Blip.tv for a long time was a great place for churches and others to host their video content online for free and gave ways to monetize it. One of the huge powers of their site was not only free video hosting but distribution to countless over popular websites like Vimeo, YouTube, Roku, and others. This meant you could upload once to Blip and push your content out to all of these others sites, which was amazing. But God things only last so long.
The beginning of the end
In 2012 Blip.tv removed 12 different distribution partners including a big one Vimeo.
Then in 2013 they got strict on what kind of content was allowed on their site, trying to narrow their focus on episodic video shows. This wasn’t a big deal to some, but was a huge blow to churches who were using blip to host their video podcasts who were removed completely from the site as of November 2013.
Today Blip announces that they will no longer have iTunes distribution. As of February 28, 2014 you will no long be able to use Blip.tv for your video podcast feeds. I know Blip needs to make money and narrow its focus but they are slowly killing all of the features that make their site worth checking out.
As of February 28 the only distribution partners left are:
- YouTube – where all their content can be video and all their traffic comes from)
- Facebook Profile – a very basic feature where blip.tv makes a post to your profile with their blip.tv player
- Twitter – A tweet with a link back to the blip.tv page your video is on
- Roku – allowing your video content to be search via the blip.tv channel on Roku
So the only “real” partner is YouTube, which is so large and important they can’t remove it, even if they wanted to.
Looks like I will be leaving blip.tv soon, will be interesting how many other will be leaving as well.