Online Video

It's a simple fact of human nature: People tend to be more engaged and alert when they receive information from a person speaking directly to us rather than something static, such as an office memo. It's this fact that serves as one of the underlying philosophies behind VBrick Systems, a Connecticut-based enterprise IP video vendor that serves the corporate, government, education, and media markets, with customers ranging from K-12 schools to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Posted Oct 05, 2010

FourthWall Media announced their TV Buy Button, a product that makes it possible for cable operators to deploy applications on their EBIF platforms that allow consumers to access their digital wallet and make payments more conveniently, thanks to an agreement between FourthWall and PayPal. The TV Buy Button consolidates several interactive TV technologies, including in-depth set-top box platform technology as well as several programming and advertising widgets.

Posted Sep 28, 2010

Encoding.com, an encoding service provider, released Mobile Made Easy, a collection of video encoding presets designed to meet the specific video requirements of all popular mobile phones. With this new product and its existing iPhone and iPhone streaming presets, Encoding.com reports that it now offers encoding services to 80% of the smartphone market.

Posted Sep 14, 2010

ChaCha, a service specializing in answering user-submitted questions on several topics, launched the Media Messaging Service (MMS), which will allow ChaCha to supply users with rich media content and advertisements on their mobile phones. MMS, which ChaCha reports will be compatible with almost all mobile phones, supports videos such as movie trailers, and images such as coupons and logos.

Posted Sep 14, 2010

Ooyala, Inc., the Mountain View, Calif.-based a provider of video platform applications and services, announced that it has raised more than $22 million in a round of financing from new and existing investors. The round was led by The CID Group and ITOCHU Technology Ventures; current Ooyala investors Sierra Ventures and Rembrandt Venture Partners were also included.

Posted Sep 14, 2010

Telestream, a provider of digital media and workflow tools, completed its acquisition of Anystream, an organization specializing in video production and management. In an announcement, Telestream said that the acquisition significantly improves the company's standing in the video transcoding market, in addition to enhancing its ability to create on-demand workflow applications.

Posted Sep 14, 2010

MyNewsVu announced a new technology for television news delivery and consumption, a back-end software platform that enables TV news web sites to deliver a personalized TV newscast to individual viewers. Web sites powered by MyNewsVu can deliver individually personalized TV newscasts to internet-enabled TVs, mobile devices, and PCs.

Posted Sep 09, 2010

IP video technology developer VBrick Systems announced that has received a U.S. patent for its real-time video compression technology. The patent recognizes VBrick's novel encoding algorithms used during the compression of streaming video, which enable the production of high quality images for the viewer.

Posted Sep 02, 2010

Apple announced an array of new features and updates for existing items in its product line, including updated versions of the iPod Nano and iPod Touch, as well as new features for its popular iTunes platform. According to Apple, iTunes 10 now features a social media component called Ping that will allow users to follow specific artists and friends in much the same was as Facebook and Twitter.

Posted Sep 02, 2010

Though we're still very much in the Wild West of digital content, what we see today often feels like history repeating itself. This notion must have triggered considerable thought among audience members because I spent the rest of the day being stopped in the halls and reminded of more and more instances in which this was proving true. And while it's safe to say that I'm no history scholar, it is clear that the people who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

Posted Aug 31, 2010

Telestream, a California-based creator of digital media tools and workflow assistance products, has reached an agreement to acquire the Anystream division of Grab Networks. Telestream has stated that this acquisition will further solidify its position in the software video transcoding market.

Posted Aug 17, 2010

Visitors to stock multimedia marketplace iStockphoto will be greeted with a new website design. The facelift was made for both cosmetic and functional reasons, as the site has been divided into three sections: shop, participate, and help.

Posted Aug 10, 2010

thePlatform is expanding its video publishing features to help customers enforce video business policies, content restrictions, and monetization models. The new features are built around the company's mpx Beta video management system, which was introduced earlier this year and is designed to make it easier to manage and monetize large content libraries.

Posted Aug 05, 2010

Limelight Networks, Inc. made a foray into cloud-based video publishing and analytics with the purchase of Delve Networks, a privately-held provider of such services. Delve Networks was founded in 2006 in Seattle and provides online businesses with a platform for addition, management, syndication, analysis, and monetization of web video.

Posted Aug 03, 2010

Japanese mobile service NTT DOCOMO, Inc. announced the acquisition of PacketVideo Corporation, formerly a subsidiary of NextWave Wireless Inc. DOCOMO, which had acquired a 35% stake in the phone-based multimedia company in July 2009, purchased the remaining 65% equity interest in PacketVideo for $111.6 million.

Posted Aug 03, 2010

Video syndication platform 5min Media partnered with Answers.com to give the search engine a new medium, video.answers.com. Answers.com, which includes WikiAnswers and ReferenceAnswers, now boasts 200,000 videos from 5min Media's syndication library, VideoSeed.

Posted Aug 03, 2010

Elemental Technologies, a provider of massively parallel video processing solutions, raised $7.5 million in a round of Series B financing that featured participation from several investors, including Steamboat Ventures, General Catalyst, and Voyager Capital.

Posted Jul 29, 2010

MediaBeacon, Inc. and IBM announced a technology integration that the two companies hope will enable media management in companies' next-generation web experience. MediaBeacon's digital asset management platform is being integrated with IBM's WebSphere Portal and Lotus Web Content Management software.

Posted Jul 20, 2010

Version 3.0 of the Fordela Video Management Solution (VMS) is now available at the company's website. With Fordela 3.0, the San Francisco-based DAM provider aims to increase the ease of partnership through a highly-customizable VMS and media player.

Posted Jul 13, 2010

Altus, a developer of enterprise video search solutions, announced the release of vSearch Mobile, a SaaS video solution that lets users store, manage, and create searchable rich media from virtually any source. The app is designed for mobile devices such as the iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, and Android-based handsets, and was engineered to help companies organize and share knowledge.

Posted Jun 17, 2010

The expectation of professional interactions to be more like those on the open web extends inside the enterprise as well. If you don't use video inside your organization or institution for company meetings, corporate communication, or training purposes, you're missing out on a powerful tool that enables users to connect and collaborate in a manner rivaled only by true face-to-face interaction.

Posted Jun 09, 2010

Granicus, a provider of transparency, efficiency, and citizen participation solutions for government, announced the release of the Granicus Open Platform. The new offering hits the market with five new application suites that can be added to Open Platform to streamline government transparency initiatives and stimulate citizen engagement.

Posted Jun 01, 2010

Unicorn Media, Inc., a developer of video workflow optimization technology, announced support for the Roku streaming media player from Roku, Inc. The Roku player is the latest syndication outlet to be added to Unicorn Media's already long list of devices and applications.

Posted May 27, 2010

Brainshark, Inc., developers of the free multimedia presentation site myBrainshark.com, announced a number of additions to its site, which lets users create, narrate, and share online multimedia presentations. The new features include simplified audio narration and the ability to use the computer's microphone for recording, the inclusion of user-generated polls in presentations, and optional expiration dates and time limits for presentations.

Posted May 27, 2010

KIT digital, Inc. executed a definitive agreement to acquire Sinigapore-based Benchmark Broadcast Systems Pte. Ltd. The deal gives KIT digital all of Benchmark's shares in exchange for a total of $4.5 million in cash and $5.0 million in KIT digital common stock given directly to the company, as well as approximately $1.1 million paid to employees over two years.

Posted May 18, 2010

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