New Embeddable Player Design – “Minimal”

Posted by on Dec 15, 2010 in Change Log | 5 comments

minimal-playerToday we’re releasing a brand new player design for all of you fine people who love to embed videos from your WorldTV collection on other websites.

Our new ‘Minimal’ player is stylish, contemporary and perfect for embedding your entire WorldTV channel, or individual clips from your library. The choice is up to you.

The new player comes with several customization options and is available right now in your Editor under the ‘Promote’ tab. We think it’s our best player yet!

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2010 in General News | 22 comments


Have you ever wanted to have your own channel on TV? Ever wanted to become your own media mogul?

Well now’s your chance…

WorldTV offers the world’s leading platform for individuals and groups to create their own TV channel on the web. Now WorldTV is offering 3 lucky winners the opportunity to get their channel onto TV – for real.

Using WorldTV’s insanely easy-to-use video platform, anyone can create a TV channel out of a collection of video clips. WorldTV turns those clips into a full screen linear TV channel. This includes a channel logo, EPG, and a full suite of tools for managing the channel content.

If you’ve ever had the idea for a TV station, and think you have the talents to run one, now’s your chance to prove it! All that is needed is some creativity, an idea, and some great and unique content.

The Prize

We are offering three 1st prizes. Each prize includes the following:

  • Your channel will be professionally converted into a Boxee app – the hottest connected TV platform on the planet. With a Boxee app, your channel will be viewable on the stunning new Boxee Box (and millions of installed Boxee desktop clients worldwide). You’ll have full ownership of the app and channel, and will be able to develop it, promote it and change the content as you wish.
  • Your very own Boxee Box… to see your channel on TV!
  • A VIP package consisting of all available PRO features for 3 years
  • Your channel, if selected, will be used in a VIP presentation to leading executives from the TV industry as an example of ‘people-powered TV’. These executives directly control the channels which appear on the EPG in over 150 million homes, and have stated a strong desire to find alternatives sources of modern and progressive content for their channels.
  • Prominent profiling on WorldTV as a featured channel and in WorldTV’s various directories

To enter the competition please follow the rules below. Entry deadline is Dec 31st 2010 at midnight GMT.

Entry Rules

  1. Create a WorldTV channel (or adapt an existing one) that meets the following criteria:-
    • At least 10 clips in the playlist
    • At least 80% of the clips are in HD. That means 720p resolution or higher.
    • You own the copyright in the videos yourself or have (or can realistically get) permission to use them. You can also use videos that are in the public domain (generally very old videos) or videos that fall under ‘fair use’ from a copyright perspective. Please research public domain and fair use before relying on these provisions. This video is a great primer on copyright. For the avoidance of doubt, you cannot use YouTube clips or other clips you find on the web unless you own the copyright in them yourself or can obtain permission to use them.
    • Is suitable for presenting in a business-like setting.
    • Can be in any language but it is recommended that at least 50% of the clips have English sub-titles.
  2. You should be capable of communicating in English. The competition will be run in English.
  3. All entries must be made on this form. Any other submissions (eg by email) will be rejected.
  4. No correspondence will be entered into. The Editor’s decision is final.
  5. You must provide a working email address.
  6. You must be aged 16 or over, or have someone 16 or over helping you.
  7. Multiple entries by an individual are allowed. Multiple entries of the same channel are not allowed.
  8. This competition is run by WorldTV and is not affiliated with Boxee or any other Company.
  9. We reserve the right to extend or re-open the competition if there are insufficient entries.
  10. Winners will be announced on this blog within 4 weeks of the final close of the competition.
  11. WorldTV will not obtain any copyright in the entries you make but will have the right to publicize the winner and winning entry and demonstrate the channel to TV executives as indicated under ‘Prizes’.
  12. Clips can be hosted on any site that WorldTV supports (eg YouTube, Vimeo), but you must own, have permission to use, or can realistically obtain permission to use each and every clip. Winners will be required to provide the source video files for each clip following the competition.


