We now have a videoplayer page. I’m sure the usability has been thoroughly tested, but the alignment of various graphical objects is a tad off. The site wisely accepts that black video players are now the norm.

Incidentally, cbc.ca/watch needs to redirect to /video; anyone’s reasonable guess of an URL has to work. (Though I suppose cbc/watch makes people think of John Spence.)

Hobby horse first

Launching a videoplayer in late ’09 with no captioning or description whatsoever is a great way to lose another human-rights complaint. This is a lesson the NFB learned well.

NFB video player with two lines of captioning

Hulu puts insane effort into getting captioning to work. But they put insane effort into everything – even optimizing the thumbnail images you see when you search for a performer inside a show. (Listen to a podcast by Hulu’s CTO.) Development is mostly done in China, by the way.

So: Hulu

We all want Hulu in Canada. You want it, I want it, everybody wants it. Given a legit alternative, people will use it. Of course you can Bittorrent, but Hulu? It’s right there. It’s convenient. So why not?

Hulu is only in the States for two reasons – rights and money.

I think they consortium that owns Hulu is being wisely shy about expansion. They shouldn’t do the Web-startup thing and get too big too fast. They’re already huge, though only in one country. Anyway, the day will come: Hulu will go international. (TiVo did – eventually.) I’ve been checking various foreign domain names, and all the ones you’d expect are already registered. Basic plans are in place. Hulu will break free of the United States.

And CBC should be Hulu’s first broadcaster and investor in Canada.

Why CBC should co-own Hulu

Remember Sirius? Galaxie? This could be Sirius and Galaxie done right.

What’s the problem?

The problem is CBC never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

Minor detail: This would cost tens of millions.