Tuesday, May 30, 2023

BitView's QnA Discord Answers

Hello BitViewers! As promised, heres an QnA answers (from Discord server and AMA video):

Q: Are there any database backups from late 2018 - 2019/2020?
A: No, we don't have them due to the kolyma buyout.

Q: Why was BitView sold? Why was it sold to kuz??
A: I cannot answer that question. I had no control over it, so it's difficult to answer.

Q: How much longer do you guys plan on running BitView?
A: It depends on the ad revenue. We don't want to add anti-adblock to the site, so it all depends on whether the site will continue to operate or not. Herotrap is doing a great job as one of the developers, and I think as long as he's here, nothing will change.

Q: Where is Jan?
A: He's taking care of his own matters, but he oversees the server and helps us code the site from time to time.

Q1: How difficult would you say it was for you to get BitView up and running, and where do you intend to take it in the future?
Q2: Where do you see BitView in a few years?
A: Regarding the first part of the question: remember that I wasn't the owner of the site. Jan has been the owner of the site from the beginning, and he has been guiding everything on the site - and continues to do so - helping us maintain the servers. I hope that in the future, BitView will have more active users than it does now, and we will be able to surpass our "older brother" VidLii.

Q: Would you say the platform has evolved - even partially - beyond the "old internet," or do you still remain faithful to the "old YouTube revival" aspect at the core of BV?
A: It's difficult to answer that question. Some things are "beyond the old internet," while others fully embrace the functioning and appearance of old YouTube. Of course, we strive to maintain at least a 1:1 functioning of the website, but unfortunately, it's not as easy as it may seem. We mainly rely on memories, old archives (Web Archive, videos from that era, or photos), and it's challenging to replicate everything exactly as it was.

Q: I know you like OSU!, but have you thought about playing any Clone Hero? If you do, what are your favorite tracks to play on there? Also, what if the next project could be a SoundCloud revival?
A: Haha, unfortunately, I don't have a guitar for Clone Hero. I played the original GH on my uncle's PlayStation console, but I don't remember much because it was about 14 years ago. As for your idea, I have no idea. Such a service (it seems to me) would be more challenging to handle than BitView. We'll see what the future holds.

Q: Despite being infamously known, why has BMF been a mod on BitView for long periods of time? (Excluding the Kolyma period, of course, those were his best times as BV staff.) Jan's petition?
A: Honestly? He was just good (in the beginning). To be honest, I was also afraid to remove him from the moderator position - you never know how capable BMF can be. I was simply afraid, and that's why he was a moderator for such a long time.

Q: How did Jan find you to develop BitView? (You did excellent, by the way!)
A: Actually, with the help of one of my friends, I got this job. As you know, I asked for access to the code as early as 2018(!), unfortunately without success. Jan didn't believe in my coding abilities - and he was right. I was also very young and foolish at that time, my English was at its worst, and it was difficult to be friends with me. But after a few years, he saw something in me, and that's how I became a developer. Thanks for the kind words :)

Q: Will there ever be merch?
A: I don't think so.

Q: What was Kolyma's BitView like?
A: It was filled with gore and various explicit content - more than what it is now.

Q: I have a question, can you send me the 2006 BitView code? Answer with a yes or no. (Evie question)
A: You know that I can't, dude :P I wasn't a developer back when the 2006 BitView existed.

Q: Once we finish evolving, are we planning on adding a theme switcher, or is the site just done?
A: Probably... it all depends on whether we will have the motivation and if we reach that point.

Q: What's the most abundant type of video on BitView?
A: If you're asking for my personal opinion, documentaries about our community (e.g., Iceberg about BitView in Spanish or Herotrap's videos explaining why SubRocks sucks) are very interesting content, and I would like to see more of them - mainly because I want to see how other people perceived the things that were happening in our community back then.

Q: Where is OldTube??
A: Nowhere to be seen.

Q: what made you want a anime character for your profile picture
A: She looks cool. Right now I have Rapi from NIKKE and I really like her, she's so cool. Much recommend.

