Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/46791/domains/thewrongadvices.com/html/wp-settings.php on line 472

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/46791/domains/thewrongadvices.com/html/wp-settings.php on line 487

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/46791/domains/thewrongadvices.com/html/wp-settings.php on line 494

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/46791/domains/thewrongadvices.com/html/wp-settings.php on line 530

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/46791/domains/thewrongadvices.com/html/wp-includes/cache.php on line 103

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/46791/domains/thewrongadvices.com/html/wp-includes/query.php on line 21

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/46791/domains/thewrongadvices.com/html/wp-includes/theme.php on line 623

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/46791/domains/thewrongadvices.com/html/wp-content/plugins/tantan/tantan_reports.php on line 143

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/46791/domains/thewrongadvices.com/html/wp-content/plugins/tdo-mini-forms/admin/tdomf-form-hacker.php on line 79

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/46791/domains/thewrongadvices.com/html/wp-content/plugins/tdo-mini-forms/admin/tdomf-form-hacker.php on line 118

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/46791/domains/thewrongadvices.com/html/wp-content/plugins/tdo-mini-forms/admin/tdomf-form-hacker.php on line 122

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/46791/domains/thewrongadvices.com/html/wp-content/plugins/tdo-mini-forms/admin/tdomf-form-hacker.php on line 126

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/46791/domains/thewrongadvices.com/html/wp-content/plugins/tdo-mini-forms/admin/tdomf-form-hacker.php on line 130
What Happened To Peekvid?

Monday, June 18th, 2007...7:04 am

What Happened To Peekvid?


Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/46791/domains/thewrongadvices.com/html/wp-content/plugins/tpbc.php on line 96

Like Alluc.org and its ilk, Peekvid is/was a video service which deep linked to TV shows and movies hosted on free video streaming sites like YouTube and DailyMotion.

Peekvid rose in popularity very quickly, catapulting into the Alexa top 500 in under 2 months, and soon after started getting some widespread publicity, most notably in an article by the Wall Street Journal. Their subsequent fall however, has been less publicized.

If you visit the Peekvid website now, it is all but defunct. Only a tiny fraction of the videos they originally listed are still there, and even fewer still actually work. According to an entry on Wikipedia, Peekvid were the target of legal action due to copyright infringement, but this appears to only be speculation as there doesn’t seem to be any real evidence that this was the case.

If their Alexa rank is anything to go by, Peekvid still seems be getting quite a bit of traffic, despite being all but closed. The graph below shows Peekvid’s very fast rise in popularity and their similarly sharp fall after the majority of content was removed.

Peekvid Alexa Graph

I’m surprised so many people flock to these sorts of sites when the quality of the videos are average at best and when viewed fullscreen become so pixelated to be nearly unwatchable. It hardly provides for an optimal, or even adequate, viewing experience.

15 Comments

  • “I’m surprised so many people flock to these sorts of sites when the quality of the videos are average at best and when viewed fullscreen become so pixelated to be nearly unwatchable. It hardly provides for an optimal, or even adequate, viewing experience.”

    That’s easy for you to say. I live in Nicaragua. alluc is my viewing experience.

  • What is the broadband like there? Are you able to download using torrents?

  • in all honesty I haven’t got my head around the world of torrents. Any advice you might have would be most welcome.

  • Interesting article, Dan.

    To be honest I can’t recollect visiting Peekvid, so to see how high their Alexa became was a surprise.

    Then again, can you trust the Alexa rank?

  • Hi, your blog seems to be really nice!! Are you interested in exchanging links? My blog is at http://changingtechnology.blogspot.com/ and it’s about the latest gadgets and the technology used. Do let me know if you are interested. I too will put up a link to your blog on mine. Thanks.

  • Yes I agree with you in general, but the Alexa Rank is not very trustful, because it does not represent the growing mob of people with Linux and Mac.

    Thank you for sharing this story with me !

  • I use such sites to be able to watch shows I wouldn’t otherwise watch, or listen to shows I have already seen while I am busy working away. I use tv-links though…

  • A similar service was videohybrid.com and the recently in beta, but very sketchy service, graboid.com.

