Wowza Media Systems LLC, the "Any Screen Done Right" media server software company, announced the release of Wowza Media Server 3.5. The latest version of the company's software introduces savvy enhancements that allow content developers to have the flexibility and capabilities they need to stream media reliably the way they want - protected, scalable, high-quality, and to any screen.
Posted Nov 13, 2012
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.
Posted Nov 08, 2012
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?
Posted Nov 05, 2012
Mirror Image Internet announced the availability of Publisher, a powerful online video publishing solution. The service is an all-inclusive video solution that combines the video streaming services with video on demand features available today.
Posted Oct 30, 2012
Ebuzzing announced the launch of its new social video dashboard service that has been specifically designed to transform the measurement of video campaigns and provide new metrics for quantifying and qualifying ROI. Ebuzzing uses its technology to measure the reach, impact, tonality, sentiment, and share of voice of a social video campaign providing brands with a picture of the true value of social video campaigns.
Posted Oct 09, 2012
OwnZones, which gathers premium subscription multimedia content tailored to user interests into a convenient ad-free site, has launched beta of the service. OwnZones is now open to anyone and registration is free. Consumers and potential media partners are invited to check out the site and provide valuable feedback that will help shape OwnZones for a full launch.
Posted Oct 04, 2012
RAMP, a next generation search and video experience provider, announced a Series C financing led by New York-based StarVest Partners. As part of the transaction, Deborah Farrington, co-founder and general partner at StarVest will be joining RAMP's board of directors. StarVest is also joined by Hearst Interactive Media and EDBI as new investors in RAMP, along with participation from existing RAMP investors Fairhaven Capital, Accel Partners, General Catalyst Partners, and Comcast Ventures. This round brings the total capital raised to $40 million for the company.
Posted Sep 27, 2012
Kaltura, developer of an open source online video platform, announced the addition of advanced cross-device video delivery functionalities to its complete suite of video applications for media/broadcast companies, enterprises, and top educational institutions.
Posted Sep 06, 2012
The Huffington Post Media Group announced the launch of HuffPost Live, the site's live streaming network. Starting today, anyone with a smartphone, a tablet, or a webcam has the chance to join the conversation happening on HuffPost Live.Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group said in a press release, "The news is no longer about a few people telling everyone else what happened - it's about everyone telling everyone what's happening right now. And now. And now... This shift from presentation to participation is what fuels HuffPost Live."
Posted Aug 13, 2012
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
iPad users will be able to watch a lot more video as Amazon's Instant Video app is now available for the tablet, according to NPR. With this app, users can play all 120,000 titles in Amazon's video library for both rent and purchase. Those subscribed to Amazon Prime will be able to watch over 20,000 videos at no additional charge.
Posted Aug 02, 2012
uSamp announced the company is joining NBCUniversal's "Billion Dollar Olympic Lab" in an effort to study and track consumer behavior during the Olympic Games. uSamp, a company that provides technology and survey respondents used to obtain consumer and business insights, will make available its proprietary on-demand research technologies to track consumers' real-time reactions during the Games.
Posted Jul 26, 2012
Streaming platform company, Roku, announced the company has received $45 million in funding from News Corp, British Sky Broadcasting, and other companies. With these new funds, Roku plans to use the money to build more brand awareness through advertising, develop new international markets, and increase engineering and production.
Posted Jul 26, 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.
Posted Jul 26, 2012
In an effort to increase learning and engagement at higher educational institutions, online video platform company, Kaltura, has released the company's newest version of Cross Campus Media Suite. With this new version, the company says it will be possible faculty and students to share video across courses, within a shared faculty repository, and across applications.
Posted Jul 25, 2012
In an effort to become more digitally diverse, USA Today will begin publishing a daily guide of internet videos and podcasts for its readers. According to paidContent, the feature will be called "TV on the Web" and it will run daily in both online and print versions of the national newspaper, highlighting what editors and reporters feel is noteworthy.
Posted Jul 19, 2012
The pioneer of cable talk shows, Larry King, will be returning to the screen with a new talk show to air on Hulu and Hulu+. According to paidContent, King will host a half-hour interview show called "Larry King Now" and his first guest will be Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. New episodes will run Monday thru Thursday and air during the early evening on the East Coast.
Posted Jul 17, 2012
MobiTV has withdrawn its request for an initial public offering, according to GigaOM. The company, which makes apps that allow users to watch live TV on smart phones, was hoping to raise up to $75 million with its IPO. The company sent the SEC a letter asking the bid be withdrawn based on what the company referred to as "unfavorable market conditions."
Posted Jul 16, 2012
New research coming out of the UK shows that while online video consumption is up, the revenue it generates does not match up by a comparable level across connected devices. Additionally, this research, conducted by Videoplaza, also found that TV is still the first choice for reaching audiences on a national scale when building brand awareness.
Posted Jul 11, 2012
Linktone announced the acquisition of Okezone.com, Indonesia's third most popular online news and entertainment site. Linktone, a provider of media and entertainment content in Asia, acquired Okezone.com from PT Media Nusantara Citra Tbk, the company's indirect majority shareholder. The company says this acquisition will help expand Linktone's reach across Asia and greatly diversify revenue base.
Posted Jul 05, 2012
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced that in the month of June, users watched more than 1 billion hours of video online. Hastings made this announcement in a Facebook posting and proposed that when Arrested Development and House of Cards maker Netflix exclusive debuts, the number of viewing hours will be even greater.
Posted Jul 05, 2012
Developer Yuna Software, the developer behind Skype's Messenger Plus, announced a new version of Messenger Plus, which will give users the ability to stream movies and overlay images in video conversations. Skype says users will be able to stream YouTube videos, change the look of Messenger Plus with new skins, and be treated with a smoother overall functionality.
Posted Jun 25, 2012
Critical Mention, a provider of media intelligence, announced the debut of AllMedia, a platform designed to allow clients to collect and curate user-generated video content as well as provide analytics for that content. This new platform will include millions of online information sources as well as cloud-based tools for users.
Posted Jun 25, 2012
EBSCO Publishing announced the release of the Leadership & Management Video Collection, which the company says is designed to address key learning objectives of leaders and managers. With this collection of videos, EBSCO believes it will provide current and future leaders and managers with a large online database of videos covering topics such as ethics, employee engagement, coaching, communication skills, and leadership.
Posted Jun 20, 2012
Online video marketing company Alloy Digital announced the acquisition of Clevver Media. Clevver Media is one of YouTube's largest content providers and says it has more subscribers than any other channel on the video site. This is the latest acquisition for Alloy which acquired a number of other media and talent companies over the past year.
Posted Jun 19, 2012