Okay, so that would be it for our QnA session. I hope I've answered any questions you may have. See you
in future posts!

Keep expressing yourself,
<3 vistafan12

Saturday, May 13, 2023

BitView Checklog: 13 May 2023

Hello BitViewers! Welcome to the first Checklog post.

I am thrilled to announce a series of new features and improvements we have introduced to our platform. Thanks to the amazing work of RottingSunkist, we have refreshed the play button design, which should enhance users' video-watching experience.

Additionally, we have introduced a new feature called "Channel Honors", which is available to channels with over 75 subscribers. We believe this feature will encourage users to actively build their channels and create engaging content.

We have also redesigned the playlist feature to provide users with even better experiences. Furthermore, we have improved the channel embedding functionality and fixed issues with the search feature on the channels page.

Moreover, users can now sort videos on the video page using time filters, making it easier to find the latest videos. To improve users' control over their channels, we have decided to hide banned subscribers or subscriptions from their profile.

For users accessing our platform on mobile devices, I am pleased to inform you that we are working on a mobile version of our site. This feature will allow users to browse and watch videos more easily on-the-go. There will be a blog post in the next few weeks describing progress on the mobile version. For now, stay turned!

We are very excited about these changes and improvements as they will enhance the user experience on our platform. Therefore, we encourage you to visit our site and see these new features for yourself!

Keep expressing yourself,
<3 vistafan12 and The BitView Team

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Updates for Users and Partners

Hello everyone! Hope you're having a great day. Today, BitView introduce some new features, which include:

Partner updates

  • Side images are here! Upgrade your branding with images that contain links to your website.

  • You can now set a link to click in your channel banner

Watch page updates

  • You can now watch Honors in every video's "Statistics & Data" section.

  • @mentions and timestamps are now links that get you to a channel page or to a certain point of a video, respectively.

Minor changes

  • Channel opacity has been restored.

  • Your homepage title now uses your display name.

  • Updated default profile picture.

Monday, May 1, 2023

April 2023's contest winners!

FIRST PLACE: Shark plays Windows 7 Games

SECOND PLACE: My new Xbox 360 (game console review)

THIRD PLACE: Bitview Game Review: Minesweeper!

I hope we can have just as many amazing submission this month too!

Monday, May 1, 2023

Partners are here!

Today we launched partnerships, a program to boost your branding with BitView. If you want to do more with BitView and meet the requirements you can apply to the partnership program.


- Custom banner for your channel and watch page

- Custom box for your channel

- More to come in the future!

How do I apply?

It's as easy as entering the partnership page and pressing apply. A moderator will review the application and accept or deny the application.

Which criteria do I have to meet?

To qualify for the BitView Partner program, you must meet some minimum criteria:

- You create original videos suitable for online streaming.
- You have >75 subscribers.
- Your account does not break any Community Guidelines.

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Late 2009 - Early 2010 Update

We know this update has already its time, but we want to show you what you can do now on BitView.

Updated Homepage

Streamlined homepage. Get more done in less space, in a modern fashion.

Updated Videos and Channels page

We refreshed the Videos and Channels page.

Updated Groups

2006 called. It wants its groups page back. We finally got rid of that dusty, old groups UI and replaced it with a more simple and efficient one. You can now also delete groups and leave them.

Updated Watch Page

You can now watch your favorite videos in Theater Mode or watch it on another window.

You can also manage your video now via the watch page.

Updated Channels

Do you like customization? Now you can add featured channels, give it a title, and choose some of the world's most iconic fonts such as "Arial", "Verdana" or "Times New Roman". Channel backgrounds have been upgraded in quality and descriptions allow for more content, so you have more space to describe yourself.

Updated Account pages

Now you can manage your videos more efficiently with the new Account pages, which include: Account, Favorites, Playlists, Subscriptions, My Videos, Viewing History...

Updated Header

You can now access everything you need on a click with the new header.

