As far as I’m concerned, there are two kinds of people in the world: those who like Monty Python, and those who don’t. For those who do, Monty Python has created their own YouTube channel, apparently designed to provide high quality clips from their oeuvre.
Of course, it’s all about getting you to buy their DVDs, but then Monty Python has never made it a secret that they’re all about making money. Just consider some of their album titles: Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album, Monty Python The Final Ripoff, and Monty Python’s Instant Record Collection.
I’ve watched old Monty Python clips on YouTube before, and found it unfortunate that many of the available clips have such poor quality. For the time being, most of the clips on their channel are from their movies, but hopefully they’ll add more of their TV show clips as well.
What YouTube provides us with is a way to share our favorite videos with our friends on-line. If I were trying to explain to someone who’s never heard of Monty Python what they’re all about, it’s very easy to email a link to a video clip, or provide an url while instant messaging. This makes viral marketing effortless. It’s nice to see that the Monty Python chaps “get” this, and have joined the 21st century.