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Better than Google Video

May 8th, 2006

And better than YouTube too.

There seem to be a zillion Internet video
archive sites these days which means
it’s pretty hard for any single one to stand

Just when I thought I’d seen it all, along comes…


Here’s what Guba’s got that nobody else

1. An excellent interface including search
capacity – and very fast servers


2. Over 20,000 hours of high quality videos
including lots of material from HBO and other
sources people are used to paying good
money to watch.

Each video is presented in a wide variety of formats
including Flash and formatted for download to
an iPod or Sony’s PSP.

There are a couple of odd things about this site

1. It offers of lots of copyrighted programs
that doubt they have rights to. Episodes
of "The Sopranos" for example. 

2. The company claims that they’ve been around
for years, have thousands of members and are

These two items had me scratching my head .

How could I not have heard of these guys?

How did they build up such a big following
of paying customers when everyone else is
giving it away?

How did they gather all this phenomenal content?

A little digging revealed the answer…

Guba’s current shiny family-friendly public face
is a NEW development.

The subscriber base, the money, and the
better-than-average technology all come from
their ORIGINAL business…

Helping Internet users find photo and video
on Usenet in the murky world of alt.binaries.

Usenet was – and is – a discussion system
created by two grad students at Duke University
in 1979. Before the web, it’s where most people
who used the Internet hung out.

You might have heard the term "newsgroup."

Newsgroups were essentially discussion boards
on every topic under the sun – including a
huge number devoted to sharing – you’ve probably
guessed by now – po-rn.

It’s no secret that the po-rn world has been
serving video files in huge volume for many,
many years before the recent explosion
in Internet video.

Guba’s made the decision to join in the
much bigger consumer party.

Just to be clear….

The current incarnation of Guba.com site is squeaky
clean and I think you’ll be surprised by how much
great stuff is on it and how easy it is to use.

Can Guba continue to do what they’re doing without
getting heat from the copyright owners?

Who knows, but in the meantime, I’m enjoying it.

They call themselves "the premier multimedia search
and download site" and, by George, I think they’ve
earned  it.




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  1. Freddie
    May 8th, 2006 at 14:42 | #1

    If you’re such a video expert… why don’t we ever see any videos by you… all you do is talk about what other people do.

  2. J
    May 8th, 2006 at 15:47 | #2

    He does have videos!

  3. Ken McCarthy
    May 8th, 2006 at 17:06 | #3

    J –
    Thanks for responding.
    And gee whiz Freddie, look here…
    A video I made in 1994 and it’s on the Internet… and it’s mentioned on this blog… and in this video TWELVE YEARS ago, I talk about practical ways to use video on the Internet.
    Yeah, I guess I’m just jumping on the bandwagon empty-handed. Thanks for setting the record straight. 🙂
    (I wonder why it’s so hard for certain people to do even the most basic research before they shoot their mouths off and disparage other people’s work?)
    Anyway, now that that’s cleared up maybe someone would like to talk about Guba.
    One thing that may not have been clear from the article is there is a whole world of people who post video to Usenet groups. This has been going on for a long, long time.
    Guba’s doing a very smart thing by going mainstream with their technology. I wish them well.

  4. May 8th, 2006 at 17:32 | #4

    Thanks again for remininding us that all new is old and all old is new.
    Usenet traffic used to account for the bulk of internet traffic, because it was an automated system of delivering large larges around the net.
    This has been superceded by BitTorrent traffic.
    BitTorrent traffic solves the problem of overloaded servers by turning swarms of downloaders into swarms of uploaders whenever they are downloading a large file. BitTorrent downloading programs automatically offer pieces of file which they have downloaded to other computers. A central computer maintains the list of which computers are currently downloading. It’s a fascinating piece of technology, and it’s most appropriate for video where user has a personal passion in, and doesn’t mind sharing his bandwidth so others could share the same content.
    ps. Saw your talking head show. Readers who want to try this should also have a look at Izzy’s video podcasts on shooting videos. Lots of info on lighting, cut on moves, shot selection et. c

  5. Ray McArtur
    May 8th, 2006 at 20:57 | #5

    Hello Ken I want to thank you
    the first videos I looked at were the
    vintage cartoons nothing special
    but when I went to sports and found martial arts and Bruce Lee WOW what a treat.
    Im still looking at one now its very long and informative.I use to compete in Chicago
    in the late 70’s
    Thanks again.

  6. Ken
    May 8th, 2006 at 21:42 | #6

    Thanks for the suggestions and the mention of BitTorrent. If you can point us to any resources about it that’d be great.
    I flunked peer-to-peer in Internet school 🙂
    In the meantime, here’s something I found on WikiPedia about it:
    You’re right. No discussion of Internet video is complete without addressing BitTorrent.
    About Guba… to everyone. Keep fooling around with it. There’s a ton of stuff there. Mostly TV material, but good stuff.

  7. Ken McCarthy
    May 9th, 2006 at 13:50 | #7

    Speak of the devil…
    Warner Brothers just announced they’re going to distribute some of their movies via BitTorrent.
    Here’s the story:

  8. joe
    May 11th, 2006 at 14:28 | #8

    Hi Ken, seems you were right about guba not having the rights to shows like the sopranos they’ve pulled them all off the site.I managed to watch two of the shows before they dissapered.thanks for the link and all the great info you’ve sent me for the last few years! all the best to ya!

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