August 29, 2007

TheBig.tv - Another entrant in the "Video Sharing" bandwagon

After a series of tubes like ApnaTube, KonkanTV (which is better of the lot), Nautanki (and many more) ; comes another video sharing website TheBig.Tv. One of the things that always make me think is "Why would the user move from YouTube to any of the other video sharing sites" ? Google Video itself had a big loss in the market share , and this was also one of the key reasons for the acquisition of YouTube. So, convincing the end user to move from an established platform like Google Video & YouTube , would be one of the challenging factors for Big TV.

Talking about the website, the UI looks pretty organized with Videos, Shows , Contests and Editor Picks being displayed on the homepage.However, the turn off was a very high loading time , if the page is not in the cache.I have personally faced this problem with my blog, where I lost quite a no of visitors due to the high loading time of my blog sad

The positive side in BigTv is the addition of "Groups section" so that users sharing a common interest in a particular favor of music , can share music & discuss on the same.Also, along with the user generated content , there is a section named "Big Tv Shows" which showcases some known artists from the hindi TV industry and few of them were quite hilarious.It could be possible that BigTv may have signed a contract with TV channels to broadcast their content officially on the site.

These are some of my initial (mixed) reactions about TheBigTv , we have to wait & watch strategies of TheBigTv to compete with the other local (and established) players in the market !!!

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7 Comments:

At Aug 29, 2007, 8:15:00 AM , Blogger Steve Ballmer said...

Nice Blog!
A little off though, you don't push MS products.
Do that and watch you site soar!

http://fakesteveballmer.blogspot.com

 
At Sep 3, 2007, 3:40:00 AM , Anonymous Himanshu Sheth said...

Hey FakeSteve,
Thanks.I guess after you gort featured on TechCrunch,I think I should also start a blog FakeNarayanMurthy :)

I hate some of the MS products but would definitely try to blog about them..I know you love MS :)

-Himanshu Sheth.

 
At Sep 6, 2007, 5:22:00 PM , Blogger Prakash said...

I am dead sure that you haven’t used www.LeadsByVideo.com for promoting your products. Otherwise you would not have been complaining.

 
At Sep 7, 2007, 1:07:00 AM , Anonymous Himanshu Sheth said...

Hey,
@Prakash:Thanks for the link and I guess,I never told that I am complaining :)

-Himanshu Sheth

 
At Sep 10, 2007, 10:24:00 AM , Anonymous sensa said...

btw.....thebig.tv started as http://www.MeraTVChannel.com and was a rip off the Alstrasoft video sharing software
Check out http://www.alstrasoft.com/videoshare.htm
I am really pessimistic about this ‘Undisclosed amount’ of funding. Seems like a pure PR gimmick wherein a few friends have collected together to gain some PR.

thebig.tv purchased it’s video player platform for $300 …
(assembled website+ pure PR play)=super failure

 
At Sep 10, 2007, 6:08:00 PM , Blogger dhruv said...

Hey Sensa, I saw ur comments on some other blogs also .. and i don't think you have really seen the site yourself .. before spreading unnecessary rumours about it

For starters, Please go and check this article in Economic Times on thebig.tv about this very smart & audacious gag these guys pulled on the day of the Abhishek Aishwarya wedding.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Starting_Up/Making_marketing_frugal/articleshow/2237665.cms

Apparently they spent close to 80,000 bucks ($2000?) on this and got visual coverage across media channels worth 20 lakhs!! ($50,000) for the site

Surely if these guys can spend $2000 on one gag, and they also have quite a few original shows on the site, I assume they would have more than $300 to spare on the software :)). Don’t you think??

Also please check the site's section on Shows and Contests. They are both very original in their format and Neither youtube, nor alstrasoft has anything along those lines - so please go check your facts again.

Cheers
Dhruv

 
At Sep 10, 2007, 6:10:00 PM , Blogger dhruv said...

hey .. putting the ET link here again .. as it breaks in this blog a bit ..

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com
/Starting_Up/Making_marketing_frugal
/articleshow/2237665.cms

else just check the Shows section of thebig.tv and look out for The BIG Gags

 

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