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Best Buy debuts ad-free video sharing service


MINNEAPOLIS Best Buy today announced the launch of a new advertising-free video sharing service, which allows users to choose who can view their home videos.

Best Buy Video Sharing is a subscription-based service for users to upload their personal videos for sharing on Web sites and blogs, with family and friends, or in e-mail messages. The service was created in partnership with Mydeo, a provider of quality streaming video hosting for home and business users. The service will be sold online and in Best Buys retail stores. Best Buy said it will also take a minority, equity stake in Mydeo.

With the growing popularity of video, fueled in part by social networking sites, weve actually seen an increase in customer demand for alternative video sharing solutions. Many customers, particularly families with children, dont want their personal memories available for anyone to see in the public domain nor do they want to share them in a cluttered environment that includes advertising, said Kevin Winneroski, vp of Best Buy. Through Best Buy Video Sharing, customers can safely store their videos and share them only with the friends and family they choose. 

Base plans for the video sharing service start at $6.97 for 100 minutes of video hosting and video lengths up to 30 minutes each. Customers can chose premium plans for extended video lengths, additional video storage capacity, and other sharing features.

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