With nearly half-a-dozen competitors, the company has a tough climb. McLean, Va.-based Invision is led by former cable industry execs, and built its own crawler, personalization, and social tools. It has 10 employees, and is self-funded.

Online video search and discovery is one of those topics that seems to bring out the entrepreneurial juices in just about everyone. I mean, not to say there isn’t an opportunity to do this right, and perhaps serve a market, but the list just gets longer every day, and the video hosts are still where most of the traffic flows. A random list of contenders off the top of my head: Mefeedia, ffwd, blinkx, Fooooo, Truveo, OVGuide, VideoCrawler.

So here’s another one, opening up its beta on Monday with a web and Facebook app: Invision.TV, an interactive program guide for online video. The Invision.TV interface gets some things right: The channel layout has enough room to invite scrolling discovery, and I very much like the idea of a in-page universal player that loads any video you click on. But it also looks totally amateur with its squished thumbnails and fuzzy logos.

McLean, Va.-based Invision is led by former cable industry execs, and built its own crawler, personalization, and social tools. It has 10 employees, and is self-funded. The eventual business plan is licensing the guide as well as offering branded channels from content providers.

Invision is one of many companies debuting this week at the DEMO Conference in San Diego and the TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco (Invision will actually be at both, believe it or not, with a stage spot at DEMO and a paid demonstrator role at TechCrunch!). We’ll be covering all the online video players from both conferences here on NewTeeVee.

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  2. [...] Goodbye, TV Guide? If there was a striking trend at DEMO it may have been the launch of three services designed to help TV fans find stuff to watch. Invision.TV sports a dense, grid-like browser of Internet video clips and shows and lets you watch content without leaving this view; FFWD takes a distinctly different approach, with a big window that only shows one video at a time and a FFWD button for surfing to the next one. And the oddly named BeeTV, which optimistically claims it’ll be your “new best friend” aims to bring sophisticated personal recommendations to set-top boxes, based on their viewing habits. I wasn’t completely sold that any of these services have solved the problem of too much video and too little time to find it, but all are worth a look. Read more at: Read Write Web, Cnet, NewTeeVee [...]

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  4. I like the simplicity of OVGuide. You just type in what you want and get the best video site for it. The other sites are good too, but don’t seem to really solve my problem as well.

  5. Have any of you ever heard of Oohya chat?
    I stopped using yahoo chat over a year ago after it was completely over ran by spam bots and arabs. But out of curiousity I logged in the other day to see if it had gotten any better but of course it’s worse than ever. I think there were probably 15 bots toevery 1 real person in there. I also noticed that they got rid of most of the adult rooms. It’s nothing but a joke now, not even sure why they haven’t just pulled it offline by now.

    I did come accross a new chat site called Oohya.net Chat Rooms the other day. It seems pretty good, a lot like yahoo chat with webcams, voice, and profiles unlike most of the other cheesy chat sites out there, but I didn’t see any bots at all. Only problem I saw was it just doesn’t have the user base yahoo had. If it gets bigger I think it will be good.

    I did try paltalk for a few days but after getting booted out of the rooms over and over by arrogant room mods I gave up on that pretty quick, plus they make you pay for all of the features. Anyone know of any other good free chat rooms?

  6. Does anyone else think the Refer-a-Friend bonuses being given out are (in-part) a means to get low level players leveled up in time for WotLK? Get them into the fray, more addicted and increasing the longevity of their subscription? ;)

  7. keerrorievate Sunday, October 5, 2008

    I got rid of my cable connection recently and went “internet only.” I know about those places like Hulu and such where you can watch pre-recorded TV shows. But I’m looking for a service where you can watch actual TV channels live as a replacement for cable. You know, where you can flip through channels of the big broadcasters and see TV shows and sports games as they’re broadcasted.

    What do you guys think?

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    The House adopted the new version after the Senate added about $100bn in new tax breaks to win Republican votes.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average had been buoyant ahead of the vote, surging up 250 points, but those gains were pared back amid profit taking and continued uncertainty, and it closed down 1.5%.

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  10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4afXWwSR0BA

    some of them are not bad but… internet is crazy


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