Chill.com will shut down its service on December 15, disappointing cord-cutters everywhere. Originally a social discovery service for video, Chill eventually started selling DRM-free video content, including original programming. That move didn't pay off.
Posted Nov 26, 2013
Katie Couric has come a long way since her days on The Today Show. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced in a blog post that Couric will be the new Global Anchor for Yahoo News.
Posted Nov 26, 2013
Qumu, an enterprise video platform provider, announced the newest version of its Video Control Center platform solution for the enterprise. Updates include user-friendly webcasting, improved mobile browsing and a new player interface.
Posted Nov 26, 2013
Lightt, a mobile video creation and sharing platform for the iPhone and iPad, introduced Lightt 3.0. Selected by the App Store as one of its Best New Apps, Lightt 3.0 allows you to create continuous video timelines, synchronize music, and tap into a rich palette of features and effects in the moment with a touch of your screen or a shake of your phone.
Posted Nov 21, 2013
OverDrive, a supplier of ebooks, audiobooks, music, and video to libraries and schools, announced that the Streaming Video lending service has launched in its first pilot at Los Angeles Public Library. While LAPL is the first to offer the service, OverDrive is preparing to roll it out to their entire network, expanding to additional markets in North America and worldwide.
Posted Nov 21, 2013
Creating a business video has never been easier. Vine and Instagram let business owners become mini-James Camerons by shooting 6-second and 15-second videos with a smartphone. And longer form videos (30 seconds to 60 seconds) need not break the bank, as video creation services such as Animoto.com enable content creators to make unlimited videos for less than the price of an iPad mini, a small fraction of the $5,000 that a professionally produced video would cost. Yet challenges remain for small and medium business owners who want reasonably priced, quality video on their websites. Small and medium businesses (SMBs) are wary of video, afraid that it will cost too much and not turn out the way they expected it to.
There were plenty of lessons to be learned from this year's Streaming Media East conference, held May 21-22, in New York City. Digital content creators of all stripes have plenty to learn from the video-focused crowd at SME, but a few key takeaways stood out above the rest.
By Theresa Cramer
Posted May 22, 2013
It's been an eventful week for streaming video.From the Olympics, to Amazon's new instant video app for iPad it seems like you can't turn around without running into news about the popularity of streaming video. On the Olympics front, according to paidContent, NBC told critics of its coverage that 60% of video streams are online while another 45% are happening on mobile devices. In total, NBC has had 64 million video streams during this Olympics.
Posted Aug 03, 2012
With a global audience, not only of sports enthusiasts but family viewers as well, the Olympic Games are a potential goldmine for advertisers. But the Games starting in London offer greater opportunities than ever before, because these are the first ever to be streamed online in their entirety.
By Tim Buckley Owen
Posted Jul 26, 2012
Big brands in non-media industries (beverage and automobile companies, for instance), as well as smaller companies and even nonprofits - none of which are likely to have either the extensive volume of content or the in-house personnel and expertise to manage that content that the big media companies do - may begin looking for video management and publishing solutions that match more modest needs. thePlatform now offers just such a solution aimed at those potential customers.
By Michael LoPresti
Posted Jun 06, 2012
In August of 1981, a fledgling cable TV channel launched that forever changed music, television, advertising, marketing, and pop culture. The format was pretty simple: play popular videos around the clock that are introduced and commented on by live hosts and fill around the edges with original programming. Now, 32 years after MTV's arrival, the focus is on social, not music videos, and another revolution is underway that may completely redefine how we think about, consume, and interact with live and prerecorded visual content-courtesy of HuffPost Live (HPL).
Consumers are demanding their entertainment on a variety of platforms, and everywhere you look it seems like everything is streaming. But is that sustainable? There is not only the issue of monetization, but there's bandwidth too. Can we all stream our favorite shows and music? And can companies make enough money to keep producing the content?
