In a rather bizarre and strange move by video-sharing startup Veoh, they have apparently blocked visitors from all but 166 countries from accessing its site since last weekend, a spokesperson confirmed to NewTeeVee today.
Veoh’s Gaude Paez told NewTeeVee, “The markets we are exiting collectively represent less than 10 percent of our viewer base.” She maintained that the decision was “not about saving resources but rather re-focusing those resources.” Paez was not able to immediately provide the list of countries where Veoh is still available which is rather sensitive I would think.
Competition is high in the video space and we want to make sure we’re differentiating ourselves in terms of products and ad platforms to monetize. As a startup we just have to make choices.
Paez said they would soon be enhancing its ad targeting and working to expand access beyond the PC. Users flooded the Veoh forums with complaints over the weekend, saying they felt discriminated against for being from certain countries, “I’m from Dominican Republic, and when I saw that message I really wanted to cry… I still want to,” wrote one user, and “this is very unfair not even an email alert i just couldn’t enter, its sucks!!!” said another.
To think that I often considered Veoh as an alternative and backup to Youtube before. I once even had the intention of moving to Veoh. But it’s low fps, poor support, clunky inferface, lesser users compared to Youtube, forcing us to use Veoh TV software, intrusive advertisements, etc. And now this bs crap.
According to Wikipedia, users report being blocked from Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Indonesia, Chile, Argentina, St. Kitts and Nevis, Guatemala, Luxembourg, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Guam, Jamaica, Barbados, El Salvador, Hungary, Malta, Macedonia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Colombia, Cyprus, Romania, the Cayman Islands, Guadeloupe, Saudi Arabia, Peru, Panama, Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia, Lithuania, Jordan, Egypt, Bulgaria, Serbia, Iceland, Bermuda, Thailand, Brunei, Honduras, the Bahamas, Nicaragua, Anguilla, Guyana, etc.
Sharing videos to a selected few countries rather than the world is pointless.
Hat tip to Andrew Baron at Dembot.