“Viewing online video is likely the fastest growing behavior in the history of the Internet, and AOL Video makes it easy for users around the globe to find and consume the video they are looking for,” said Fred McIntyre, Senior Vice President, AOL Video. “Consumers want just one place where they can go to find and watch all of the videos they’re looking for, and our new international video portals give them just that: a single website that brings together millions of videos from across the Web.”
The company aims to have AOL Video sites in 30 countries before the beginning of 2009.
The global videos will be available on local sites, but AOL’s main plans is to emphasize more on local (and sometimes, more relavantat) content. The local portals will be based on technology developed for AOL’s video search engin – Truveo, which recently unveiled sites in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, The Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey and United Kingdom.
In the US, AOL Video has an average of 7 million unique visitors per month and over 96 million page views.