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Plizy Another Way to View Videos on Your iPad

If you like to watch online videos on your iPad but are tired of trying to find ones that interest you, then Plizy maybe what you are looking for. It is a site created by CEO Jonathan Benassaya who has been an important part of the French Tech scene for quite awhile. It allows you to view videos from those you are following on Twitter and Facebook. If you hit the Add a channel button, you will see a list of various categories, from Animation to Travel. Each category has a list of sites within it. Click on the site you are interested in and it is added to your collection. Right now Plizy is connected to Revision 3, Vimeo, YouTube and DailyMotion. Each site you add becomes another square. If you connect Facebook or Twitter, they each become a separate square.  As new videos are added to a site your collection will update. If there is a new video a blue dot will appear under the that collection.  Clicking on the heart next to a video will save it as a favorite. As you like more videos, Plizy learns your preferences and starts to recommend videos based on them and who you follow on Twitter and Facebook.  You can share the videos out to Facebook and Twitter. You can also comment and like directly on the application. If you are in portrait mode and click on the conversations icon you can follow the conversation under the video without having to leave the application.

Right now Plizy is in invite only private beta. I like Plizy, but there are a few things I would like to see added or change before it goes public. I wish there was a way to reorganize the channels by moving the squares around. Unfortunately Plizy is not Air Play enabled, which is something that needs to be added before it goes public. Hopefully they will be adding other sites to their collection like Blip.tv. Plizy is entering a competitive and growing field. Showyou and Squrl are two other application that I have tried that are similar to Plizy. They aggregate videos from various sites, so you can watch them within a single application. Plizy ability to curate and personalize your video collection based on your preferences will be what separates it from its competitors.

Update (18:11 on 5/30/11) I have been informed that you can move the tiles around by clicking and holding on  them and then moving them or thru the edit button.  Also Blip.TV is one of the video sites that Plizy does gather from now.  Finally Plizy is now in public not private beta.

Clicker TV

One of the great things about life today is that if you miss something on TV or at the movies, you can be almost guaranteed that you will find is somewhere on line. The problem is where. You might be able to get it through Hulu or iTunes or maybe Xfinity (Comcast’s on-line portal), not to mention the channels own Web site. Its like having five hundred channels without any guide. You could go to each Web site and try to find a show that way, but that takes too long. If you have a Google TV you are all set. However if you don’t have Google TV, one option you might try is a site called Clicker TV, which aggregates what is available on Itunes, Amazon On-demand, Xfinity, Netflix or Hulu along with on-line video sites such as YouTube, Mevio among others.

When you first come to the site on the left hand side you will see some search options. The first is a general search option where you can search for a specific show or by keyword over all available sources. If you are not looking for a specific program, but are interested in a certain category, then you would want to use the category option. The category option shows every category from Action and Adventure to Travel. You can also see what is popular within a specific type of media, such as TV, Movies and Web Video. Once you find the video you want if you click on it will bring up available episodes and where you can get them. Some you can play directly on the Clicker site, most are available through external sites. If you decide to sign up for the site, which I recommend it allows you to create a queue of your favorite videos.

Clicker does have both an iPhone and an iPad app. The one thing that the Iphone application has that the main Web site doesn’t appear to is the ability to search for only videos that are free.  If you click on a subscription and then on a specific episode you can have it show you those videos that are available on the iPhone or all videos. You can also have it show you only episodes that are available for free. Clicker TV is a good aggregator, I do wish it was available on the Roku, which has no overall search option.