Helen Zille sings “Never give up!” – which vodcasting platform do you prefer?

You’ve seen Jacob Zuma singing Awuleth’ uMshini Wami. Now you can watch Helen Zille singing along to the DA’s anti-crime campaign theme song, “Never give up!” Eat your heart out, JZ 🙂

We’ve uploaded the video to multiple Vodcasting platforms, and I’m interested to know which you prefer.

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My sense is that both local options – Zoopy and Myvideo – are faster and require much less buffering than their better known international cousin, Youtube. I think Zoopy has a slight edge on Myvideo speedwise, but it’s very close (and, of course, Myvideo designed a custom player with a DA logo for us to use, so they get points for that too 🙂 ).

Watching the videos one after the other, Zoopy buffered for a few seconds once at the beginning of the video and then played straight through, while Myvideo had a second pause of a few seconds about a third of the way into the clip. But compare that to Youtube, where you often spend more time buffering than viewing, and it’s clear that South Africa’s vodcasting platforms have adapted well to the slower connectivity environment.

Of course, that’s not going to bother Youtube too much, because most of their users never have to worry about buffering anyway. Videos download instantaneously. But in developing countries like South Africa, where the infrastructure is somewhat behind the curve, it could give them the edge. They just need to break through Youtube’s dominance with some clever marketing.

It’ll be interesting to see which platform gets the most views.

3hr Update: Zoopy – 34 views; Myvideo – 22; Youtube – 8

2 day Update: Zoopy – 115 views; Myvideo – 60 views; Youtube – 13


3 Responses to “Helen Zille sings “Never give up!” – which vodcasting platform do you prefer?”

  1. 1 Tristan 13 August 2008 at 11:48 am

    Hey Anthony, great little write-up and thanks for the kind words. It’s encouraging to see the local platforms performing so well.

    I would be interested to know what your connection speed is. Obviously on faster lines the buffering does not become an issue for all 3 videos, however on some slower connections certain videos might stream faster than the others and vice versa. Just a thought.

  2. 2 ahazell 13 August 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Tristan,

    The thing with South African broadband is that it depends where and when you are accessing. My test was on our network in the morning, and I was probably getting about 340-500kbps. If I try in the afternoon, everything slows down drastically – there’s just not enough redundancy.

  3. 3 Jason 17 September 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Hi Anthony

    Glad to see that the Zoopy community responded with enthusiasm to your video. Zoopy should be flying now that we have South African servers 🙂


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