After signing up with Brightcove about 2 months ago, I noticed about a month ago that I could no longer log into my Brightcove account. As a result, I merely decided to sign up at a different service. However, I was disappointed in that I truly believe Brightcove has one of the better products out there and I very much like the brightcove player, video uploading tool, etc… Well, today I got the following email that explains it perfectly. I will say as well, that with all of the video sharing sites and video hosting platforms out there, I think that Brightcove made the right decision in focusing its efforts with larger partners.
Brightcove makes it clear that they are not going to shut down Brightcove.TV. Consumers will no longer be able to upload their video to the site as of 12/18. Instead Brightcove.tv is supposed to become "a hub for the distribution and promotion of its professional and network publishing partners." That being said, it is interesting in that I work for a media company that utilizes Brightcove's console, and I honestly think we could care less about our videos appearing on Brightcove.tv at this point. We are more interested in getting our videos indexed more easily and discoverable on major search engines and video search sites. If Brightcove gains steam with Brightcove.tv (which I have little hope for), that may change.
Here is that email:
"Dear Brightcove.TV member,
Beginning December 18, 2007, we plan to end support of direct consumer uploads to Brightcove.TV. As a result, you will not be able to upload new videos to Brightcove.TV after December 17, 2007. But videos you have already uploaded to Brightcove.TV will remain available on the site and through your Brightcove.TV channel. Videos you have embedded in other sites and blogs will also continue to play.
If you have a Brightcove Platform or Network account, which means you use the Brightcove Console, then you will still have the option to promote videos on Brightcove.TV.
Brightcove.TV will continue to be a guide to great video from Brightcove media and business partners. The site will have new videos added to it daily from these partners and these videos can be saved as favorite videos in your channel.
If you work for a media company, marketer, non-profit, or business and are looking to purchase the Brightcove platform to publish and distribute video on your own site, please visit the Brightcove Products Overview section of our website.
We appreciate your interest in Brightcove and apologize for any disruption this change may cause you.
The Brightcove Team"