Congratulations tonight to the crew at NewTeevee (one of the jewels of Om Malik’s digital media empire!) on the launch of their new site, NewTeeVee Station. It’s a great new site, a must-visit if you want to keep track of the best and funniest clips on the web (or you can *follow* Newteevee on Vodpod to keep track of what they’ve discovered).
And, most exciting in our opinion, it’s powered by the Vodpod API!
NewTeeVee’r Liz Gannes describes the new site as follows:
NTV Station features editorial reviews of online videos written by a team lead by Liz Shannon Miller, who comes to us from Variety and the Daily Reel. We eliminate the static and bring to you videos that are actually good — but also the stuff that’s so bad it has everyone talking. We’ve also developed a database of cast, crew, and other details to map out the expanding web video universe. We encourage our readers to become part of the editorial process by adding their own reviews, comments and ratings. You’re also welcome to get lost in our eight channels of the most memorable comedy, commercials, drama, music, news & talk, personalities, reality, and zeitgeist picks.
NewTeeVee uses Vodpod to collect and store the videos for NTV Station, and pulls titles, thumbnails, embed codes, descriptions and other data from Vodpod via our API. Data can be pulled by tag or in other, flexible ways.
In concert with the launch of NTV Station, we’re announcing some important extensions and additions to our API:
1. We’re ready to expose our “related videos” data. In many ways, this is and will increasingly be the crown jewels here at Vodpod, derived by looking at the collecting patterns of our members. And we’d love to see what folks could build with it. We haven’t posted the API calls yet up on the API site — we want to work directly with the first 5-10 folks who’d like to use this — so send us an e-mail (mark AT vodpod.com) if you’re interested.
2. We’ve also released the code for our widgets. For those who want to build their own video widgets or galleries, but don’t want to start from scratch, this should help.
We’ve made Vodpod to help people collect videos from anywhere (at least anywhere that enables sharing, by providing an embed code), to share their collections anywhere, and with anyone.
So we’ll continue to add capabilities to the API over the coming weeks and months, and are excited to see what comes next. If you’re interested in using the API, but don’t see the capabilities you need, give us a shout (feedback AT vodpod.com).
And, if you’re a blogger who doesn’t want to go to all the trouble of building a whole site, you can always use one of our fabulous widgets…