SelfcastTV: New UK mobile-to-web video site

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The makers of Blinkx have created a new site – SelfcastTV.com – to allow quick sharing and downloading of mobile videos online.

It boasts a simple registration process, 3-step upload system, and UK-specific operation. Upload happens straight from a mobile by MMS’ing a standard number.

Whether you’re filming your mates’ antics down the pub, your own home-made movie or you’re taking your first step to get on TV like Ron Atkinson’s recent video blogs during the World Cup, SelfcastTV allows you to quickly and easily upload your video content to the site, from your mobile phone or PC so they can be searched and viewed by other users.

SelfcastTV users can also create their own channel to select and view their favourite videos and can even use the MovieMode feature to combine their selected footage into one continuous video.

"Just as podcasting was the craze of 2005, video blogging and sharing is what is taking the world by storm in 2006. Whether it’s making videos or just watching them and sending them on to friends, everyone’s got the bug," said Suranga Chandratillake, founder of SelfcastTV.com.

SelfcastTV videos are supposed to be easy to integrate into blogging
and social network sites including MySpace and Xanga, as well as being
downloadable in MP4 format to iPod, PSP, or mobile.

Additionally the service lets you create channels, share comments, link
to and email videos, rate clips, and watch video in full screen.

The site’s quite busy, with several videos and thumbnails trying to
play as soon as you enter the page, so you’ll need a good internet
connection and PC to appreciate it without things stalling.

I don’t know how SelfcastTV will be promoting themselves in order to
get a critical mass of users. Time will tell if it catches on.

SelfcastTV.com

Andy Merrett