Updated Blog Page

I guess you have realized by now, as you are reading a blog post here...

Updated Search

You can now search channels if there are no videos found. It has moreover been added a fresh layer of paint to its UI.

We hope you like these updates. There are more to come in the future, so stay tuned on our Twitter or join our Discord.

Sunday, April 23, 2023

Heads Up: This website is no longer associated with VidLii

People and videos that break the rules (or more importantly the law) will be getting removed. Bitview hasn't been associated with Vidlii or Kolyama since February.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

New owners - again!

Hey BitView users! You may get deja vu from hearing this, But new owners have aquired BitView! Although you wont notice the changes immediately, BitView's quality will slowly begin increasing.

-- hwd and sks2002

Thursday, July 1, 2021

June 2021 Contest Winners

The month has ended, and so the contest. And we have the winners!

1st Place: Bitview castle in minecraft From Pews

2nd Place: BitView in Minecraft! from chaosweegee217

3rd Place: Minecraft Cake from retrogames6425

Thanks for participating! There were 36 entries added to this contest!

Friday, June 18, 2021

What should I upload on BitView?

Hello there BitViewers. We’ve recently seen people making videos on what they want but we’ve noticed some people posting comments saying “it’s not made in the style of 2008” and we do not agree with them statements. We don’t mind what kind of videos you upload on the site (apart from videos which break the rules like Pornography, gore, hate speech or copyrighted videos). We want this platform to be welcoming to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you make original content, make videos in a style of a particular year or even making a video in your own language. You know that the BitView team and the community will welcome you to this site and the community as a whole.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

10,000 USERS

Hello there BitViewers, we’re here to say thank you for helping BitView to become what it is. We’ve hit over 10K users on the site!!! Which is equal to the population of these British towns, Crofty and Scorton!!!

Here’s all of the stats from the website as of the 3rd of June 2021.
Site Stats
Total Views:803,048
Total Comments:31,958
Total Favorites:19,776
Total Ratings:65,029
Total Friends:12,954
Total Subs:22,431
Total Bulletins: 4,061

Here’s to another 10k!

~Team BitView

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

November 2020 Contest Winners

The month has ended, and so the contest. And we have the winners!

1st Place: Snowmans in the winter from PASTE

2nd Place: Snow (Artsy Video) from CazOSX

3rd Place: Winter Does Not Exist from NoMax

Thanks for participating! There were more than 30 entries!

Sunday, September 20, 2020

New BitView layout is finally here!

Yup, you have been waiting forever for a new update I know. But you finally got an update after around 2 years of waiting.

New BitView layout

Thank you for being with us! We hope you like the new layout!

- BitView Staff

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Happy new (late) year!

Happy New Year!!

I hope this year will be twice as good as the previous one - I wish you a lot of success and joy (and updates) this new year.


Sunday, December 2, 2018

"It was a very good year"

The year has passed since the foundation of the BitView website. This is a great opportunity to celebrate this anniversary with various statistics.

(as of December 2, 2018)
Users: 2,371
When we chose 1 thousand, I was terribly happy. Thanks to you, it happened in half a year. Now there are 2 thousand of us. Thank you very much!
Videos: 6.221
Total Views: 223,938
Total Comments: 7.365
Total Favorites: 4,572
Total Ratings: 11,822
Total Friends: 5.040
Total Subs: 3.417
Total Bulletins: 1,440
Big Updates: 3

And we wanted to finish this post with a video prepared by my good buddy, @BMF:


I apologize to you for not showing you a new layout, but we have not had time. However, thank you for everything.

I (as vistafan12) would like to inform you that I am applying for the position of a site developer. Wish me luck!

- BV Team

Thursday, June 28, 2018

A long update-log

we've added a lot of things to BV. Here is the whole list!


