Online Video

Imagine Communications, a portfolio company of The Gores Group and a provider of software and networking solutions serving the global media and entertainment markets, announced the acquisition of Digital Rapids, a provider of IP and file-based media processing solutions and software-defined workflow management technologies.

Posted Apr 07, 2014

Do you have questions about online video? Are you wondering how to get started? Which platforms to use? What tools you need? More importantly, are you wondering what Steve Garfield thinks about Google Glass? Do you want to see Jeff Cutler's cat? Then watch our most recent ECLive Google Hangout, hosted by Jose Castillo.

Posted Mar 28, 2014

Panopto, a video platform provider for the enterprise and education markets, introduced a product update with a comprehensive way to search inside video content. The update allows Panopto customers to search for any word that is spoken or shown in their videos, and fast forward to that precise moment.

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Digital Rapids, a provider of media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences, and Cinnafilm, Inc., a provider of file-based image processing technology, announced that Cinnafilm's Tachyon standards conversion solution has now been integrated with the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2 automated media transformation software and its underlying Kayak workflow platform.

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Join Jose Castillo, Jeff Cutler, and Steve Garfield for a discussion about creating great video content on the EContent Google+ page. The live discussion will begin at 11 a.m. EST on Friday, March 28.

Posted Mar 21, 2014

Moguldom Media Group is the brainchild of its CEO and chairman Jamarlin Martin. The company bills itself as the world's largest network of owned and operated digital brands focusing on African Americans, and now Moguldom is taking what it knows about its audience--64% of its readers believe Hollywood does not produce enough documentaries about the African-American experience-- and producing custom video content to fill a niche it calls "docutainment."

Posted Mar 19, 2014

Pivotshare is a new platform combines the functionality of eBay and YouTube to create an online marketplace for the sale and purchase of online video content worldwide. Pivotshare is a complete self-service solution for media publishers. Anyone can monetize content on their own branded online channel or on their own website using pay-per-view rentals, subscription access, downloads and/ or tips in any combination.

Posted Mar 13, 2014

Netflix wants to make sure its users aren't sitting around looking at loading screens, waiting for their favorite shows to buffer. So the streaming media service has struck a deal with Comcast, America's biggest internet provider (and owner of NBCUniversal Media, LLC) to make sure its subscribers for more reliable service.

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Openwave Mobility, a software provider enabling operators to manage and monetize mobile data, announced General Availability of DynaMO, the latest incarnation of its congestion control software. This solution has full HD video and streaming audio optimization capabilities as well as the most advanced reporting dashboard to measure traffic profile and savings.

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Citizen journalism is back in the spotlight, this time as Ukrainian citizens protest their government-and the government fights back with extreme force. The country's only opposition-friendly television station has been shut down, and as such, protesters are turning to the internet to get their message-and images-out to world at large. Ustream, which was already being used in an ad hoc manner for distributing video from the protests, has responded by introducing UStream for Change.

Posted Feb 20, 2014

According to research from the Diffusion Group called Benchmarking the Connected Consumer, over 60% of homes with broadband have connected TVs. This represents a 19% increase over the last year.

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Are You a Human, a Detroit startup that specializes in creating alternative ways for brands to interact with users, announced that it has launched PlayThru for Video. PlayThru for Video is an add-on to existing pre-roll campaigns by rewarding them for engaging with the brand. By interacting with the advertiser-for example, by dragging a "Sold" sign to a home in an ad for Quicken Loans-users can conclude the ad and get straight to the video they originally wanted to watch.

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Of all the routine activities that have become ingrained in our daily rituals-from getting dressed in the morning to eating dinner at night-one is climbing the ranks faster than nearly any other: pressing "play" online. Indeed, watching internet video has arguably become the nation's favorite new pastime, as indicated by the latest data. In September alone, nearly 189 million Americans-87% of U.S. internet users-viewed 46 billion online videos, the average length of which was 5.1 minutes, comScore reports. One hundred hours of video are uploaded every minute to YouTube. And consumer internet video traffic globally will comprise 69% of all consumer internet traffic by 2017, up from 57% tallied in 2012, according to Cisco.

