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Sony snapped up Grouper. Viacom bought Atom Films, and before that iFilm. Looks like the old media giants are on the prowl and looking to gobble up online video starts. Business Week has come up with a short list, and so have we. But we want […]

Sony snapped up Grouper. Viacom bought Atom Films, and before that iFilm. Looks like the old media giants are on the prowl and looking to gobble up online video starts. Business Week has come up with a short list, and so have we. But we want to put the question to you the readers in this poll. If you pick “other” let us know which company do you think will get snapped up next.

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  1. VSocial man…

    http://vsocial.com

    They get no respect but I’ve always loved their site.

    Kevin

  2. I don’t think they are going to get bought – I think they might actually have a good long term business as they have adopted the OEM model. I agree, excellent website and nice guys who run the company.

  3. Looks like youtube is going to be next!
    that’s what I vote, and I bet they will

  4. Youtube may be next, but someone has to have some pretty deep pockets. Out of the list above, I believe Veoh is the best bet. Good technology, a p2p network for keeping costs low, sizable traffic, and a strong team of technologists and investors. Also, I think we may see some consolidation in the online video editing space ; companies such as EyeSpot.

  5. YouTube is too expensive, my vote is for Guba.

  6. My vote is on YouTube. There are some things people don’t seem to realize. The look and feel of YouTube’s website is much nicer/smoother than other online video sites out there (this is kind of like the shopping experience of Amazon.com vs other online retailers). The other thing people seem to miss is the home shopping tv network and tv infomercial market. YouTube just needs to announce that they are going into this business (which by the way already has existing revenues) – be the EBay of online home shopping by internet video; see link for better explanation http://maazios.blogspot.com/2006/08/to-youtube-free-survivalevolution-idea.html
    Just doing advertising because of the large amount of website traffic – isn’t that what Yahoo, MySpace, Google, etc. can also do?

  7. My vote is with You Tube as well. The price tag is rediculous but I think at least one of the media companies going after it is just frenzied enough to give in.

  8. Vimeo.com (Connected Ventures/NYC)just got 51% stake purchased by IAC…I suspect there is some sort of earn out and the remaining 49% will be purchased fairly soon.

  9. Veoh. I used to upload to YouTube, but found Veoh to be much more useful for me. Tried Grouper, but was disappointed. Tried Metacafe, and couldn’t get it to work. I think Veoh has the right service. They need to market it better, but from a technological platform standpoint, they win.

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