YouTube’s money burner

I read today something that I have read elsewhere too: that Youtube burns lots more money than they make. I think it’s safe to assume that part of their problem is their massive bandwidth needs. Bandwidth doesn’t come for free, as I have said in many occasions.

It was always my opinion that youtube should not be auto-starting the videos when someone is hitting one of their video pages. I think that this can save them a good percentage of bandwidth per year. It’s many times I visit a youtube page just to read a comment or get a link out of the description and not watch the actual video.

And possibly they should start charging for HD embedding, like Vimeo does.

7 Comments »

Righard wrote on April 5th, 2009 at 1:56 AM PST:

You read Youtube comments? 😉


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Eugenia wrote on April 5th, 2009 at 1:58 AM PST:

Sometimes.


JrezIN wrote on April 6th, 2009 at 12:21 PM PST:

“And possibly they should start charging for HD embedding, like Vimeo does.”

I hope they don’t… Also, IMHO vimeo’s prices are somehow expensive… not sure if it’s be best business model (some other possibilities, like “enabling” HD in embed videos… per video or something may work too… maybe giving both options, per hit and por video…)


chris wrote on April 6th, 2009 at 3:13 PM PST:

If youtube is eating money vimeo must be pouring money down the drain.


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Eugenia wrote on April 6th, 2009 at 3:28 PM PST:

They are.


John Blink wrote on April 6th, 2009 at 11:50 PM PST:

I don’t understand why it does stay in browser cache.

How about Youtube develop an Offline mode.

There is often times when I show friends videos I have seen, yet I need to redownload it.

I know there are methods of downloading a video, but if Youtube provides such an “offline” platform it would help them with Bandwidth Costs.


CHRIS wrote on April 8th, 2009 at 8:40 AM PST:

All youtube has to do is charge for commercial videos, such as with musicians (who all have official myspace pages) or companies.


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