Web video is pretty much ubiquitous. With Youtube leading a slew of imitators, the internet in it’s present incarnation as web 2.0 has embraced video like never before. Millions of videos are churning on the inter web. It’s all out there online, from dogs doing tricks to cooking lessons. Whatever you can conceive of you can find on a video portal near you. Thousands of videos are uploaded everyday. This has led to incredible strains on the storage capacity of the internet. The costs involved in maintaining that kind of storage can no longer be ignored. Sooner or later there will have to be a compromise. Either people pay to upload whatever content they want or be restricted to a monthly or daily quota. The video companies will have to decide. I fear a backlash. We all want the net to be free but there’s nothing as a free lunch forever. A third solution could be the creation of a whole new type of video format. The video files would be encoded to a fraction of their original size while preserving their former quality. Maybe there are software engineers who are already working on that problem. The tech future will tell us. What do you think?