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AOL Video Launches

With a Few Big Names On Channel

     
12:49 pm on Aug 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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What sets AOL apart from its competition is the breadth and scope of its other channels. It is here that AOL video proves it isn't some fly-by-night startup, but a company with the backing of a media giant.

AOL also has content agreements with the likes of Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike TV, TV Land, TV Guide, Sorpresa!, A&E, the History Channel, and TNT.

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They've chosen an advertising based revenue model which means all content is free, but you're forced to watch an advert at the beginning of everything you see.

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1:07 pm on Aug 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Video is hot nowadays..
1:50 pm on Aug 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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>>They've chosen an advertising based revenue model which means all content is free, but you're forced to watch an advert at the beginning of everything you see.

that could annoy the hell out of most people

5:39 pm on Aug 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Looks like activex is necessary to view the videos so can't see them in Opera. Can't be bothered opening IE just for one site and not too happy enabling activex in IE either, even for just AOL. Why can't they use flash like youtube? (I think I'm right that they use flash there).
7:17 pm on Aug 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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That could annoy the hell out of most people

Probably, but it depends on what the user wants to see. Most music video sites (like Yahoo) play 15 sec or 30 sec ads before playing the actual music video.

9:23 pm on Aug 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The first thing you see when you go to the site (or explore the categories on the left) is videos for sale. The average impatient web user might never dig down far enough to find out that much of the content is in fact free...