A new project for a video hosting platform called Video.Show has been announced by some of our developer evangelists. The code doesn't cost anything, in fact it is offered as an open source project. It also appears to be ready for usage, not just a vision.
A blog post on the topic caught my eye because of the first bullet point regarding who should be interested:
Your company or school wants to distribute e-learning or educational content over the web for internal or external access;
This is an important type of opportunity because it gives a school the power to decide whether they want to use a public service (such as Soapbox) or host their own site in a protected and value-added manner using Video.Show. This is an opportunity to demonstrate how the school is safely delivering a rich learning experience to the students. The solution looks cool, which is a very big deal. If a school were to host their own video community it would need to satisfy the "cool" factor or it might face student rejection.
Typically a solution like this makes sense after a technology proves itself in subset of courses and moves from the individual innovator to something the institution is interested in supporting. The Video.Show solution delivers an open source solution residing on a trusted and supportable platform.
From Tim's site, I found a reference to a very interesting implementation of the Video.Show solution - http://www.filmsforlearning.org/. The site includes a social community and online commenting system for student published video content. There appears to be a great online community supporting the site - http://community.filmsforlearning.org/.