PureVideo, which has just released some new features. In fact it almost has too many features, because it's hard to get a grip on what the site offers when you first go there. It's main offering though is a search engine for video and an associated portal frontpage, which lists popular videos at destinations such as YouTube and GrindTV.com. PureVideo launched in October 2006 and gets over 2.2 million monthly visits, according to comScore.With the proliferation of online video (yes there is more than just YouTube out there!), the opportunity has arisen for portal players that provide a 'one stop shop' for online video. One such service is
They've also just released a start page offering, called My.PureVideo (Beta). It's an Ajax-powered, custom video startpage that enables users to keep track of their favorite video sources and subjects - via RSS. Users can select feeds by media source (e.g. StupidVideos.com) and/or by keyword (e.g. "mentos"). There are also categories (called "channels" here) and users can of course input their own feeds. Interestingly, PureVideo says that it "tallies the popularity of every user-submitted feed, for considered inclusion in the featured menu". This is something the likes of Netvibes and Pageflakes would do well to implement. The My.PureVideo page supports drag-and-drop and soon there will be video-related widgets (ahh, the magic 'w' word!).
Regarding their search index, it is selective - they currently have video sites such as AtomFilms, Brightcove, Grouper, Music Nation, and Machinima.com in there. The heavies, like youtube and revver, are represented too. On the right there is premium placement for PureVideo's 'media partners'.
PureVideo has also just released a toolbar and a research channel. Overall it's a comprehensive service, although it lacks the more sophisticated community features that the big guns like Yahoo, Microsoft and Google have. For example Yahoo Video has ratings, tags and is a lot more user-friendly for mainstream people.
But then PureVideo is a true portal, in that it isn't limited to one source like the video sites of the Big 3. So in that sense there is a place for the likes of PureVideo - and the 'start page' feature is a nice value add.