  • There are no specific themes we are looking for but the channel should demonstrate a ‘professional TV channel concept’. The name, logo and selection of clips should all reflect your concept.
  • Think about what you can uniquely offer that someone else can’t. It might be a hobby, profession or interest, or it might be locale based such as a TV channel for a specific town or area. Ideally it would be something that doesn’t already exist on TV, or where you have a completely new spin on an existing idea.
  • The more professional your channel looks, the better. Be sure to have a great logo, and if you can make up channel idents, and present or introduce your clips, through voiceovers, on-screen graphics or video introductions, this would reflect well alongside the content you have in your channel.
  • Teachers are welcomed and encouraged to enter their students into the competition.
  • If your content includes clips from what look like major TV or film productions, and are clearly beyond ‘fair use’, be sure to tell us your connection to this content in your entry. We may reject entries out of hand if we think it unlikely an entrant has, or can realistically obtain, rights to use such content.
  • Come and talk to us on Facebook if you have any questions. We will be actively answering questions there throughout the competition.
  • Good luck!

Enter the Competition here

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WorldTV Performance for Embeddable Players Increased

Posted by on Oct 18, 2010 in Change Log | 8 comments

The growth of our service recently has surprised even us and we’ve just added significantly increased server capacity which will benefit users of our embeddable players.

The launch of a new, improved style of embeddable player has resonated with our users and we’re now seeing 3 years of viewing every single day. That’s more than MTV in the UK, More4+1 or even Sky Sports 3!

With 3x the capacity now for our embeddable servers, users should notice improved performance, greater speed and generally improved reliability.

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Two New Supported Sites- MyDamnChannel and

Posted by on Oct 15, 2010 in Change Log | 3 comments

MyDamnChannelWe are excited to announce two superb new additions to our supported sites which are from very different parts of the world (USA and China) with both being extremely popular in their respective countries. The first one is the most excellent MyDamnChannel. The site enables musicians, film producers, performers, comedians and brands to co-produce original series-style content, get it out there to the masses and monetize it. The site has launched some of the most hilarious and popular web comedy series including: the Ikea sponsored Easy to Assemble which stars SNL alumni Illeana Douglas as she tries to leave her Hollywood past behind and lead a normal life; You Suck At Photoshop – the cult online series of humour rich Photoshop tutorials; Cookin’ With Coolio – the totally original cookery show with Gangsta’s Paradise rapper Coolio; and the Webby Award winning series Wainy Days. Definitely visit the site to check out their full complement of over 40 brilliant series.
Our second new supported site is the massively popular Chinese video-sharing site Ku6 has recently reached content cooperation agreements with Sony Pictures Television and another undisclosed Hollywood studio. This is significant because it makes Ku6 the first Chinese local video site to acquire legitimate copyright content from major studios. The deals that were struck enable Ku6 to acquire the internet broadcasting rights in mainland China for several hundreds of Hollywood features and TV episodes. Ku6 is also creating original content programming plus running user-generated advertising. Be sure to check out the vast array of content available at, the cutting edge Chinese video sharing site.

We hope you enjoy these superb new supported sites and please feel free to suggest other sites we should support by dropping us a line at

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Minor change to WorldTV Interface

Posted by on Sep 10, 2010 in Change Log | 11 comments

We’ve moved the navigation bar on WorldTV channels up a little bit to comply with YouTube Terms of Service, and to ensure that ads are not covered up by the navigation bar. We’ve also moved the position of the Channel Logo to the top-left position when YouTube videos are playing. All other aspects of the service are unaffected.

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Techcrunch article on WorldTV HD

Posted by on Aug 23, 2010 in Press Coverage | 1 comment

wtv-techcrunch-hdIt’s always nice to get a little Techcrunch love and today Techcrunch covered our HD story in depth.

Techcrunch Editor Mike Butcher described WorldTV as “funneling the world of web video as a TV like experience” and “like an iPhoto of videos”.

He also described us as a “significant medium sized web publishing company within the UK online advertising industry”.

Read the full article at

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WorldTV goes HD! New Embeddable player

Posted by on Aug 13, 2010 in Change Log | 7 comments

wtv-slick-playerWe’re excited to announce that WorldTV is now available in glorious High-Definition!

While the WorldTV platform has always been ‘resolution agnostic’, in practical terms it has not always been straightforward to add Hi-Def videos to WorldTV channels. That has all now changed.

Today we are announcing full support for YouTube HD videos… and it works a treat!

With the new features you can now rapidly build a  TV channel out of YouTube HD video clips and broadcast it on, or, through our new embeddable player (pictured).

