Veoh’s move to a web-based browser is nearly complete, with the online video service shutting down most of its VeohTV system. Meaning viewers won’t be downloading and launching a resources-draining proprietary system.
Veoh’s users have been getting a stream of email throughout the transition period, talking up the web-based Veoh Player. “Starting next week, the ‘Download to VeohTV’ and ‘Watch on VeohTV’ options will no longer be available from Veoh.com,” the latest missive says. Before that it was the VeohTV channel guide and search that faded to black. Users still have to download a plug-in for the player to work.
Slicker competitor Joost made the move to a browser in September.
Veoh.com offers more content than the older system, the free service says, including Veoh, Hulu, CBS, ABC, Warner Brothers, Sony BMG and YouTube. Video publishing (uploading of free user content) is being done via a new stand-alone app.
Viewers can watch videos of any length in the browser (some users seem to disagree) and download movies without being online, Veoh says. The move hasn’t done much to solve the online video service’s clutter of professional and amateur video content, however.