Posted Feb 14, 2014

Rapt Media announced the official launch of its patent-pending Site Pairing technology, which breaks down the wall separating online video from website capabilities. The new technology is poised to transform the online media experience by creating a link between the video player and the website on which it is posted, enabling creatives and content producers to build immersive, mobile-ready, video-based web experiences at scale without worrying about technical implementation.

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Front Porch Digital, a provider of content storage management (CSM) solutions, announced that it has signed an agreement with thePlatform, a white-label video-publishing company, to offer cloud-based video-publishing services to Front Porch Digital customers throughout the global media and entertainment industry. Under the agreement, Front Porch Digital will integrate thePlatform's mpx video-publishing system into the Front Porch Digital LYNX cloud-based CSM system for managing media assets.

Posted Feb 11, 2014

Chipotle Mexican Grill is pulling out all the stops, blurring the lines between entertinament content and advertising in new ways with a show on Hulu called Farmed and Dangerous. It's a satirical show that takes a look at agri-business and factory farming, which brings attention to Chipotle's commitment to sustainable, humane farming practices while--hopefully--entertaining you.

Posted Jan 27, 2014

According to the letter Netflix sent to shareholders in the last quarter of 2013, it is exploring tiered pricing options, but only for new members. In April of last year, Netflix introduced a 4-concurrent stream option for $11.99 to "begin our evaluation of plan tiering." Now, Netflix is looking at adding more tiers.

Posted Jan 23, 2014

Comigo, the creator of a comprehensive multi-screen TV platform and Octoshape, provider of cloud-based OTT streaming technology, announced a partnership to deliver an end-to-end TV solution for operators. The Comigo-Octoshape solution leverages Octoshape's patented suite of multicast technologies.

Posted Jan 08, 2014

Brightcove, a provider of cloud services for video, and Rovi Corporation, announced a collaboration designed to accelerate the adoption of next-generation video compression standards. Brightcove has licensed the DivX High-Efficiency Video Encoding (HEVC) solution. Brightcove plans to support DivX HEVC within its Zencoder cloud-based encoding service.

Posted Jan 08, 2014

Brightcove Inc., a provider of cloud services for video, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all the assets of Unicorn Media, a provider of cloud video ad insertion technology. Based on a $14 price per share of Brightcove common stock, the transaction is valued at approximately $49 million. The purchase price consists of approximately 2.9 million shares of Brightcove stock and approximately $9.0 million of cash used to pay transaction and other expenses of Unicorn Media.

Posted Jan 07, 2014

You may have noticed that videos are playing a bigger role in your Facebook newsfeed since September. That's because the social media giant was trying to make the video experience more engaging. The company says it has worked, and so now it is testing video ads. According to Facebook's blog post, "Marketers will be able to use this new format to tell their stories to a large number of people on Facebook in a short amount of time - with high-quality sight, sound and motion."

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Even cord cutters needed the modern equivalent of bunny ears if they wanted to get live news on their television, but a deal between Bloomberg News and Apple TV may be changing that. According to Gigaom, Bloomberg launched an app on Apple TV on December 11, that provides a live feed of financial news and on-demand content.

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Qumu, an enterprise video platform provider, announced the newest version of its Video Control Center platform solution for the enterprise. Updates include user-friendly webcasting, improved mobile browsing and a new player interface.

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Katie Couric has come a long way since her days on The Today Show. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced in a blog post that Couric will be the new Global Anchor for Yahoo News.

Posted Nov 26, 2013

Chill.com will shut down its service on December 15, disappointing cord-cutters everywhere. Originally a social discovery service for video, Chill eventually started selling DRM-free video content, including original programming. That move didn't pay off.

Posted Nov 26, 2013

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