Recently I've given some thought to doing some experimentation with a video podcast. My initial thought is something in conjunction with my Disruptive Telephony blog to show/discuss some of the things happening in the world of telephony. I anticipate doing it with a webcam on my laptop and then perhaps also with recording video on my Canon digital camera (once I get a new one). For my current experimentation, I'm thinking that I'll just use Windows Movie Maker to add title and end slides and do whatever minimal editing I need.
But my question is this: where do I host it?
What I am looking for is a site where I can upload the video in some format and have it automagically converted to appropriate viewing formats, complete with the ability to embed video players in blogs. Though I expect that I'll primarily promote the blogs on my own web page, I would like to be able to have a "show" web page on the hosting site. At the moment, I'm not really interested in running ads, I don't think, but I guess at some point that might be an interesting option - but I want control over exactly what ads go where. Today, really all I'm looking for is a publishing platform.
A year and a bit ago, when I first looked at doing something with video, there didn't seem to be all that many choices other than, say, YouTube. But today, there seem to be a great many players in the space. I'm NOT looking to do a live show, so that pretty much seems to rule out ustream and blogtv.com. It seems that to me that some of the major players are the following:
So my question for you all out there reading this is - if you are doing a video podcast or video blog or vlog or whatever you want to call it, where are you hosting your videos? And why did you use that site/service?
Any thoughts/comments/feedback would be most appreciated. (Thanks!)