- Added channel customization
- You can set video search query options now


- Fixed a lot of bugs
- Made some new bugs
- New header
- Header displays unseen messages now
- Added groups
- Changed design of the page in some places
- Site is a bit wider now
- Profile changes
- Customization affects every profile page now
- Links color customization
- Order channels by "last login", "most subs" and "most videos"
- Playlist descriptions and tags
- New contest
- Searching for playlists and groups
- Time limit is 1 hour now and video quality was slightly improved too
- New My Videos/My Favorites page
- Choose your avatar
- https://www.bitview.net/ works now
- We recommend using it but since it would break old browsers, We won't force it.


- Added analytics (views per day)
- Custom CSS on groups

Join to our Discord server:

Or follow us on Twitter:

Thanks you for using BitView!

Monday, April 30, 2018

BitView Revolution

In Dec 05, 2017,
we had a 99 users,
90 videos,
173 comments and
92 favorites.

In Mar 10, 2018,
we had a 315 users,
476 videos,
551 comments and
385 favorites.

Right now,
In Apr 30, 2018
we have 920 users,
1,622 videos,
2,020 comments and
1,304 favorites.
And this number is still growing. It's thanks to you that the whole team is happy to have such a community.
Thanks to this opportunity, we've added some great things you can already use, such as Subscriptions, Channel 1.0 (ala 0.9) or new video quality soon.

I'm happy that I can manage a community like this.

Thanks you for make me happy. Also thanks to Jan, Animacreep, kazan and the rest of users who helps BV reach the perfect state.


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Quick Update #2

Hello everyone!
We're proud to announce that BitView now has a VK account!
This account will be similar to the Twitter one. We will post some BitView updates to keep you guys up to date.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Quick Update

Hey folks,
quick update - I would like to introduce you to the new moderator @Animacreep!
I hope you will have fun with our community!

PS: In a few weeks, we maybe publish Channel 1.0.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

What's with us?

Hey folks,
Today, just a bit about statistics and big changes on BitView.
First, let's start with the statistics.


- 315 Users
- 476 Videos
- 41,079 Total Views
- 551 Total Comments
- 385 Total Favorites

I am very happy to see what you are doing for BitView. Remember, it's your portal, you decide about it, we just watch if sometimes no bot has spammed server :P

Big Changes

The entire administration (only me and Jan in total) are working on a new version of BitView, which will be released in a few weeks. I can not tell you when exactly the new version will appear, I hope it's the soonest. Here are some screenshots:

After publishing it will look different

Thank you for being with us, see you in the next post!

PS: Follow our Twitter: https://twitter.com/BitView_

Saturday, January 27, 2018

I have no friends & what about you?

Another day, another BitView update.
A bunch of stuff got added and changed in the last few days, let me tell you a bit about the bigger changes:

Friends & Private Videos
Instead of having a big unorganized and often not even authorized list of users that can view your private videos, you can now invite others to be your friend on their channel. Those that accept the invitations will now be able to view your videos.

Deleting Comments
You're now able to delete the comments under videos that you own.

Videos List
http://www.bitview.net/sharing.php has an example on how you can display your BitView videos on your website.

Thank you for your support and the next few months are going to be exciting I'm sure.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Another Update?

Yes, nothing particularly groundbreaking but some bug fixes and speed improvements.
Private, deleted or videos without a thumbnail will also have a special thumbnail now instead of just showing up as an error.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Look

BitView got a little visual upgrade and some bug fixes.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Update Time

It's time for the first BitView Update.
Even though the update isn't big, it has some useful stuff which I hope you'll enjoy.

- PAGES. You can now see more videos and messages instead of just a maximum of 16.
- VIDEO MESSAGES. If the video is still converting, it says so instead of just being broken.
- RSS FEED. Get notified when new videos are being uploaded to BitView.
- BUG FIXES. Some bugs have been fixed

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2 days stats

Here is some stats from 03/12/2017 to 05/12/2017.
Users: 99
Videos: 90
Total Views: 2,303
Total Comments: 173
Total Favorites: 92

Thank you for using BitView.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

What is this?

Just something I did for fun and to test a few things out.