French video sharing site, Dailymotion, has released their iPhone apps as planned. There are two flavors: a free but ad-supported [iTunes] version, as well as a premium [iTunes] version that will cost you $5.99.
Both versions will allow users to search videos, browse channels, as well as see the featured or popular videos on the Dailymotion site. And those that are lucky enough to have the 3GS can even record and upload their own videos from within the app.
These apps are DailyMotion's answer to what seems to be preferential treatment from Apple for YouTube, according to the CTO of Dailymotion, Olivier Poitrey, who said this back in October. Poitrey notes, as reported by iPodnn, that Mobile Safari has a special plug-in for YouTube videos, which allows easy playback of videos from that site, while other sites have to put in extra effort to get their videos to work on the iPhone.
This dedicated app is their workaround for the YouTube problem, but it seems that YouTube will still have the advantage when outside of Dailymotion's European domain.