Online Video

In a move that could potentially change the way Netflix operates, shareholders voted to change the way the company's board is structured, according to paidContent. In a landslide vote of 26 million to 9 million, shareholders decided they wanted to repeal the company's classified board, meaning they no longer wanted board members to serve staggered terms and instead wanting all board members to go up for a vote at the same time.

Posted Jun 06, 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.

Posted Jun 06, 2012

Netflix has overtaken Apple as the largest supplier of movies online, according to paidContent. After jumping into the business of online video distribution in 2010, numbers show that Netflix now has 44% of the market share of revenue from online movies, as compared to Apple's 32.2%.

Posted Jun 04, 2012

The number of movies and television shows available on Amazon's Prime Instant Video got a little bit bigger with the announcement a licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures. The agreement will bring hundreds of movie titles to Prime Video over the next three years.

Posted May 23, 2012

Social video chat provider ooVoo has announced several new features to the service. The biggest is a new video chat app that works in conjunction with Facebook allowing up to 12 friends to chat at the same time. The feature can be used on a home computer or mobile devices.

Posted May 23, 2012

Limelight has announced a number of upgrades to the Limelight Video Platform and Limelight Dynamic Site Platform. The most recent enhancement gives users the ability to publish videos across multiple online and mobile sites and manage video channels from within the Limelight Dynamic Site Platform interface. The company says by managing web and video assets from one dashboard, it will speed up internal process and increase publishing frequency.

Posted May 22, 2012

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.

Posted May 14, 2012

The brave folks at the Pew Research Center's Internet & America Life Project interviewed 799 teens to get a better understanding of how the kids interact with online video. From April 19- July 14, 2011 the teens were asked about their online behavior, and Pew put the results together in a report published on its website.

Posted May 04, 2012

Looking to expand its reach into the realm of video content, Amazon has announced that it will be developing original content for a new comedy series as well as a children's series. Amazon is looking to its audience for the material by asking them to submit ideas and proposals to its website. The winning proposals would be distributed through Amazon's digital video streaming service.

Posted May 03, 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?

Posted Apr 23, 2012

vzaar Ltd., a video hosting service for businesses, unveiled a new feature to facilitate the creation of branded video player pages for ecommerce and online businesses. Users can customize the portfolio page as well as the video player itself.

Posted Apr 10, 2012

The Associated Press (AP) and live video broadcasting service Bambuser AB penned an agreement that allows Bambuser users to share newsworthy video via the AP. The AP will be able to access and use Bambuser content that it vets, verifies and considers newsworthy.

Posted Apr 05, 2012

Slashdot launched its first dedicated B2B technology video channel, SlashdotTV. SlashdotTV offers access to an expanding index of video content to Slashdot's community of IT decision makers and influencers. SlashdotTV also offers a sponsored video channel.

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Joining its recent launches over Roku and Boxee, iFood.tv plans to launch apps for Google- and Yahoo!-connected TV platforms. The site, known for its online instructional cooking videos, will curate its video portfolio and creating its own channels of content.

Posted Mar 27, 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?

Posted Feb 21, 2012

Everyone knows there is money to be made in online and platform-based video, but finding ways to profit from your favorite streaming clips, shows, and games is not enough. In November Bain & Co., one of the world's largest business consulting firms, surveyed more than 3,000 consumers in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. regarding online video, revealing some interesting findings.

Posted Feb 15, 2012

Source Interlink Media (SIM), LLC launched a Motor Trend channel on YouTube to provide viewers with original automotive content. The Motor Trend Channel is part of about 100 original-content channels that YouTube will roll out over the course of this year.

Posted Feb 09, 2012

The Super Bowl is annually TV's biggest event. Last year, it drew 111 million viewers, making it the most-watched television program in history.This year, you don't even need a TV to see it.On Sunday, for the first time ever, the Super Bowl will be available to stream live. The game will be available live, on NFL.com and NBCsports.com.

Posted Feb 03, 2012

Following its homepage redesign in December, YouTube's Browse, Video Editor, and Video Manager pages are being nipped and tucked to bring them in line with the rebranding that Google has pushed out to many of its sites and products.

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Though best known for its rigorous educational material intended for college bound kids, William H. Sadlier decided that in early 2011, it wanted to expand its repertoire, and target struggling middle school students and English language learners as well. Working with educational experts, Sadlier settled on creating a vocabulary program that used audio and video to not only engage students, but provide an alternative teaching strategy for educators.

Posted Jan 20, 2012

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.

Posted Jan 20, 2012

TrafficLand has launched a direct sales program and increased its network of authorized dealers: Real-time traffic video content is now available directly through TrafficLand or through its authorized distributors: BeatTheTraffic, Radiate Media, and Total Traffic Network.

Posted Jan 04, 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.

Posted Dec 27, 2011

On Wednesday morning, HBO co-president Eric Kessler told a group of industry wonks that despite the success of digital offerings like HBO GO, it plans to remain true to its cable roots.

Posted Dec 02, 2011

After examining 3Q trends, Stefan Anninger, an analyst for Credit Suisse Group AG, projects the pay TV industry to lose 200,000 subscribers next year. While he said his prediction is "overweight," Anninger had previously forecast an industry gain of 250,000 subscribers.

Posted Nov 29, 2011

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