The Screen Actor's Guild announced that they are starting a casting service for auditioning actors that allows for the uploading of video. The service, "iActor", will allow "all active, paid-up Guild members to upload their headshots, resumes, video clips and audio clips to create individual iActor profiles that will be searchable by casting professionals. Launching to the industry in spring, iActor will allow casting professionals to search the database in order to cast SAG members."
Unlike other verticals in the video uploading craze, this actually seems to be a sound idea. A system where people may audition for certain roles without having to show up at a certain time and place would benefit casting directors by at least filtering out the best of the initial applicants. Of course an actor must prove themselves in person, but if you consider how much time and energy goes into screening the first hundred applicants or more, than the benefits are huge.
Another use for this same idea would be for Reality-Tv shows that still ask their applicants to fill out forms and send in a 5 minute tape of yourself. The massive amounts of letters and tapes they receive could easily be done away with by a video uploading service that allows applicants to submit their audition video through the Internet.