3 and O2 launch EyeVibe mobile user generated video site

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eyevibe_logo.jpg3 and O2 have announced that they’ve joined forces, bringing their two mobile video services (SeeMeTV and LookAtMe!) together to create what they claim is the UK’s largest open access mobile video community — EyeVibe.

Users are being encouraged to submit quality videos by enticing them with a cut of the download fee (10p per video) each time their content is accessed. Mobile users on flat rate data plans only have to pay for the clip, not any data charges, while other users will have to fork out additional data charges.

You’re probably not going to get rich this way, with only 1% going to the video’s creator. Still, if you gain a little popularity it might buy you a coffee once a month. Apparently, between the two existing sites, over £800,000 has been paid out between the 60,000 video clips submitted.

3 UK’s lead product manager of user generated content, Jane Wilding, said that it made sense for network operators, usually in competition, to collaborate on these kinds of projects, citing the growth in popularity of MMS once operators agreed to allow each other’s messages through.

Video content is vetted before going public, which is probably just as well given some accusations of these services being used for peddling home-made soft porn.

The service will be launching “soon”.

EyeVibe (Via MocoNews.net)

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