Online Video

Numbers rarely tell the story, but sometimes, they can go a long way. Such is the case with the growth of YouTube as a branding platform, targeted advertising medium, and vehicle to reach consumers, especially younger ones. It's no longer just the home of cute cat videos and footage of an 8-year-old's first soccer goal; YouTube is a huge force in social media. Popular YouTube stars--known as influencers or creators--are every bit as popular and influential as Jennifer Lawrence and Jon Stewart. With the younger crowd, they hold a considerable amount of sway.

Posted May 11, 2015

IRIS.TV, a programmatic content delivery system, announced a new dynamic, personalized end-screen plugin for Kaltura, provider of video technology platform. The plugin for Kaltura will offer clients of both a personalized and dynamic stream of video along with a personalized end-screen framework. Publishers can now provide users with both dynamic streams of video - powered by consumption and interaction - along with thumbnail choices specific to their real-time consumption habits. The partnership is aimed to help consumers discover relevant and engaging content while viewing across all connected devices.

Posted May 07, 2015

Amazon and JetBlue announced that they will bring unlimited, on-demand entertainment to airline travel later this year through JetBlue's free high-speed Fly-Fi broadband internet. The collaboration will enable Fly-Fi for Amazon Prime members to access tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including exclusive Amazon Original Series such as Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle and Bosch, at no additional cost to their membership.

Posted May 07, 2015

Marking its first original scripted content for non-linear distribution, Lifetime will launch the short-form digital platform Fall Into Me (a working title), featuring eight series of romantic drama stories. Catering to the fast-growing romance-fiction marketplace, each of the eight series on the Fall Into Me platform consists of eight webisodes, six-minutes in length, which can be discreetly enjoyed on phones and tablets.

Posted May 05, 2015

Yahoo Inc. announced at its 2015 Digital Content NewFront, 18 new series across Live, Digital Magazines, and Original video programming as well as new advertising opportunities. The new series, along with other newly launched programming, make up 55 video series.

Posted Apr 28, 2015

ThingLink announced its interactive images and videos are now supported on WordPress.com. When users paste a ThingLink URL into the WP editor, WordPress.com automatically converts the link into an interactive media unit. ThingLink is also supported for WordPress.org users.

Posted Apr 21, 2015

Kaltura, provider of video technology platforms, announced a Universal DRM (Digital Rights Management) solution, adding support for DASH and the Common Encryption (CENC) standard, which enables media companies, content rights owners, and OTT providers to stream premium content without needing to worry about which browser, device, or platform is being used. The solution also aims to reduce storage costs and integration fees. With Google and others moving to deprecate or disable existing content protection systems, and Google choosing to disable NPAPI (Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface) support in the Chrome browser in April 2015, Kaltura's Modular DRM allows video service providers to transition without disrupting service.

Posted Apr 14, 2015

Americans are more likely to subscribe to Amazon Prime for free two-day shipping than for Prime Instant Video. Additionally, in the U.S. when they do subscribe, people are more likely to use Netflix than Prime Instant Video, according to global intelligence firm Strategy Analytics. In fact, nearly two-thirds (63%) of Amazon Prime subscribers used Netflix in the previous month compared to 59% who used Prime Instant Video.

Posted Apr 08, 2015

Facebook's network of apps just keeps growing. This time it is introducing Riff, which allows friends to collaborate on short videos. Here's how it works: You log into Riff using your Facebook account, enter a hashtag subject, and record a video that is up to 20 seconds long. You can then post it to your Facebook page where your friends can pick up the thread and add their own video. Then their friends can chime in and so on. There is currently no limit to how long these conversations can get.

Posted Apr 02, 2015

It seems that Hollywood is starting to catch on to what many viewers already know: Some of the best shows on TV are not on a network; they're streaming over your internet connection. Shows such as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black from Netflix have been capturing people's imagination for years, although major awards have often eluded them. But in the first months of 2015, one announcement after another pointed toward a sort of streaming content renaissance.

Posted Mar 30, 2015

Rapt Media announced an agreement that will enable Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ) to enhance both CNÉ's original digital video programming as well as its advertising offerings. CNÉ is a division of Condé Nast focusing on the development, production, and distribution of original television, feature film, and digital video offerings based on the company's iconic media brands.

Posted Mar 19, 2015

Good news for cord-cutters has been coming fast and furious in 2015. The latest on this theme is a report from the Wall Street Journal that Apple is planning to go a step beyond Apple TV, and actually "offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall." Many of these channels would be broadcast channels like ABC and NBC (which you can get for free via an antenna), but would total about 25 channels.

Posted Mar 19, 2015

While you may not be able to get HBO Go on your Playstation, HBO Now-the network's new streaming service-is coming to Apple TV in April, and if you sign up right away, you will get the service free for 30-days. The catch, of course, is that you need an Apple device. Engadget reports that Apple has an exclusive three-month contract with HBO, preventing anyone else from selling subscriptions. And though you can watch on your Mac or iPad later, you'll need an Apple TV to sign up initially.

