Metacafe is making a play at Youtube

They are now paying for top videos, according to this post at the Business 2.0 blog.

He wants to spur a movement beyond simple user-generated content to user-licensed content, and claims that Metacafe has a better way of filtering the best content to the homepage than YouTube does. (Each video is vetted by a few hundred people from an army of 100,000 volunteers, and then is subject to a video-ranking system which looks at more than just self-perpetuating initial views). Czerniak says he is getting about 20 million visitors a month, and 500 million pageviews.

Check out the video interview over at Business 2.0

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