In a huge step for the industry today, YouTube announced perhaps the boldest new innovation for the online video industry since its start….The ability to watch and collect your favorite online videos, offline, on DVD.

That’s right.  Even though people are starting to watch videos online and the interwebs are beginning to see some growth in bandwidth coming from video, we all know that DVD’s are still a more popular video consumption platform.  And the greatest part about physical media, is that you don’t have to wait for the Internet.  Thankfully, the 4th largest online video site in the world, YouTube, gets this.

Get The Magic of YouTube, on DVD

The Official YouTube DVD Collection: Get The Magic of Online Video, OfflineYou can actually order the magic of YouTube right now, at http://www.youtube.com/theyoutubecollection/.  YouTube put a ton of thought into the ordering process and they’ve thought through quite a few of the common issues that might happen when providing physical copies of the YouTube collection.

1) Multiple Genre’s Available. 

Whether you’re into sports, comedy, education, or “Stuff people say,” they’ve got it.  You can choose between these genres, or order the complete collection of 508,575 discs.

The Official YouTube DVD Collection: Get The Magic of Online Video, Offline

2) Multiple Shipping Options.  

Their default shipping method is shipping trucks, but you don’t have to go that route.  They even have options for something called the Postal Service (Note–keep in mind that shipping trucks and freight Vessel options are much quicker).

The Official YouTube DVD Collection: Get The Magic of Online Video, Offline

3) Don’t have a DVD Player?

If you’re not a rich person and haven’t upgraded to the latest in home entertainment (the DVD), YouTube will ship you other formats, including Laser Disc, Video Cassettes, and Betamax Tape.

The Official YouTube DVD Collection: Get The Magic of Online Video, Offline

However, there are 2 things that may hold this new offering back. 

1) They are charging around $5 USD per disc.  When you order the complete collection, you’ll be spending upwards of $2 million dollars.  I’m in no way debating the value of this as it’s clear that the value is priceless, but I’m a few dollars short.

The Official YouTube DVD Collection: Get The Magic of Online Video, Offline

2) Apparently, YouTube was not prepared for this new offering to be as popular as it has become.  Orders taken today have anticipated delivery times that are a bit longer than one might ordinarily expect.

The Official YouTube DVD Collection: Get The Magic of Online Video, Offline

Order Your DVDs Today – April 1st, 2012 (Hint Hint)

OK, so we’ve announced other April Fools Day fun in the past and had to clarify afterwards that they were NOT real announcements.  So, just to make absolutely sure – THIS IS AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE FROM YOUTUBE.  Fun stuff.