Video Sharing Websites Consolidate, Motionbox Buys Out Viddyou

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Motionbox is a website that competes with YouTube and we all know how hard it must be to compete with the Google-owned video sharing website these days. In order to further compete with YouTube, Motionbox acquired Viddyou.

Motionbox has about $17.2 million in funding, $6 million of which was raised earlier this year. Motionbox was recommended by AOL after they shut down their own Video Uploads service which gave the service a major boost.

Viddyou users will be able to migrate their profile and videos over to Motionbox. When Viddyou launched in 2007, they branded themselves as a vlogging website. Ever since then Viddyou became a YouTube-like video sharing website.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Video Sharing Websites Consolidate, Motionbox Buys Out Viddyou Comments

  1. joshgrotstein says:

    Actually, we (Motionbox) don't compete with YouTube directly, though of course I suppose you could say that everyone does in some respect compete with YouTube.

    Motionbox is a personal video service, more like a “Shutterfly for video” than a broadcast-oriented site like YouTube. I.e., we offer a service to make it very easy and safe to upload, edit, store and share high definition videos of your family and friends. It's not intended to be a “viral”/share-with-everyone sort of site. And that's part of the appeal: many people don't want to share their personal videos on a YouTube-type service.

    As a consequence, we have a different business model (freemium subscriptions vs. advertising). And we go to market largely by partnering with companies like Shutterfly, AOL, Bebo, and others to provide a service to their users where they can upload, edit, store and share their videos.

    Hope this helps explain the difference. As the online video market matures, there are a number of niches developing, and Motionbox is playing a leading role in the personal video space.

    Josh Grotstein
    CEO, Motionbox

  2. joshgrotstein says:

    Actually, we (Motionbox) don't compete with YouTube directly, though of course I suppose you could say that everyone does in some respect compete with YouTube.

    Motionbox is a personal video service, more like a “Shutterfly for video” than a broadcast-oriented site like YouTube. I.e., we offer a service to make it very easy and safe to upload, edit, store and share high definition videos of your family and friends. It's not intended to be a “viral”/share-with-everyone sort of site. And that's part of the appeal: many people don't want to share their personal videos on a YouTube-type service.

    As a consequence, we have a different business model (freemium subscriptions vs. advertising). And we go to market largely by partnering with companies like Shutterfly, AOL, Bebo, and others to provide a service to their users where they can upload, edit, store and share their videos.

    Hope this helps explain the difference. As the online video market matures, there are a number of niches developing, and Motionbox is playing a leading role in the personal video space.

    Josh Grotstein
    CEO, Motionbox

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