Ok it’s not that extreme, but the Brightcove service is an extremely important service to the world of online video. I cannot confirm the exact time that their videos went offline, but it appears to be on many of their networks. Yes Discovery, G4TV, qubo, and our own player are as of this posting time all offline. Brightcove says that it knows about the issues and is working to solve them.
On Sunday, June 8, 2008 at 4:00am ET Brightcove began maintenance on its servers that was scheduled to last up to 6 hours. This may actually have some cause to the current outages.
Brightcove’s Chairman and CEO Jeremy Allaire said on Brightcove’s forum that there will be new updates to its service sometime in 2008.
This event brings up the point that using a third party service is actually risky business. In this web 2.0 world, at any moment a company that you or someone else depends on could go bankrupt and disappear forever. I believe there is definitely a new bubble going on, much like the dot-com bubble in the 90s. So many new companies are appearing daily and yet they aren’t clearly defining and achieving ways to become a profitable company.
It is definitely cheaper in the short term to rely on a third party company to solve one’s own technical problems. But remember to never put all your eggs into one basket – especially if you don’t have 100% control over the basket.