can also be distributed to other video hosting services that have popped up to compete with cable. The companies like Hulu (and whatever the other content providers are) then can add the video content if their users request the videos. The account holder can select the video providers where he wants his content to be available and he can negotiate the price (or it may be standard contract for pay per view, adding commercials, etc) he gets for allowing the company access for the content.
Let's say that Amazon wants to host videos that were once on YT. They could offer accounts (either a small fee or even free for original content providers) and allow them to upload content to their account where it can then be browsed by Amazon users. If the video producer has an account with another hosting service, he could contract with Amazon to show his video's, place adds where they want (as per their analytics) and then pay the producer for the use of the content. The video would probably be transferred from the producers hosting account to Amazon so it is served from the Amazon servers (is less expensive for them and they can render in different resolutions easier). The producer gets an account with amazon that tracks views and he gets a check from the company every week/month whenever.
If the producer decides to pull content from, say Amazon, the video's are no longer available on that service and the content is deleted from their servers as per contract (and a huge copyright fine would keep them honest).
Having a system like this would allow content producers to keep all of their material centrally located, select their own distribution channels, and maximize their content distribution to wherever they like. It gives a lot of control over their content and also removes a lot of the headaches of content creation for the streaming services.
There could also be a way to have all the comments from one video, being on many services, to all show up on each provider, so if you comment on Amazon, it also shows up on Hulu (if they host the videos).
This also allows for smaller startup companies equal and fair access to all video content on the net at equally competitive rates.
This is like a modular system that can be used to move content from one service to another with a few clicks, allowing for a single hosting service to provide the source material. If a video is edited/updated, they select an option within the hosting menu and it sends out a message to the streaming services that host the video to update it on their servers. All of this could be done very easily and it would CRUSH Youtube and Facebook for video hosting.
If this type of system were to be set up then it would allow specialty streaming services that cater to a specific industry, hobby, etc to host videos without fear of being censored by fascist corporations.
This is a multi billion dollar idea and if anyone wants to pursue this, PM me and I can help plan it out and even give some more indepth ideas that would make this a really killer idea, but it's a little complex to go into here. I'd be happy that there are more REAL options than just Youtube for video hosting.
In addition, there needs to be some kind of centralized, or even decentralized, search platform for all the videos available by content providers across all the hosting providers. This could be a search engine in itself. When a content provider uploads video, he can submit his channel to be searched/tagged and indexed. The producers name, writers name (and other relevent people) can be attached to each video, keywords, descriptions and much more.
A rating system could also be incorperated across all streaming platforms that can be aggrigated in the centralized search function, along with the comments, so ratings from all services are combined for a total rating across platforms. The ratings could also be used to factor in the "value" of the content to the streaming services and the amount they pay the provider for access to their content.
This all seems like a WIN WIN for the viewer, creator and the streaming service. The only ones who would be against this are those trying to censor people and the companies who have cornered the market like YouTube and FB.
Please let me know what you think and PM me if interested in making this happen!
originally posted by: imthegoat
Yep, I'm completely ignorant to how technology works and what it takes to get something like this up and running. Guess all that time I spent in college for network engineering was time wasted.