YouTube alternative and video sharing site Motionbox has acquired competitor and fellow video site Viddyou for an undisclosed amount. Motionbox, which raised $6 million in funding earlier this year, is similar to YouTube in that it allows users to upload and share their videos on the web, but it includes a more in-depth suite of privacy settings that make it better suited for sharing clips with a select group of friends rather than the whole world.
Motionbox also got a boost from AOL, which recommended Motionbox to as an replacement for its Video Uploads service, which was shut down last November. Viddyou has a similar model to Motionbox by featuring extensive privacy controls. The site also focused more on quality of video over quantity by adding support for high definition video.
According a press release, Viddyou users be able to move their account information and videos to
Motionbox and premium users will be granted Motionbox Premium subscriptions. ViddYou launched in 2007 as a “vlogging” site and expanded its offering to become more of a video sharing site like YouTube.