Tuesday, January 06, 2009

New TelerikTV video portal live!

I'm very excited to bring you this news. After much hard work and planning, we have finally launched the brand new Telerik video portal, dubbed Telerik TV. The new Telerik TV portal has been designed to bring you the best video experience possible on the web, and it's been built from the ground-up using the RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX and Telerik OpenAccess ORM. Among the most important features of the new video portal:

  • Big, easy-to-view videos
  • Ajax-enabled video commenting
  • Super flexible RSS support (make any search an RSS feed)
  • Easy video browsing by product type
  • Descriptive video URLs that are easy to bookmark and share
  • Video "channels" for shows like Telerik Watch Minute and RadTips
We think you're really going to enjoy this new system for viewing videos at Telerik. Our goal is to make this your "one stop shop" for all video from Telerik so that it is very easy to discover video support resources. The site also stands to demonstrate the power and productivity of the RadControls and OpenAccess products- I coded the entire site from scratch in less than 3 weeks (that's part-time development, it probably could be done in a week with full-time development). This is another prime "real world example" of how the tools from Telerik help you achieve outstanding results in very little time. We're far from done, too. Many of our older videos need to be updated to look "great" at the native "big video" size for the site (and we're actively working on that). We have plans to further improve the UX of the site. And, of course, we have tons of new video content in the pipes that will be regularly added to the site. We want your feedback, too! Let us know how we can improve the site and we'll work hard to make this the best video portal around. For now, though, enjoy the new site and have fun exploring the video content at Telerik! Visit the new Telerik TV now


Asit said...

Many of the videos don't have sound. Is this intentional?

Todd Anglin said...

@Asit- Depends on the video. Many of the older videos do not have sound- they were straight screen caps with captions. Most of the newer videos that we're producing have sound, though. Feel free to send me a link if you want me to confirm there are no bugs. :)


Gabe Sumner said...

I smell ASP.NET MVC.

BTW, the person who did the Sitefinity webinar doesn't know what he's doing.

Everyone knows webinars should open with a catchy song and be done entirely in PowerPoint...or maybe MS Paint.

Todd Anglin said...

@Gabe- No MVC here. :) Just the Routing engine in .NET 3.5 SP1 and web forms. MVC wasn't baked-enough for rapid app development, otherwise I probably would have gone that route.


Anonymous said...


I am shocked to see that it uses Adobe Flash for video playback? Is not Telerik premier producer of advanced Silverlight components including video player? I have a hard time to find the words to express my surprise and dismay.

Jan Sichula

Todd Anglin said...

@Jan- This is definitely something we had to fight with early-on in the process of building Telerik TV. We very much wanted to use our Silverlight media player, but there are many more factors at play in the entire video production workflow that did not make that the best choice...for now. We still hope that in the future we'll be able to migrate to Silverlight, but for now we're able to deliver the highest quality, fastest loading, quickly updated video content using the Flash-based player provided by Viddler. Sorry to shock and disappoint. Hopefully you'll still be able to enjoy the content! :)


Anonymous said...

Dear Todd,

thank you for your comments and prompt response. Personally I believe you were to go with Silverlight and fight a good fight like the rest of us. Our team is the first adopter of Silverlight for video distribution in Slovakia. Our success and yours too depends on success of Silverlight. Unless we all push Silverlight implementations forward, we put ourselves in precarious position of preaching Silverlight while practicing Flash. I love your products, we are using your Silverlight controls. I truly hope that you will move to Silverlight as soon as possible. We are at a crucial period in industry when many companies are deciding which way to go. Let us give them clear testimony.

Best regards,
Jan Sichula
Slovak Republic)

Anonymous said...

Hi Todd;

Jan, in his posts, especially the second one, took the words out of my mouth. It's a huge advertising for telerik to use their own product (SL player) and by the same token it's huge mental warning for clients to see when telerik is not adopting their own product. I brought this point up many months ago, and I was told with the new site, they will use SL and telerik player. To me it doesn't matter, but I'll bet you a million, any new SL prospect, would do a right click on your home page video and others. And I can only imagine what goes on in their mind when they see Flash.
Jan said it perfectly, it's fight that we are missioned to take on when we started SL culture and we would like telerik to be behind us as well.
I say it like this, because you're the chief evangelist at telerik and pushing telerik is priority # 1!
Hope my point is well taken.

Todd Anglin said...

Hey guys-

I hear you. I really do. And I completely agree. I think Telerik should use all of it's own products whenever we build anything. That's why the new Telerik TV portal is built entirely using the RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX and Telerik OpenAccess ORM for data access.

For video, we decided to go with a 3rd party provider, namely Viddler. Partnering with Viddler enabled us to automate our video workflow and take advantage of their global video content network to deliver HD videos around the globe at high speeds. Unfortunately, that also means that we have to use the Viddler provided player (at least, for now).

As for Silverlight, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think its real push for .NET developers is going to be for LOB apps, not media scenarios. While we do have a media player for Silverlight, the real innovation and work is being done in the LOB space with things like our DragDropFramework and NavigationFramework. Silverlight does media great, but I don't think the battle for Silverlight is going to be won/fought on the media front. Rather, I think the real battle for Silverlight's success will be in the business app space, and that will really start to heat-up this year with Silverlight 3.

In any event, we definitely hear you guys and will work hard to continue to EYODF. We definitely stand behind Silverlight and we have lots of exciting new things coming for that platform very soon. Hope that helps.