I’ve been hearing for a while that Blip.tv is slow.
It’s never seemed bad to me, but I didn’t really have anything to compare it to. I have to be honest, I really love the features Blip.tv gives to its producers. Not so much to its viewers. But to the producers. The automated file conversions from FTP uploaded masters is an exceptional time saver in post, and the automated upload to YouTube, while not perfect, also saves some redundant work for me after the show each Tuesday night.
So, to hear that Blip.tv is slow seemed backward to me; it is a real time saver. To me, a show producer.
Last July, we launched a syndicate in China, because Blip.tv is blocked in China and our viewers were crying out (in particular, Mainland China residents who had traveled to places like Germany for school and had fallen in love with the show, which is very popular there).
So for kicks, I thought I’d test the speed difference between Blip.tv and our China syndication system.
For this little experiment, I used the exact same file from 3 sources (Blip.tv, Amazon S3 and our China syndication system).
Here are the shocking results:
File: Episode 295, H.264 SD Quality, 246378147 Bytes (235 MB).
Blip.TV: 34m 25s, 117 KB/s
Amazon S3: 52s, 4.48 MB/s
Our China Syndication System: 37s, 6.19M/s
I’m sorry, what? Blip.tv took nearly 35 minutes to download the episode, whereas our syndication system into Mainland China, which is housed at our datacentre in California, took only 37 seconds! That’s basically one second for every minute it took through Blip.tv. I did not expect that! I’m also impressed that the little syndicating system (which I designed) outperformed S3.
No, we are not going to drop Blip.tv. It has its place, and that place is as I described. They’re a big part of our distribution chain. But perhaps it’s best to retire them as the source for our RSS feeds and let them stick to what they do best: from the encoding to the distribution to YouTube.
So I have a feeling our system which was built to help viewers in China watch the show may soon become our world-wide source for RSS files. What do you think? Want to receive Category5 episode 5500% faster?
Now, to git’r done!