on Sep 10, 2012
Some of you – okay, a lot of you – have noticed certain… problems with the earlier seasons of Spoiler Warning. More specifically, every single video hosted by Viddler is no longer available and Viddler itself is offering no explanation whatsoever.
Well, allow me to share an email I received a few weeks ago with you:
Over the last few years, Viddler has invested in the development and support of our superior online video platform features because of our current and future customers’ changing needs. Because of these additional investments, we’re requesting that all of our personal account users using above 2GB of bandwidth per month upgrade to one of Viddler’s cost-effective accounts.
Your account is actively using over 100GB of bandwidth monthly, which qualifies you to upgrade to Viddler’s Business account for half off the regular cost. For just $50 per month, the Business account will give you 200GB of bandwidth!
Click here to sign up for Viddler’s Business account today! Complete the online form and enter promo code “SOBUSY” to apply the 50% discount.
For those personal accounts exceeding the bandwidth usage that choose not to upgrade to the Business account, your account will be removed from Viddler’s platform over the next month.
If you have any questions about your bandwidth usage or Viddler’s Business account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate your understanding and your continued loyalty.
The Viddler Sales Team
Uh… Sorry, what?
So, let me get this straight; Our account is using over 100 GB of bandwidth per month, which means it must be getting a lot of views every month, and each of those viewers must then be hitting your pre-video full screen unskippable advertisement – which, by the way, we don’t get a cut of. And in recognition of all the traffic and ad revenue we bring to Viddler each month… you’re demanding we pay you an absurd monthly fee so we can retain the privilege of using your incredible video hosting service or you’re going to shut down our account?!
You know Viddler, take it from me – there are many more expedient ways to commit financial suicide.
Needless to say, the first three seasons plus the TF2 Special and Randy’s Best of Spoiler Warning have all gone kaput. Fortunately for you, I keep meticulous backups for just this sort of situation. Therefore, starting this Saturday, we will be launching Spoiler Warning: Rewatch. Each Monday and Saturday, an episode from the earlier seasons will be re-released on Youtube, and over the next several months, we’ll rebuild the archive from the ground up. And since we’re doing Mass Effect 3 right now, it seems only appropriate that we begin Rewatch with the very first season.
Unfortunately, though I’d like to, there’s not much I can do to remaster the older episodes. While I keep backups of all of the footage we record, .AVI files take up a massive amount of space, so I throw the raw footage through the same encoding process that I use for the episodes themselves. Unfortunately, for the first two seasons, this encoding process used Windows Movie Maker, and thus all of the footage is in low-quality 480p. I actually do have the Bioshock season in 720p, but… that’s our worst season, who cares?
So about that’s the shape of it. Any questions?