Online Video

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MobiTV has withdrawn its request for an initial public offering, according to GigaOM.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 The company sent the SEC a letter asking the bid be withdrawn based on what the company referred to as "unfavorable market conditions."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, Indonesia's third most popular online news and entertainment site. Linktone, a provider of media and entertainment content in Asia, acquired 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

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, 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