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Trial and Error

In Honor of Harry Potter Day Tomorrow

July 10, 2007 10:23 AM

So, as you may know, tomorrow marks the beginning of a two-week observance of Harry Potter. And in honor of the boy wizard and the fifth cinematic installment of his adventures—culminating on July 21 with the release of the final book in the series—I decide to visit Veoh’s beta TV service today.

How do Veoh and Harry Potter intersect, you may ask?

Quite simply. They intersect because I want them to.

I have already checked out Veoh’s “channels” that feature videos from CBS, Fox and NBC. Now I am going to test the search functionality by inputting what else but “Harry Potter” into the search bar.

The results produce the trailer for “Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix” and then a quite crude and dirty mock-up video—a sort of “Brokeback Mountain” meets “Harry Potter,” envisioning Harry having a crush on Draco. There are several other videos too.

In any case, my review of Veoh is that the service remains incredibly easy to navigate and use. My only quibble is there is no back button when you are watching the videos—you can only go backwards by hitting the search button. Fortunately, it took me back to the video results page.


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