Online Video

Elemental Technologies, provider of multi-screen content delivery solutions, and thePlatform, a white-label video publishing company, announced a joint solution for processing and management of large, dynamic video content libraries for IP-connected devices. Service providers and media companies can use Elemental Server's integration with thePlatform's mpx to enable video delivery on multiple devices.

Posted Jul 26, 2011

CBS Corporation and Amazon.com announced a non-exclusive licensing agreement that will let Amazon customers stream television shows from CBS's library of content. Amazon Prime customers will be able to instantly watch thousands of episodes from the CBS library, and Amazon will add 2,000 episodes to its Prime instant video service, including full seasons for 18 popular television series, such as The Tudors, Numb3rs, and the complete Star Trek franchise.

Posted Jul 21, 2011

Emmis Communications launched the Loud Digital Network, a vertically integrated digital entertainment network for the 18-35 year old audience. Loud Digital Network will produce and distribute premium digital branded entertainment content across a variety of media platforms, including online, on air, print and mobile.

Posted Jul 19, 2011

Acorn Media Group announced the launch of Acorn TV, a new streaming service that makes the company's award-winning British mysteries and dramas available online to American audiences. The launch line-up includes series such as Upstairs Downstairs, Brideshead Revisited, The Far Pavilions, Foyle's War, Agatha Christie's Poirot, and The Forsyte Saga. This is the first time many of these programs are available for streaming.

Posted Jul 19, 2011

CNN is launching a 24/7 streaming video service that will give subscribers access to feeds of CNN's two channels, CNN and Headline News (HLN) on any desktop and iOS-based mobile platforms. The service will feature live feeds from both channels, as well as an archive of on-demand content and series, and special topic-specific live feeds for breaking news and major events.

Posted Jul 19, 2011

Netflix Inc. announced that it is separating its unlimited streaming and unlimited DVD plans in the U.S., allowing customers to choose between a streaming-only plan, a DVD-only plan, or a combination of the two. The changes will be effective immediately for new Netflix members, while existing subscribers will be affected following September 1. The company stated that it is making the changes to reflect the true costs of each service.

Posted Jul 14, 2011

American music enthusiasts can now use Spotify, a European digital music service - if they have an invite. After months of negotiating with record companies, the service is now available on a limited, invitation-only basis for free-or you can choose to pay-and provides mobile and offline access to music, and also makes it possible to share content.

Posted Jul 14, 2011

Econsultancy published a 60-page report that details best practices for using online video as a marketing tool, titled Online Video Best Practice Guide. Written by Staffan Aquarone, the report contains technical insights, tips, and case studies for marketers looking to use online video.

Posted Jul 12, 2011

Do you love multitasking on your tablet, jumping from Twitter to email to the latest version of Angry Birds with just a few quick finger taps? Or maybe you find yourself in the e-reader camp, opting to leisurely click through the summer's best-seller on a single-purpose device. According to new studies, those of you on team e-reader are far from alone. Recently, a report produced by Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project showed e-reader ownership has doubled over the past six months, while tablet ownership has barely inched forward.

Posted Jul 07, 2011

Userlytics, a video-based usability and remote testing platform, released an enterprise version of its interactive testing solution. The new offering uses the ubiquity of webcams and the demographic targeting of digital marketing to let agencies and designers test campaigns, applications, and online properties with relevant target audiences. Users can receive full video results of demographic testing to gauge the effectiveness of advertising.

Posted Jul 07, 2011

SEO-Company-Services.com released a web-based tool that lets companies create video sitemaps for their web videos, providing a tool to help carry out video search engine optimization. The tool helps video owners create properly formatted XML Video Sitemaps for their videos.

Posted Jul 07, 2011

Bitberry Software released Free YouTube to MP3 Converter TURBO, a YouTube to MP3 converter product with built-in YouTube Download Accelerator technology. Free YouTube to MP3 Converter TURBO is a free product that lets users download any video from YouTube and convert it to MP3 on-the-fly. After installing the product, users can click the Download & Convert button in your browser and the software will automatically place an MP3 file in the My Music folder.

Posted Jun 30, 2011

we7, a British music streaming website backed by musician and digital entrepreneur, Peter Gabriel, announced the launch of we7.be. The service will provide Belgians with the ability to access music through the country's first legally compliant and free music streaming service, from a database of 7.5 million songs. we7 will feature content from the major labels as well as those specific to Belgium, such as Black Hole Recordings, EPM Online, NewsNV, and PIAS.

