"Last week's acquisition of LiveRail by Facebook was the latest in a busy year of M&A deals and financings in the video industry. Across the spectrum of advertising, content, distribution, mobile and management/publishing, bigger industry players continue positioning themselves for the online/mobile video future, while innovative startups filling key needs continue getting lots of attention from investors."
With about 18,000 YouTube content makers and their fans converging on Southern California's Anaheim Convention Center for the fifth annual VidCon confab Thursday, high-profile media executives including DreamWorks Animation's Jeffrey Katzenberg, Maker Studio's Ynon Kreiz and YouTube's Susan Wojcicki turned out to deliver one-on-one
"Dotsub is always looking to expand the number of ways we integrate with the multitude of online video platforms available in the marketplace. We already offer player plugins for several of the major platforms. Now we also have added the ability to have Dotsub automatically upload your caption and translation files into supported online video providers.
We currently support this feature with Brightcove, Kaltura, Limelight, Ooyala, Wistia and YouTube."
"Twitter has acquired San Francisco-based video sharing startup SnappyTV, both companies announced Thursday without spilling any beans about the financials of the deal. You may have never heard of SnappyTV, but chances are, you’ve seen some of its work on Twitter before: SnappyTV has helped Turner to share March Madness clips in near-realtime, and also powered the video cards of numerous other TV networks."
"Google’s YouTube has reached a deal to buy Twitch, a popular videogame-streaming company, for more than $1 billion, according to sources familiar with the pact.
The deal, in an all-cash offer, is expected to be announced imminently, sources said. If completed the acquisition would be the most significant in the history of YouTube, which Google acquired in 2006 for $1.65 billion. The impending acquisition comes after longtime Google ad exec Susan Wojcicki was named CEO of YouTube earlier this year."
"For the past two years, Fuisz Media has been quietly developing the technology necessary to quickly and easily add interactive elements to video. Now, it’s coming out of stealth mode, with more than $2 million in funding and some interesting enterprise clients."
Fullscreen's motto is "power to the creators." During a presentation at VidCon, the multi-channel network explained how it will live by that mantra. In his keynote address, CEO George Strompolos announced Fullscreen's plan to invest $10 million in original programming.
Fullscreen provides marketing and management support for its partners, a group that includes YouTube luminaries such as Grace Helbig, Shane Dawson, and The Fine Bros. Strompolos' plan is to fund the passion projects of this elite group, thus allowing them to provide even more quality programming for their fans. "We look forward to bringing the best work to you from the best creators of our generation," he said during his presentation. This isn't the first time Fullscreen has made a significant monetary investment in its creators. For instance, in 2012, it opened up a million dollar fund that it used to support smaller channels. This time, however, we should expect the network to invest in its most prominent partners. "These are the creators that have captured a generation," said Strompolos. "They have spoken to the hearts and the minds of the young. It’s what’s happening now, not what’s about to happen."
"JW Player pioneered internet video as the world’s first open source video player. Today, we’re innovating for the future with technical and business thought leadership. We are excited to announce the launch of JW Labs, a content destination site for JW Player’s technical demos, original research, and future roadmap."
The 175 megabit video transferred in 3.5 seconds, compared to the more than 10 minutes it takes with traditional equipment.
An experiment on the International Space Station has successfully beamed high definition video back to Earth with a laser–a feat that could someday aid communication with astronauts and spacecraft traveling to distant planets.
The Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science transferred a 175 megabit video to a ground station in California in 3.5 seconds. With equipment currently in use aboard the ISS, the same transfer would take more than 10 minutes, according to NASA."
"Before he took part in a Streaming Media East 2014 panel on 'DASH in the Real World,' Kevin Streeter, sr. software architect for Adobe, sat down for an interview with StreamingMedia.com. First, he explained the current state of MPEG-DASH deployment."
"WebRTC is the hottest thing going right now, and allows you to receive live, secure video over RTP right to the browser. It’s videoconferencing without the need for any plugins or software (other than your browser). Better yet, as long as your audio/video is encoded correctly, it doesn’t have to be another person, but a song or movie in your own, private on-demand service..."
Big studios eye multichannel networks, but price may not be right FierceOnlineVideo Creating the channels platform (tied in with its ContentID software) was a big booster for the online video provider.