    The quality is low true, but when I guess you don’t mind watching it together while blogging for a living.

  • Ourman: If you are interested in using torrents, for mine, the best client is utorrent which you can download here:
    http://www.utorrent.com/

    For the torrent files themselves Mininova or the Pirate Bay is your best bet.
    http://www.mininova.org/
    http://thepiratebay.org/

  • [...] it looks like Peekvid does have some legal problems after [...]

  • Man what a joke! Don’t know what the deal is with this YouTVpc site is all about but Peekvid
    doesn’t install any software at all that I have seen. Not to mention it only provides links to sites like YouTube who HOST the content so where does the MPAA get off attacking some site just listing links ??? Why not hit at the heart of the matter and go after the sites that allow uploads of this “illegal” content rather than some little linking site who’s only profit is from advertising not through sales or subscriptions even to their site?
    If the content was UPLOADED and STORED on YouTube and other same type sites isn’t that where the attack should be directed? Sounds to me like they have a big problem but are scared to go after the real criminals, the people who UPLOAD and or STORE that content on their servers! It’s like they want to kill the birds
    because they didn’t eat enough bugs to keep their garden pest free if you ask me…
    Just a little more than slightly moronic in my opinion. I have links to other sites on the net
    and I’d be pretty upset if one of those sites wasn’t right, but to hold me liable for something they have would really tick me off and I’d be suing for anything and everything I could get even if it was a loosing battle on my end just to make this point, “You don’t kill the messenger for bringing you bad news”!
    Find the actual source and rip out the heart of the problem and leave the people just trying to make a living alone! If linking is a crime then we’re all in big trouble out here on the net.
    I can’t ever remember being on any site that doesn’t have outside and 3rd party links to go to and I can’t hold those sites liable for the content on the links sites outside theirs, how would that be possible? I have been to a lot of sites that tried to stick me with viruses, trojans, worms, bad scripts, oh heck an endless list of problems out here attacking me but I never held a site responsible unless they purposely sent me to that bad link like PCH did once to a site that tried to breach my browser security, I complained and they ditched that advertising company almost immediately!
    Maybe the MPAA should rethink what it’s doing before making it’s self look pretty damn stupid!

    Peace Out!
    SR386

  • Of course, downloads via P2P websites are a lot better. But people rely on Peekvid and others to find out videos that they can play without any knowledge in software, networks and stuff. They just need to push a button and the movie starts right away.

    About the lawsuit. Although it could look like Goliath MPAA is hunting small Davids, it’s pretty much the opposite. Link farms are a lot easier and accessible to set than a torrent tracker list. It’s like setting a new blog. Example: http://venividi.blogsome.com. Simple design with the same results than Peekvid.

    The MPAA should be smart on this situation. They should provide the video content for free with ads included, and entice fans to repost the stuff on their websites. This way, they could easily get the traffic that YouTube took 2 years to get and still get their money back.

  • It is better to go with the legal movie download sites. The movie “quality” is my main focus :)

    Check out http://www.MovieDownloadMatrix.com

    Enjoy!

  • If a movie is down in one place, it re-emerges in another one. At this pace, it’s pretty fastidious to catch on with watching a single movie from the start to the end. But if you can get a guide to online videos working right, you’ve got your hub. There’s a site that intends to do that: http://zeboudoir.com. It leads to online videos of all kinds, the legal, the miniseries, and it’s working right. That’s the spirit I prefer.

  • Do it safer. Do it better. Do it faster. Before you can’t do it anymore.
    Read this guys, How to get everything online for free hacks. Good stuff.
    http://www.demonoid.com/files/details/1174909/3256425/
    Move to Canada, download until your hard drive is full, quit the scene, write an ebook, give it away on demonoid.
    Find out you still have to delete all that shit on your hard drives, because your ebook got to popular. Support the scene. I agree with feedbacker, a drive is in order.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Blogarama - The Blog Directory Personal Blogs - Blog Top Sites Link With Us - Web Directory