Posted Jun 30, 2011

Cloud-based video creator Animoto closed a $25 million round of funding through the participation of Spectrum Equity Investors and Madrona Venture Group. Animoto's service is a free service, with subscription options, that lets users create slideshows of graphical content on a computer or a mobile phone. Subscription options unlock additional features, such as custom templates or the ability to produce longer videos.

Posted Jun 30, 2011

Hulu may be up for sale, if the owners can make up their minds. The free TV-streaming site is co-owned by Disney, NBCUniversal, News Corporation, and Providence Equity Partners, the parent corporations of major TV networks ABC, NBC, and Fox. Hulu began to look into options for its sale last week after an unsolicited overture from Yahoo!, and the company is expected to meet with potential buyers in the coming weeks.

Posted Jun 28, 2011

UK virtual publisher, nDreams, recently launched a floating archipelago called Aurora, a virtual environment situated within the PlayStation Home virtual world. The virtual environment is free to users and can be used to play games, purchase virtual real estate, and win online rewards. According to nDreams, Aurora has received over a million visits, more than the Taj Mahal and the London Eye combined.

Posted Jun 23, 2011

Online video platform vzaar announced a new video player branding tool, which allows users to design customized players. Developers and creative marketers can now add any image to the players, and edit the video player's parameters, including color, controls, links, and size, to alter the way it appears and functions.

Posted Jun 21, 2011

we7, a cloud-based music streaming service in the U.K., closed a new round of funding that will allow the company to expand into Europe and continue to grow in the U.K. and Ireland. Using we7, 3 million unique users each month create personal radio stations with specific artist or song requests, and stream music from a library containing more than 7 million songs.

Posted Jun 21, 2011

A recent Adweek/Harris Poll shows that regardless of TV technologies such as DVR systems, Americans may not be giving their undivided attention to TV screens. According to the recent survey, while watching TV most Americans are apt to split their attention by surfing the Internet (56%), reading a book, magazine or newspaper (44%), going to a social networking site (40%) or communicating with friends through a mobile phone (37%).

Posted Jun 16, 2011

Alcatel-Lucent and thePlatform announced that they will partner to give TV providers new video service offerings for TVs, PCs, tablets, and mobile. The partnership will create a multiscreen video platform that supports live scheduled TV, video on demand, and "TV everywhere" services on a variety of screens, allowing subscribers to access video content from whatever device is most convenient.

Posted Jun 14, 2011

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc and Faber and Faber Limited announced a new partnership to develop a digital content platform for libraries, educators, students and researchers to be sold via subscription and perpetual access to academic institutions. Drama Online, launching in October 2012, is an online resource for plays, critical analysis, and performance.

Posted Jun 02, 2011

Harvard International plc announced a partnership with ANT, a provider of software and services for the delivery of digital TV. The focus of the partnership is the design and development of software for the next generation of set-top box (STB) products, which will provide HD DTR (high definition digital television recorder) functionality and allow for the delivery of services that combine digital media with broadband internet access using the ANT Galio Platform.

Posted May 26, 2011

Imtiger Technologies released SuperTintin version 1.2, a Windows application that enables users to record audio and video streams, including Skype and MSN phone calls and videos. Instead of using screen-capture techniques to collect the audio and video streams, SuperTintin captures the original media data, so users can open, close, or resize windows during the recording without affecting the quality of the recorded videos.

Posted May 24, 2011

3D Systems Corporation acquired The3dStudio.com, a provider of 3D and 2D digital media libraries that offers 1.7 million resources to its more than 600,000 consumer and professional members. On the site, a community of nearly 5,000 developers and authors sell their content, which includes free and fee-based, ready-to-download 3D models, tutorials, plug-ins, software tools, stock photos, and images.

Posted May 10, 2011

For Hollywood studios, rigidly defined distribution windows have traditionally dictated the sequential release of a movie: first exclusively in theaters, then on DVD, then on premium cable, and so forth. Previously pleasant relationships are being strained as theater owners try to maintain their place in the chain and studios try to bleed out as many bucks as are left in Walmart's dying (but still substantial) DVD revenues. As these battles distract the traditional Hollywood players, new platforms are quickly sneaking past the guards.

Posted May 09, 2011

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