Still, I'm a bit surprised that there was no offer to transition to a paid tier or an opportunity to download your media first. Yes, the users should have had local copies, but it's a fact of life that some people won't.
EDIT: I'm basing my assumption of no offer to download your content on of Osvaldo Santana Neto's blog post comment. From jsdalton's HN comment and the replies to it, that may or may not be correct.
So someone who didn't log in to their blip account might well be totally screwed, since they wouldn't have known they needed to make or check on their backups.
Did the owner(s) of the Python account not get that email?
> @blip tv cancels the #Clojure video series without
> warning, after 4 years of my being a paid customer!
> If you were a viewer, let them know.
It's sad to see that this has not become a standard assumption. I knew people over a decade ago who lost awesome websites they created/curated because their hosting provider had a data loss event and no relevant backups.
It makes no more sense to trust a hosting service as the sole repository of critical data than a single hard drive. Consider the rule of thumb that important data should have three physically separate copies to significantly reduce the risk of data loss. (E.g. RAID does not count.)
As Blip illustrates, organizations have many non-technical SPOFs even if we assume (chuckle) they have taken all possible measures against normal physical data loss. This means that individuals and even online communities need to practice methods to preserve important data under the assumption that all storage devices and/or providers will ultimately fail.
We want to give you the opportunity to download your episodes if you don’t have them saved or backed up. We’re giving you a 30-day window to do this using the following page on the producer dashboard:
But overall the way this was handled seems to be terrible, and not even close to how I'd go about trying to show off a company as a place to bring content to.
This is a site where you can upload any professional content like a video, a pdf or a presentation using your LinkedIn user name and password and discuss. To serve the professional community needs, in the topic and discussion sections physical, mathematical and chemical equations and code snippets can be included.
For example, if you type "perceptual" in the search bar, Perceptual grouping presentation will be shown as a result. You can look at the presentation. If you scroll down on the page you will see the Topic and Discussion sections. There, you will see code snippets, equations etc. You can start a new topic or participate in the discussion. You can also form groups and discuss privately with members of your team.
We are very interested in hosting the videos that were deleted by blip.tv. In addition, you can upload any professional content that you would to like share with public or a private group.
It is still a work in progress and I would be very happy to hear from you through this site or using the contact us form located in http://reedwith.us/contact.html
We do not intend to send any unnecessary email to any of our users. I hate getting spam and I do not want to spam my users. We have set up the site, so that users have to opt-in for us to send any news-letter etc. They can choose to receive news-letter by going to their 'Settings' page.
When users form private groups, groups members will be notified via email. This is the only occasion when we send email to users.
Also, you do not have to login to view the content or read the discussion. However, you need to login to upload content, participate in discussion, form private groups etc.
Also long ago IIRC blip.tv had an upload option to make a copy of the the upload at the Internet Archive. Not sure how many uploaders used it or how long it was in place.
Copying your important media to the Internet Archive is always a good idea, whether you're originally publishing to someplace like blip or yt, or self-hosting.
I'd imagine a specialized command line capable bittorrent client that automatically transcodes content to the best/preferred video format for streaming.
Each community could then setup a couple of official servers to share the load by indefinitaly seeding the content. These servers could autosubscribe to each others contents, knowing that their content is curated by the respective community. Determined individuals and companies could setup slave clients for these official master nodes.
If the communities agree on the core functionality they could even have a kind of competition over the best imlementation in their respective language, python, clojure, whatever.
This way we could get away from the proprietary video hosting sites and their annoyances (eg. automated DCMA takedowns without proper review).
this account was specifically kept open as a service to the community: http://blip.tv/pycon-us-videos-2009-2010-2011
if anyone knows of other important pycon content that was deleted in the past few months, please email links or blip account names to support at blip tv.
"As of $date, our pricing tier no longer allows for $X GB of data. You have until $otherdate to upgrade before we delete the difference."
"We're shutting down so here's a refund. Oh, and we're going offline immediately. Bye!"
A subscription or paid option doesn't make a business solvent even a little bit. It might be easier, but the business model must still be sustainable & viable.