Virtually all online video platforms (OVPs) offer browser-based single or multiple file upload. More advanced features include the ability to compress before uploading, which is great when upload bandwidth is limited. Other convenience features include uploading from a drop folder, FTP-driven upload, and the ability to write to the OVP's application programming interface for automated upload from your content management system. You may also need a service that accepts mobile uploads.
By Jan Ozer
- May 2012 Issue
Posted May 14, 2012
Just as a keyboard doesn't make someone a journalist, a camera and editing software doesn't make someone a videographer. There is a range of quality represented in the archives of YouTube-nearly 8 years' worth of video from hundreds of millions of users. Those are staggering numbers. What is driving this level of production and, presumably, related consumption of video content?
It's true in any industry: you never know where the next success story is going to come from. That's especially true in the world of digital publishing, where anyone with a passion and a little bit of know-how can start a site or community for like-minded people across the globe. No where was this more evident than in the story of Sean Collins, an icon in the surfing community and founder of Surfline.com.
By Tom Hogan
Posted Jan 20, 2012
Social TV is making headlines as broadcasters endeavor to monetize their audiences whose attention is now spread simultaneously across multiple platforms. It is now common knowledge that most TV viewers, while watching their favorite shows, are actively engaged in social media conversations about the shows. Broadcasters have largely seen this phenomenon as an opportunity to grow the audience of their TV programs and accompanying websites, thereby increasing the value of those properties. However many broadcasters have been seeking ways to harness their social media audiences to create new incremental revenue streams. This may sound futuristic but, in many ways, the emerging business model actually harkens back to the earliest days of broadcast media.
By Sean Gelles
Posted May 09, 2013
My father was a true handyman. From the moment I could hold a hammer I was drafted into service for projects and repairs around the house. Construction and deconstruction are ripe opportunities for fathers to pass along words of wisdom to their sons, and my dad excelled at it. He was always passing along gems like, "A short pencil is better than a long memory," "Take care of your tools and they'll take care of you," and similar solid life lessons. And while I learned many things while hammering nails and digging ditches, the one pearl that has followed me throughout life is, "Measure twice, cut once."
By Jose Castillo
Posted Jan 17, 2013
In 2006 I wrote a blog post on thinkjose.com about a small appliance company in Utah doing something dangerous and in turn creating a viral success selling $400 blenders that could turn a rake into sawdust. Several months later I wrote a feature article for Streaming Media entitled "Giant Web 2.0 Lies" highlighting BlendTec and their runaway video success. BlendTec continues to use the Will It Blend? videos to test their devices' power by blending phones, gaming consoles, cars, and even food over the last six years. With over 120 YouTube videos the company has racked up almost half a million subscribers and over 212 million views on their YouTube.com/Blendtec channel.
By Jose Castillo
Posted Nov 08, 2012
I recently had lunch with a senior-level film producer who is based on one of the major studio lots. He's a guy who has spent his entire career navigating within the studio folds. Despite his young age, he has been very successful at it, having had a hand in some really great movies over the last decade. The purpose of our lunch, however, was for him to lament that nothing innovative ever happens at his studio. His feeling was that the model of film producing today is broken, and his greatest fear is waking up at age 50 and suddenly finding himself irrelevant. Sure, his studio would survive ... but would he?
By Richard Hull
- January/February 2012 Issue
Posted Feb 21, 2012
A few days before the wedding, I found myself sitting with my laptop searching YouTube for makeup tips. In a matter of seconds, I'd found exactly what I was looking for. I discovered a channel called The MakeUpChair With Sineady Cady (she has a really lovely accent, and the videos are worth watching just to hear her). Sineady is a young makeup artist living in Ireland, who uses a blog and her YouTube channel to promote her brand and find new clients. Her email address is posted right there on the channel, so if you're looking for someone to do your makeup for a special day, you can shoot her a message.
By Theresa Cramer
- December 2011 Issue
Posted Dec 27, 2011