The Blipocalypse is here
It might have caused a mild sense of panic, but rest assured all my videos are now linking to my Youtube channel. I spent the last month, (and the rest of today) switching over any links on this site that still linked to Blip.tv. (MAJOR thanks to Christopher “Tebble” Torres, for snagging up most of the links for my videos in a text list, so I didn’t have to keep hopping around between Youtube and the site looking for those video links.)
But if you liked watching videos on Blip for… whatever reason… your options are now severely limited. As of today, August 20th, 2015, Blip.tv is no more. Bad decision after bad decision left the site a smoldering crater for a long while now, and only now have the final embers of life within it have been snuffed out.
I saw this coming for a while now. You probably noticed that starting around the Global Agenda review, I stopped using Blip as my player on this site. Things were in hot water already, even before I made the switch, as decisions made by Blip.tv made the switch all the more simple of a “choice” for me to make.
Make no mistake, I HATE YouTube. I hate the culture, the comments, the company, and the copyright strikes that all run rampant within the site. I’m still fighting for the rights to post or monetize videos containing public domain and royalty free songs, or songs that merely play in the background of a game I’m playing. (The Secret World review was only recently flagged, nearly three years of the video being on the site, strike-free)
There was plenty of reason for me to love Blip. The lax policies meant if I wanted to include that clip from a TV show or movie to punctuate a joke, I could DO it. There’d be no sudden concern about the video not playing or being taken down because some company has no idea how Fair Use works… or simply doesn’t care.
I could fix my numerous fuckups within the video without having to reupload the whole thing. That repeated line in ArcheAge? The blank video section in Digimon? The fact I called “Nirn”, “Nim” in the ESO review? All could have been stealthily repaired without many being the wiser. Now, if I want to fix those mistakes, I have to delete the entire video from YouTube, and I’m not about to lose out on the over 200k views on that TESO video because Google Docs has horrible kerning issues.
Blip was still a far lesser company though, as they clearly could have had something great going, but they seemingly had no idea how to handle it.
Channel Awesome… even if you hate Channel Awesome/TGWTG for whatever reason, unquestionably had the biggest hand in turning Blip into the juggernaut it was in 2009. However, rather than sign CA into a contract, or reward users of their platform with more money, they opted to attempt to boost their own numbers by “recruiting” channels from the most popular Youtube channels at the time, offering them absurd amounts of cash to post exclusive content on their site… Channels that were already teetering on the cusp of YouTube has-been status like Fred, Annoying Orange, and iJustine. “Talent infusion”, they called it.
Then there was the first Blipocalypse. Deciding they needed to go in a more “refined” direction, they took the url tag “.tv” a bit too literally, hiring and creating shows with B-Z list celebrities, and forcing CA to host content of channels they personally liked on their site, because some people make very shitty businessmen. This caused Blip to end up flushing out hundreds of channels, and not all of them were “Bob’s Discount Let’s Plays”. Popular and well crafted channels got the cut while some more questionable content remained.
Then they apparently hit some sort of hipster phase, putting an insane amount of promotion into their friends’ channels, and those who held a personal relationship with the main offices. Ads for these shows would pop up in other videos, and exactly what kind of revenue can you make from ads, when the ads come from yourself? This eventually went nowhere, like all their other endeavors.
Understanding that some of the talent they had under them was worth taking, and the fact they had a fairly decent platform, Blip was bought out by Maker Studios. What we were hoping to see was an influx of cash that would improve our CPMs and the stability of the platform. What Maker wanted to do was buy the platform so they could essentially use it, and then kill it. When Maker was THEN bought out by Disney, it got even worse, despite promises it would get better. Regular users of Blip started getting e-mails that Blip was a dead platform walking, and they should probably stop. Then one month ago, we all got a message that Blip would be shutting down all their services on a specific date: Today was that date.
As I said before, I was prepared for this. Everything is fixed now, and as much as I absolutely DESPISE having to use YouTube, my subscriber count is holding well, and regular viewers of the show have been nothing but supportive. It’s working out well enough so far, and I’m glad I had the foresight to see this coming a year ahead of the day it did. If I missed converting over anything, let me know so I can get that fixed. For all those who still have work to do, good luck.