Let me get this straight:
- A fan posts the hilarious Natalie Portman rap video from Saturday Night Live on YouTube.
- NBC asks YouTube to remove it. Which is a drag, but that’s their prerogative.
- NBC posts the video on their own “Web Favorites” site.
- …where I cannot make it play. It just sits there, an empty window, in both Firefox and IE.
Adding insult to injury, NBC tells me that this is somehow a convenience to me – that they are helpfully collecting all of their content in one place so I don’t have to search for it. A place where I can’t watch anything.
I always have problems with Comedy Central’s Motherload, too. I do not get this: Google Video always works. YouTube always works. Why do entertainment-industry sites with locked-down video content not work as well?
* Searching the Web is really hard. If only there were a way you could enter keywords that describe what you’re looking for into a text box, and quickly search the entire Web – or a specific Web site – to see if the video you’re looking for is there. Man, whoever comes up with that technology is going to be a total chick magnet.