Online Video

Brightcove Inc., a provider of cloud content services, announced Brightcove Video Cloud Live, a multi-bitrate live streaming module for the Video Cloud Studio that allows marketers and media companies to deliver high-quality, live video events across desktops, smartphones, tablets, and connected TVs. Within a familiar Video Cloud workflow, customers will be able to manage the entire lifecycle of a live video event, access real-time analytics, monetize live content with advertising, and seamlessly create video on demand assets from live events.

Posted May 14, 2013

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.

Posted May 09, 2013

Pivotshare, a digital media startup, announced an update of its self-service online platform that allows anyone to sell their media directly to their audience. Filmmakers, comedians, speakers, and a host of other media producers may now offer their content on iOS and Android devices. The new platform also offers features such as the ability to buy videos as a download and the capacity for customers to tip or donate as a means of support.

Posted May 01, 2013

It wasn't long ago that pundits were predicting the fall of Netflix as other streaming options rose to prominence, but the company is now beating expectations thanks in part to its original content strategy. On April 22 the company reported its first quarter earnings, and surprised investors by reporting $1 billion in revenue and $.05 earnings per share. While the profits were less than expected, Netflix chalked it up to "extinguishment of debt"--and without that cost it would have beat the original expectations of $0.20 per share.

Posted Apr 23, 2013

Digital Rapids -- a provider of media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences -- is unveiling powerful new models in the company's award-winning StreamZ Live family of live encoders. Building on the multi-format flexibility of the StreamZ Live series, the new additions include the StreamZ Live 4000EX for premium multiscreen applications; the StreamZ Live 6000EX for dedicated broadcast applications; and the StreamZ Live 8000EX for converged broadcast and multiscreen deployments.

Posted Apr 11, 2013

WeVideo.com, introduced its new Android mobile video editing app which offers a cloud-based "iMovie-like" editing experience for Android phone owners who have the Jellybean OS. The app is available as a free download on the Google Play store.

Posted Apr 10, 2013

Engage Mobility, Inc. has announced that it will bring an augmented reality mobile platform to market as early as June 2013. The Company has recently acquired the perpetual license rights to core AR technology and back end MCRM software and will integrate this technology into its proprietary digital video marketing platform and Dynamic Data delivery system to form the Engage Visual Engagement System for business.

Posted Apr 09, 2013

Mirror Image, a Dynamic Delivery Network (DDN) that enables global organizations to deliver content intelligently with customized targeting logic, announced the availability of its new Audio Streaming Solution. The service allows companies to broadcast high quality live audio streams anywhere in the world.

Posted Apr 09, 2013

Rdio, a music streaming, sharing, and discovery site, is previewing its next venture: Vdio, a new way to buy, rent, and share and TV shows with your friends, in real-time. Rdio Unlimited subscribers can get a special preview of Vdio. Read all about it on the Rdio Blog.

Posted Apr 04, 2013

The mobile marketplace continues to grow and with each new model of a smartphone or tablet, more and more people are not only looking for convenience, they are changing the way they digest content. This is not a new trend, but as the technology continues to progress and users become savvier, it is vital for content providers, like publishers, to not only accommodate, but also target these users.

Posted Mar 29, 2013

Amazon Studios, the original movie and series production arm of Amazon.com, announced it will add cult classic Zombieland to the line-up of pilots already in production for Prime Instant Video. Zombieland , which is the seventh comedy pilot added to Amazon's pilot line-up, will be made available for free on Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM UK.

Posted Mar 25, 2013

Wochit Inc. has launched its platform that seeks to provide web publishers with a constant supply of ever-fresh news video. Wochit produces videos practically in real-time, as stories break, combining large scale capabilities with quality results. Publishers gain easy access to these videos, including through partnerships that Wochit has entered with major distributors Grab Media, OneScreen and Rightster.

Posted Feb 20, 2013

Taboola, a NY-based content-distribution and monetization platform, announced that it has completed a $15 Million Series D round of funding. The funding was led by Pitango VC with participation from existing investors Evergreen Venture Partners, WGI Group and Marker.

Posted Feb 19, 2013

As mobile devices proliferated, NBC ND found itself faced with a problem that is familiar to digital publishers across the spectrum. The content management and video delivery solutions those publishers had relied on were not up to the task of delivering and monetizing content across a variety of devices and platforms in a simple, streamlined way. With these new considerations in mind, NBC ND went in search of a new video delivery and monetization solution.

Posted Feb 04, 2013

Unicorn Media, provider of internet video solutions that allow publishers to dynamically serve video ads to IP-enabled devices, announced the release of a new technology that combines a comprehensive server-side solution with a rich client-side user experience: Unicorn OnceUX. This enables publishers to deliver interactive ad capabilities and a rich UI from the client side while allowing dynamic server-side ad insertion and continuous playback, providing new monetization opportunities through expanded ad units and pay-per-click models.

Posted Jan 29, 2013

Qumu, a business video platform provider, announced its IBM Connections Social Video Solution that enables users to collaborate with others using video within the IBM Connections interface.

Posted Jan 28, 2013

OverDrive announced it will enhance its library service platform with streaming video and audio technology. The new services will improve ease of use and device compatibility for OverDrive-hosted video, audiobook, and music collections at libraries and schools around the world.

Posted Jan 24, 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."

Posted Jan 17, 2013

Qumu, a business video platform provider and a Rimage company, announced that its Video Control Center product now has the capability to search for the spoken words within a video or a series of videos from any computer or mobile device.

Posted Jan 15, 2013

Vidyard, a video marketing platform for business, announced its integration with all-in-one inbound marketing software firm HubSpot, powering the first-ever video analytics platform in the HubSpot marketplace.

Posted Jan 15, 2013

Accedo, a provider of TV application solutions announced the launch of its TV Everywhere (TVE) Solution. Accedo's TVE Solution enables pay TV operators and media companies to launch new multi-screen services across a range of connected devices quickly.

Posted Jan 08, 2013

Video holds significant potential for ebooks and digital editions of magazines. After all, there's probably not a better way to illustrate a hard-to-explain concept--or gain buzz around a new novel or textbook--than the proper use of video. The only problem is, video can be a bit hard to publish, and even harder to consume, given the various devices on the marketplace.

Posted Dec 12, 2012

Truthloader, a new citizen journalism channel from ITN Productions, has launched on YouTube. Announced at MIPCOM as part of the YouTube original channels initiative, Truthloader showcases the work of citizen journalists from around the world with original daily programming from amateur eyewitnesses and passionate online campaigners. All reports are curated by social media experts and professional journalists at ITN Productions.

Posted Nov 27, 2012

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

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