Dailymotion Opens Up its API

Paris-based video-sharing site operator, Dailymotion, has announced the opening up of its API to the public. According to the company, developers will eventually be able to access all Dailymotion core functions (upload, playlists, channels, etc.) through the API, and will be able to integrate Dailymotion modules into any site or application (iPhone, iPad, Android, Bada, Windows Phone 7, etc.). It says that the Dailymotion API has been specially designed to be as easy to use as possible--in particular, the company claims, thanks to the development kits (SDK) it provides, a developer can create apps ranging from video-uploading apps to channel-specific apps, or interactive apps that make use of Dailymotion video content and sharing capabilities. The full range of Dailymotion functions will be integrated into the API "as they go along," the company says.

According to Dailymotion, the SDK's for its API will initially be available in the JavaScript, PHP and Objective C (iPhone, iPad and Mac) languages; support for ActionScript (Flash) and Python is also under development, the company says, and support for other languages will follow depending on demand. The company says that the API uses the Oauth 2.0 standard protocol as an authentication and permission system "to give the site/third-party application the option to interact with Dailymotion on behalf of its common users." Documentation for the Dailymotion API is available at http://www.dailymotion.com/doc/api.