I’m a big podcast fan. Several of my favorites also record video, most notably the Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders and TWiT Network shows (This Week in Tech, This Week in Google, and Tech News Today).
I like to consume these shows in a variety of situations – in the car, in the shower, while I’m cooking, while I’m doing errands, or just when I’m bored and want to watch something interesting. I also use a variety of software and devices – iTunes on my computer, iTunes on my iPod Touch, Stitcher on my Galaxy S II, YouTube or the show’s website for video on my iPad, laptop, or living room computer.
Most importantly, I rarely listen to an entire show at once. I’m constantly switching between medium (video or audio), device (Windows computer, iPod, Android phone, iPad), and connectivity (wifi, 3G, or none). This means that each time I want to pick up where I left off and I don’t remember the timestamp from last time (I usually don’t, sometimes it can be days) I have to either scan the audio until I get to the last spot I remember or find the other device I was using and see where I left off. It only takes a few minutes, but when my average listening/watching session is probably 15 minutes it seems like a waste of time. Plus it’s annoying. It’s the opposite of a frictionless experience.
What I need is cross-platform podcasting software that automatically syncs whenever internet access is available. So when I hop out of my car, my iPod touch syncs over my home wifi and then a day later when I go to watch on my iPad it knows exactly where I left off. All shows are downloaded locally in case there’s no connectivity, but then synced remotely whenever there is connectivity. As far as I know, this doesn’t exist. Essentially, I’m looking for Amazon Whispersync for video podcasts. I would happily pay for that.