Posted Mar 10, 2015

Over half (54%) of chief marketing officers (CMOs) surveyed said they use digital video to supplement TV as a holistic strategy, but only 31% align their budgets for TV and digital advertising spend. This separation leads to a disconnect between the value of each medium, as just over half (52%) claim that they have different expectations across the platforms. In addition, three quarters of CMOs say that they measure reach the same way for both TV and digital video but only one-third see Nielsen as the ongoing foundation of their reach metrics.

Posted Mar 10, 2015

If you're a Comcast customer who has been looking forward to using the HBO Go app on your Playstation 4, you're probably very upset right about now. As TechDirt reports, Comcast is basically refusing to confirm that you are a paying cable customer, which results in customers not being allowed to use the service. This has been a problem before with other devices, like Roku boxes, which was only resolved when Roku filed an FCC complaint.

Posted Mar 09, 2015

Openwave Mobility, a software company enabling operators to manage and monetize mobile video traffic, announced a new solution, Secure Traffic Manager, leveraging its NFV-enabled Integra. It optimizes encrypted mobile video and audio streaming traffic. Network operators can now use a comprehensive solution that optimizes not just the TCP/IP transport layer, but also the video and audio application layer for encrypted traffic to maximize network utilization.

Posted Mar 03, 2015

Have you been thinking about trying Sling TV but don't have a compatible streaming device at home? Well, Sling announced it will chip in and help you get that new Roku 3 or Amazon Fire TV streaming box for 50% off. Or, alternatively, you can get Fire TV stick or Roku streaming stick for free. You can order any of those devices on Sling TV's website now.

Posted Feb 16, 2015

Back in 1979, The Buggles prophesized the enormous power of visual content and nascent technology with their hit "Video Killed the Radio Star." More than 35 years later, video is still making a killing—not on MTV, but on virtually every screen connected online. To fathom how pervasive internet video's reach is in our country alone, consider that comScore's Video Metrix says more than 196 million Americans view online content videos today, equating to approximately 78% of U.S. internet users. In fact, according to a New York Times survey, 34% of Millennials report viewing less TV than online videos or no TV at all.

Posted Feb 16, 2015

Amazon announced that Fire TV's selection is up 5x since its launch in April, with 2015 best-of-CES Sling TV now available for download as well as other popular services and games such as FOX Sports GO, TED, WSJ Live, Crossy Road, and Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series.

Posted Feb 12, 2015

Sporting News Media (SNM), a PERFORM Group company, which operates SportingNews.com, the Sporting News (SN) ePlayer and the U.S. edition of Goal.com, has announced its latest "Sporting Views" proprietary research, which analyzed data from its SN ePlayer network, which its says reaches more than 30 million sports fans and serves up over 400 million streams in the U.S. each month. The research sheds light on how sports fans engage with digital sports video content in the U.S. This latest report studies consumption trends of Super Bowl and NFL fans in Q4 2014 through February 3, 2015.

Posted Feb 10, 2015

Amazon Studios, known for television series such as Transparent, Tumble Leaf, and Mozart in the Jungle, announced that it will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Whereas it typically takes 39 to 52 weeks for theatrical movies to premiere on subscription video services, Amazon Original Movies will premiere on Prime Instant Video in the U.S. just 4 to 8 weeks after their theatrical debut.

Posted Jan 20, 2015

Right about now, you can barely turn a corner on the internet without an article or blog post popping up in your face about what the new year will hold. Writers are going crazy covering topics like "the top ten marketing trends of 2015" or "what will content creation look like in 2015?" And that's exactly why I'm not going to ask you to focus on 2015's trends in online video. Ask yourself, "What do I want to do with online video in 2015?"

Posted Jan 06, 2015

Kaltura Inc., provider of a video technology platform, has published its inaugural State of Video in the Enterprise report, detailing the results of a survey into the use of video in organizations across the globe. The survey reveals strong support for enterprise software to be video ready: 75% of the 300 respondents say that integrating video into organizations' existing tools and applications is important, and that this capability will play an important role in the near future.

Posted Dec 09, 2014

Forbidden Technologies plc, the developer of the cloud video platform Forscene, announced it has released the new version of Forscene with a completely redesigned interface. In addition, it has revamped both the company website and the Forscene product website in order to give visitors more relevant, in-depth information about each and to bring the company's complete digital presence up to date.

Posted Dec 04, 2014

Zenterio, which develops an independent software platform for interactive TV, and Metrological, a TV application store provider, have signed a strategic partnership agreement. The combination of Zenterio OS and Metrological's product suite means that the two companies now will be able to offer a combined service revenue package to TV operators.

Posted Dec 04, 2014

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