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When I first saw iDesktop.tv one of my first thoughts was that it must be a US startup. Now I will admit that is incredibly Silicon-Valley-centric of me, for which apologise. In fact iDesktop.tv is coming out of Davendra Patel’s 3rd Eye Solutions agency in good ol’ Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, UK which makes it doubly cool.
iDesktop.tv – a relaunch of YouTubeDesktop – is basically an Ajax interface onto YouTube videos with a few more features added, chiefly the ability to download videos to your desktop. I know there are apps for this kind of thing, but few achieve this is in the consumer-friendly fashion of iDesktop.tv. When you download a video, you can choose from a variety of formats to convert it to – AVI, MP4, 3GP, 3GP2, MOV, WMV, FLV, EXE or ZIP. That means you can then transfer the video easily to a PC or a mobile phone, iPhone or iPod without using any other converter program. Windows can be dragged around and resized and you can create playlists or share video links with friends. It’s also possible to dim the background while watching videos.

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You can also import your saved playlists or favourite videos from YouTube by logging-in. Each user profile displays a video comments list and information and you can see their other other videos or see their favourites. Searching for videos is a fun experience where you can make thumbnails zoom in and out, and search results can be sorted by relevance, date, rating or view count. The player can be opened in a new browser window and be maximised to four different aspect ratios.
There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of monetisation of the site, but I’d put that aside for now, because this is a really interesting interface onto YouTube which even YouTube ought to take a look at.

However, there are of course also some tricky implications. Interfaces like this rob YouTube of advertising impressions while sucking up bandwidth, although in theory pre-oll and post-roll adverts wouldn’t be affected. And don’t even ask about the licensing issues for the videos concerned, but it just goes to show that if you want to put content out there you need to make sure the video itself contains any necessary branding or copyright information.

  • I Am Not Posting To Spam My Blog

    This is undoubtedly the first time the words “cool” and “Wellingborough, Northamptonshire” have ever appeared in the same sentence, and the only time they ever will. They’re probably throwing street parties as we speak.

  • http://www.iknowthe.net Emma

    Its a very, very nice interface.

  • http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/11/29/idesktoptv-a-better-youtube-interface/ iDesktop.TV: A Better YouTube Interface?

    […] are organized on YouTube, check out UK-startup iDesktop.tv. It is just easier on the eyes. From TechCrunch UK: iDesktop.tv – a relaunch of YouTubeDesktop – is basically an Ajax interface onto YouTube videos […]

  • Mike Butcher

    Well, I don’t see Wellingborough shouldn’t get some cool factor if the rather blandly named “Mountain View” can have it. I foresee a whole new tech conversation: “How’s you’re startup going?”, “Well, we managed to get some office space in Wellingborough…”

  • http://www.gigpay.com Joe

    This is great. Only this week, I’ve been trolling the web looking for a tool to help me convert the .flv files RealPlayer now lets you download off ANY video website. I really thought the RealPlayer function was cool of course.

    I did in the end find a few, but I can tell you that I think this blows RealPlayer, the converters and YouTube out of the water. I have a Neonode N2 just crying out for some videos. Not to mention the Nokia N810 thats in the post. Should be no problem getting the site to work on that browser.

    Good work guys. I’m off to find space in Wellingborough for our startup.

  • http://jp.techcrunch.com/archives/idesktoptv-a-better-youtube-interface/ TechCrunch Japanese アーカイブ » iDesktop.TV: YouTubeより優れたインターフェイスでYouTube動画が楽しめる?

    […] YouTubeの動画オーガナイズの仕方に不満を感じた経験のある人は、英国のスタートアップiDesktop.tvを要チェック。ひたすら目にやさしいのだ。TechCrunch UKはこう書いている。: YouTubeDesktopがリニューアルオープンした iDesktop.tvは、基本的にYouTube動画にをAjaxのインターフェイスで楽しめるサイトだ。新機能もいくつか追加しており、動画をデスクトップにダウンロードできる機能がメインとなっている。これができるアプリは各種出回っているが、iDesktop.tvのようにコンシューマーに使いやすいスタイルで実現したところは稀だ。動画はDLするとAVI、MP4、3GP、3GP2、MOV、WMV、FLV、EXE、ZIPなど各種フォーマットから変換先のフォーマットを選択できるので、変換プログラムを使わなくても簡単にDL後の動画をパソコンや携帯電話、iPhoneやiPodに転送できる。ウィンドウはドラッグ&リサイズ可。プレイリスト作成、動画リンク共有もできるほか、 動画視聴中は背景を暗くすることも可能だ。 […]

  • http://fr.techcrunch.com/2007/11/30/idesktoptv-une-meilleure-interface-youtube/ TechCrunch en français » iDesktop.TV: une meilleure interface YouTube?

    […] YouTube, regardez un peu la startup anglaise iDesktop.tv. Beaucoup plus agréable visuellement. De TechCrunch.UK: “ iDesktop.tv, le retour de YouTube desktop, est une interface Ajax au sein des vidéos […]

  • Nic Brough

    >I’m off to find space in Wellingborough for our startup.
    I know of an empty office you could have on the street behind my house. Conveniently half-way between the railway station and the town centre.

  • http://www.idesktop.tv/blog/?p=15 iDesktop.tv blog » Blog Archive » Excellent review about iDesktop.tv from TechCrunch UK!

    […] Check out the whole review here. […]

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  • http://www.idesktop.tv Davendra

    Glad you guys like , thanks.

    Sure the mayor of Wellingborough, will be proud of us.

    ‘Wellingborough Valley’ here we come.

  • http://uk.techcrunch.com/2008/10/27/startups-show-their-wares-at-web2expo-europe/ Startups show their wares at Web2Expo Europe

    […] I wrote about it in 2007 and it has come a long way. It’s a great way of creating custom players for YouTube videos […]

  • http://uk.techcrunch.com/2009/02/03/idesktops-new-player-makes-your-videos-just-that-little-bit-slicker/ iDesktop’s new player makes your videos just that little bit slicker

    […] previously wrote about iDesktopTV here and here. […]

  • http://rakdesign.com Web Designer

    Well Done that man!! Good to know people have finally recognised your product… one of many out there! Like FlashJester, PhotoWoto, Grab and send etc… just shows the quality of your work… and pretty more to come right! :) Well done Davu & the Team!

  • http://uk.techcrunch.com/2009/08/13/idesktoptv-relaunches-with-new-look-and-a-ton-of-new-features/ iDesktop.tv relaunches with new look and a ton of new features

    […] case you missed our previous coverage, iDesktop.tv is a web-based interface for YouTube that allows greater customisation and […]

  • http://www.newsjacker.co.uk/media/idesktop-tv-relaunches-with-new-look-and-a-ton-of-new-features/ iDesktop.tv relaunches with new look and a ton of new features 

    […] case you missed our previous coverage, iDesktop.tv is a web-based interface for YouTube that allows greater customisation and […]

  • http://www.identitystudios.co.uk Identity Web Design

    Really great interface. Very slick design.

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