The Orange Splat is an unofficial nickelodeon nostalgia video site, with full length Nick videos and shows many of which seems to be in streaming DivX. The Orange Splat is meant for people to relive cartoons on Nickelodeon during the 1990s, considered the golden time of Nicktoons. The about me page makes a claim that the author going by the name Steve G. just wants ViaCom, the company behind Nickelodeon, to offer up the shows on DVD for all seasons or to start airings the cartoons back on the network in place of shows like Spongebob. I'm not actually sure that threatening a company like Viacom with piracy of its shows is really going to get the desired response but it's worth a try I guess.

The thing that is a bit deceiving about Orange Splat is the author claims that he has no intention of putting ads on the site or trying to make money off of it, but in the contrast the site contains banner ads.
I Also am not using this site to make money off of these Copyrighted works.
Right now there's about 9 cartoon shows each with about 4 seasons worth of episodes. Of the shows listed on the site, there are only 3 that I could recognize and 1 that was vaguely familiar. The page is fairly simple and somewhat ugly, but that actually works for it as it makes navigating the site easier and less cumbersome. Fortunately the ads are limited solely to the main page alone, meaning you won't be harassed by advertising on the video pages - at least for now.

The Overall Ratings for The Orange Splat:
Show Diversity: (2/5)
Based on the mixture of television shows available on the site.
Loading Speed: (4/5)
The time taken to navigate the site and load videos.
Ease of Navigation: (3/5)
How easy is it to use and navigate.
Advertisements: (3/5) (+1 for ads, +2 for decieving)
Based on the annoyance level of advertisements on this site, the amount of ads, and the volatility of ads appearing on the page.
The lower the rating, the less annoying the ads are.

Total Score: 12/20

The Orange Splat fills a void not properly filled by video sites, the main problems with the site are ones of cosmetics, variety and legitimacy. Obviously the site operates in a grey area, but the legitimacy of claims of wanting to just allow people to relive watching old Nickelodean cartoons is alarming considering that the make the claim "against putting up ads to monetize the copyrighted works", but then proceed to do it anyways. Asides from that, the comestic concerns are easily ignorable as so long as the videos work - and they do appear to work from what we tested. The variety is the biggest problem, there really isn't a good deal of shows and while it is hard to manage to keep shows up to date with all seasons and all links working - the lmitation of haveing just 9 shows with only 4 seasons each, despite that many of the shows ran longer then 4 seasons is a bit offsetting. Still the Orange Splat is worth visiting for now, as there really are few sites with working nickelodean tv shows, let alone in HD DivX.

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Blogger janks said...

Viacom shut them down recently

June 06, 2009


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