Microsoft could take on Google's YouTube with proposed Dailymotion partnership

Microsoft is reportedly interested in some kind of partnership with France-based Orange that will involve the latter company's Dailymotion streaming video site. That's the word from Orange CEO Stéphane Richard, who revealed today that talks between the two companies are underway.

Richard made the remarks in a French TV interview, according to the Wall Street Journal, but he noted that the talks with Microsoft might not conclude in a formal agreement. He added that Orange would still retain a majority interest in Dailymotion if the deal goes through and that Microsoft's partnership would be "industrial."

In 2013, Yahoo proposed a deal where it would take a 75 percent stake in Dailymotion that reportedly would have been worth $300 million. That idea was later scuttled by the French government, which owns a minority stake in Orange. Dailymotion was founded in 2005, but its traffic is well behind that of the No. 1 video streaming site YouTube, owned by Google.

It's believed that Orange would like to challenge YouTube via an expansion of Dailymotion. A partnership with Microsoft might be a good way to do just that, and it would also let the folks at Redmond have a stake in a company that would compete with Google, as it already does in a variety of products and services.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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Another company with a potential to be possibly ruined by MS. Hopefully they don't start plastering it with their touch fad metro crap.

Wow, that's quite possibly the stupidest comment I've seen here today.

YouTube sucks hard with touch, and if it you can design an interface that works just fine with a mouse as well as touch, I fail to see how that's bad.

Ideas Man said,
Wow, that's quite possibly the stupidest comment I've seen here today.

YouTube sucks hard with touch, and if it you can design an interface that works just fine with a mouse as well as touch, I fail to see how that's bad.

You do realize that you tube has own app for touch centric device but that does not mean that conventional desktop version does not exist. It is n MS flawed one interface policy for everything where they are converting everything in to ugly flat bald color metro UI. I am glad that majority of consumer did not buy in to their flawed vision of metro crap. It was stupid to say that my comment was stupid because you failed to see the wider picture behind it.

We need a good alternative to YouTube. Google keeps ruining YouTube further. Tired of useless Google+ posts at the top of the comment section.

I'm definitely no fan of YouTube, nor the Google+ practices, but being realistic here, I just don't see it happening. I'm not saying they shouldn't try, but that I just don't see how they'd pull people away, not to mention how big of an investment they'd have to dump on it just to get it up to snuff.

Sounds more to me like Dailymotion wants to be on Azure with Azure media services powering content ingestion.

Microsoft should be wooing all video sites that aren't YouTube.

They'd most definitely have to offer a partnership type program to attract prominent YouTubers. Then their fans would then follow, and thus begins the growth process.

Oddly having watched some of the stuff on xbox one that users are making I think they could do something quite big in this area.

Perhaps they should be looking at purchasing Twitch instead if they want a presense here.

londan said,
Oddly having watched some of the stuff on xbox one that users are making I think they could do something quite big in this area.

Perhaps they should be looking at purchasing Twitch instead if they want a presense here.

YES.. twitch would be huge for them

First, I think DailyMotion need to check the region settings issue. I live in Hong Kong, but every time I visit DailyMotion, the website redirects me to the Taiwan version (even if I choose to use US version afterwards).

Second, the main problem is content. I'm sure there are countless videos being uploaded to YouTube every second, do those videos also appear on DailyMotion? I tried to use DailyMotion for a few times, but I frequently (1) cannot find relevant videos or (2) got a lot of advertisement videos in search results.

IMO what make web sites like YouTube or DailyMotion valuable most is the content available on the platform.

alxtsg said,
First, I think DailyMotion need to check the region settings issue. I live in Hong Kong, but every time I visit DailyMotion, the website redirects me to the Taiwan version (even if I choose to use US version afterwards).

Second, the main problem is content. I'm sure there are countless videos being uploaded to YouTube every second, do those videos also appear on DailyMotion? I tried to use DailyMotion for a few times, but I frequently (1) cannot find relevant videos or (2) got a lot of advertisement videos in search results.

IMO what make web sites like YouTube or DailyMotion valuable most is the content available on the platform.

how do you solve the problem.. to get people to make videos they need to make money.. to make money they need advertisers.. to get advertisers they need viewers.. for viewers there needs to be good videos..

Its a crap shoot unless to got tons of cash to throw at it until you get enough videos to be self-sustaining.

Please NO.
DailyMotion is probably the worst video streaming service at its kind. From the quality of their services to their UX.

I rather see Microsoft getting closer or purchasing Vimeo. Then we are talking.

anothercookie said,
I love vimeo quality but MS would probably try to kill it with silverlight or some other terrible idea.

Much better idea though... Vimeo is my number two I guess.

anothercookie said,
I love vimeo quality but MS would probably try to kill it with silverlight or some other terrible idea.
Netflix and the Dutch missed episode online (uitzending gemist) use Silverlight. And I prefer it over flash players. Lower in resource usage for same quality. And it supports the same features.

I wish someone would, Youtube has gotten absolutely terrible. If nothing else maybe the competition will make Google think twice about all the crap they've done lately and start making improvements.

That will be an interesting partnership - however I don't see this taking off (much like Bing). I'm all for competition, but let's face it, Youtube is pretty dominant. If only Microsoft and Google worked together...

tsupersonic said,
That will be an interesting partnership - however I don't see this taking off (much like Bing). I'm all for competition, but let's face it, Youtube is pretty dominant. If only Microsoft and Google worked together...

Google would never work with MS, they want it all. In that sense they act like MS did in the 90's. Give it a decade, they'll turn around when the next Google arrivés.

pratnala said,
No, just no

I just visited DailyMotion to check it out, and boy, adult content is left right and center! Haha! That's just too hopeless!

I had no idea Orange owned Dailymotion, to be successful I think they should wait for a YouTube update and then add what was removed

Isn't Orange now EE? MS already have a cloud video service on the Xbox One called Upload, they could expand on this.

neonspark said,
youtube sucks so much lately they may have a chance. google basically ruined it by trying to be facebook.

I really can't stand the fact that now when people share a video on their g+ the whole conversation appears in comments.

neonspark said,
youtube sucks so much lately they may have a chance. google basically ruined it by trying to be facebook.
Screw the facebook part. Video playback has been horrible lately.

neonspark said,
youtube sucks so much lately they may have a chance. google basically ruined it by trying to be facebook.

Could not agree more. Youtube keeps getting worse and worse with every update. They changed the way you view your followers on subscriptions now its harder to watch on touch devices.

The whole interface is awful and they keep recommending videos I have zero interest to watch. The quicker a competitor comes the better imo...

MrHumpty said,
Screw the facebook part. Video playback has been horrible lately.

THIS. I hate having to refresh just to play the video, or simply because I changed it to HD and now it won't load...

Yes, I'm also experiencing playback issues.

Videos in playlists sometimes fail to start, and require an F5 refresh. If they do start first time, there are A/V sync issues for the first few seconds. Switching playback resolution is also very temperamental.

I thought it was related to my old (underpowered) home laptop, however I never experienced the above issues prior to the recent update.

DonC said,
And Youtube can stop showing adverts when you go in and out of fullscreen.
I believe Google would call that a feature not a bug