Here’s how it works…

  • Within the WorldTV Channel Editor there is a new setting called ‘YouTube Video Quality’. You’ll find it under Channel Settings -> Player.
  • As the Channel Owner, you set the quality for how you would like YouTube videos to be played – we suggest HD720 if your viewers are on fast connections
  • When viewers watch your channel, we attempt to play the video quality you have selected. If that quality is not available from YouTube, we try the next lower quality version until we find one that is available. This process if totally seamless, fast and automatic. If you choose all HD video clips for your channel, this process won’t be necessary.
  • Viewers also have the option to change the video quality if they wish – up or down.
  • With this update we’ve already upgraded our default YouTube Quality setting on WorldTV to high resolution (YouTube 480). So you should see an immediate improvement in quality even if you don’t change anything at all.

There is no need to re-add YouTube HD videos to your channel or change the way you add YouTube videos in future. Every single YouTube video in your collection has already been upgraded to HD where possible, and we will automatically upgrade all your future YouTube videos as well. Simply continue pasting in URL’s to YouTube videos as before, and they will be shown in HD where possible. Not all YouTube videos are available in HD of course.

With over 85% of WorldTV channels featuring YouTube videos, this is a feature that will drastically improve the experience for nearly all WorldTV channel owners and their viewers.

New HD Embeddable Player

At the same time we are releasing a much improved WorldTV embeddable player that makes full use of the new HD features. It looks amazing (see above) and is highly configurable. The main features are…

  • Much improved graphic design
  • Fully customizable with intelligent colour theming system
  • Customize the buttons – Share, Like, HD on/off, Embed
  • Fully HD compatible – YouTube HD looks amazing!
  • It’s available now within your Editor

Here are the full technical details for those interested…

High-Definition Capability

  • The new HD features work throughout WorldTV including within the Editor (eg when previewing videos), on WorldTV channels, and in our embeddable players. We have upgraded all our embeddable players to be HD compatible, adding ‘HD ON’ and ‘HD OFF’ buttons to all players.
  • HD ON means 720p resolution and HD OFF means 480 resolution
  • Viewers can change resolution on-the-fly, and the video continues playing from the same point (the video does not restart). This is very cool.
  • The default setting on WorldTV channels (i.e. not the embeddable players) for YouTube Video Quality is now ‘high’. This is equivalent to YouTube’s ’480′ resolution. Previously it was ‘medium’ (YouTube 360). The other options are ‘low’ (YouTube 240), ‘medium’ (YouTube 360), 720HD and 1080HD.
  • It’s important to appreciate that the speed of your viewer’s internet connection is only one factor that determines whether they can reliably watch HD video. A fast, modern computer is also required, and we have found that current netbooks and MacBook’s for example are only just able to handle HD720 video. You may want to consider the kind of viewers you have and their likely types of computers, when determining whether to change your channel to HD. For this reason we do not recommend changing your channel to HD1080 at this time, except for specialist uses and applications.
  • The button that allows viewers to change the video quality only appears when a YouTube video is playing, and then only on YouTube videos that have multiple resolutions available. YouTube typically offers anywhere from 1 to 4 resolutions for a video. Older YouTube videos are typically only available in 240 ‘low’ resolution although many are available in 360 ‘medium’ resolution. This doesn’t matter from your perspective as the system will default to a lower resolution if needed.
  • The viewer’s HD setting is remembered from one video to the next, and from one viewing session to the next (assuming cookies are retained)

New Embeddable Player

  • The new ‘Slick’ player is now the default embeddable player on WorldTV
  • Existing embeddable players (eg that you have already installed on your website) have not been changed
  • Do check out the ‘Advanced Options’ when creating an embeddable player
  • Note that changes to the options for each style of player in your channel affect all installed embeddable players of that type. So if you change the colour scheme for the new Slick player for example, this will change across all embeddable Slick players that you’ve installed. It won’t change the colour scheme for any ‘Classic’ or ‘Modern’ players that you may have installed elsewhere.
  • The ‘like’ button currently records any clicks into our own database. Statistics on clicks will be retained and made available to channel owners in future along with other useful ‘suggested videos to watch’ features. We recommend keeping it turned on if you’d like this data available to you in future.

We hope you enjoy the new HD features of WorldTV and our brand new embeddable player. Please ask any questions via comments below and be sure to drop us a line at if you come up with any interesting implementations. We plan to feature a few of your implementations in a future blog post.


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