The current issue of PC World has an extensive comparison of most of the popular video sharing websites.
Blip.tv has emerged as a clear winner – again – in terms of video quality and video encoding speed. It also supports the wide screen Flash video player, a format that is soon becoming the de facto standard.
While YouTube uses Flash 7, most other sites encode uses Flash 8 which results in a sharper video quality. (Tech note: Flash 7 uses the Sorensen Spark codec, Flash 8 uses the On2 VP6 codec).
I chose Blip.tv because they supported most video formats, has no limitation on file sizes and maintained the original video quality unlike YouTube’s 320×240 resolution.
However, YouTube has won the mass market by millions.
It just goes to show you that the best technology doesn’t always win the race. It’s who get to the finish line first.