Dailymotion Releases First App for iPhone
French video sharing web site Dailymotion released its first iPhone application [App Store, $6] on Monday. The app arrives in two versions, the first being free but ad-supported while the second version without ads costs $6. Users of either can search for videos, browse channels, and see popular or featured highlights. iPhone 3GS owners have the further option of recording and uploading their own clips.
Back in October, Dailymotion CTO Olivier Poitrey complained that Apple was showing preferential treatment to YouTube. He notes that the iPhone version of Safari includes a special plug-in, allowing people to launch that site’s clips with ease, whereas sites like Dailymotion must make special effort to enable web content. The dedicated app represents a type of workaround for the problem, but will likely continue to give YouTube an edge outside of Dailymotion’s European home turf.
The Dailymotion app requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later to install and run.