Dailymotion, the French-born video site and YouTube competitor, has quietly launched a public Application Programming Interface (API) for third-party apps that want to integrate some, if not all, of its features.
It’s interesting to see Dailymotion finally get around to offering a public API, something that Google-owned YouTube has had for yonks. There also seems to be a significant emphasis on mobile apps, which makes a lot of sense given the trend towards consuming content on the go and the advent of tablets but also now that a large share of Dailymotion is owned by Orange.
Last month the telco acquired roughly 49% of the company for approximately €59 million with an option to purchase the rest of Dailymotion at a later date. Although, as we pointed out at the time, the deal looked an awful lot like the French government selling a company to itself, with both Dailymotion and France Telecom-owned Orange in part backed by Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement (FSI), the French government’s sovereign wealth fund.