You know how you always get sent great YouTube clips while you’re busy working? Or you see a Tweet to something you’d love to watch later, but don’t have the time right now? It happens every day. Yet, when you’re tired and just want to veg out watching something fun, where are those videos then?
Even if you’ve got a great system in place to find these videos when you’re ready to watch them, Radbox will make it even easier. With loads of neat ways to add videos to Radbox, by the time you settle in for some entertainment you’ll have plenty of things lined up. Then you can just sit back and relax. Ideal, huh?
Why Use Radbox?
When you’re winding down at the end of a long day, are you usually so keen to watch online videos that you’ll scour your email, RSS feed, tabs and bookmarks to find the ones you heard about during the day? Not likely. More often than not, these video links just get forgotten about.
Radbox lets you add video links while you’re still awake and energetic, then does all the work for you when you’re lethargic and want to be entertained. What could be easier? Radbox uses the embed.ly service, which makes it possible for you to bookmark and watch video from over 70 different video services.
Sign up in no time at all, either using email and password or using a Facebook Connect login.
Adding Videos To Radbox
Videos can be added to Radbox by many easy methods. First, you get a secret email address so you can forward videos you’re sent straight to Radbox (you could even set up a filter to do it for you). Second, grab the bookmarklet and add it to your browser.
If you’re a Google Reader user, you might like to set this up:
- Go to Google Reader settings and choose the “Send To” option.
- Create and save a custom link with these details.
Icon URL: http://radbox.me/init/static/favicon.ico
Now you can easily click on “Send to” and you get a Radbox link.
Radbox have also got an open API, so keep an eye out for new tools and browser extensions adding Radbox functionality.
Watching Videos Using Radbox
When it comes to watching Radbox videos, your home screen will show you all the videos in your list so you can easily watch them. Since the video is embedded, you can do things you would normally be able to do using that site, such as favouriting on YouTube or Vimeo. Plus, you can archive the collection from within Radbox as well.
Sharing With Friends
Through Facebook, Twitter and other social media, your Radbox videos can be shared with your friends while you watch them.
How Does It Compare?
Some similar tools out there include:
- YouTube LeanBack – compiles a list of videos for you based on previous things you’ve enjoyed.
- Miro – lets you add channels and feeds, later watching whichever channel you’re in the mood for.
- Wacchen – an incredibly similar tool which could prove to be competition.
Overall, I think Radbox is onto something by letting you add to your viewing list yourself. People who can’t be bothered adding to the list during the day may find that Miro, YouTube Leanback or Boxee would be better suited to them. However, people who find it no hassle at all to bookmark or forward links to Radbox will love using Radbox and ultimately have a great experience with using it.
The one thing I really wanted to see in Radbox was a sort of “lean back” option: essentially, to be able to click once and sit back to watch all of your video in a long stream. Sadly, you still have to click on the next video in the list yourself. But maybe I’m just being really lazy for wanting that!
If you’ve started using Radbox, let us know what you think about it in the comments!