Sunday, July 26, 2009

This Week in Online Video: 7/20-7/25/09

It's been sometime since I've done a weekly review and I decided to focus on news related to the online video industry. There were several announcements from online video platforms as well as news items that I've collected here. While it's not a comprehensive list, I included excerpts from press releases that I received as well as links from other news sites for more reading. I'll be highlighting interviews I've conducted with executives from several of the companies on the blog very soon, including Matt DeLoca of The Feedroom, Ron Yekutiel of Kaltura and Peter Csathy of Sorenson Media. Stay tuned!

The FeedRoom Introduces Comprehensive Online Video Solution for Media Relations and Public Affairs Professionals
SaaS Offering Enables Fortune 1000 Enterprises and Government Agencies to Add Streaming Video and Broadcast-Quality Downloads to Online Press Rooms in Minutes -- at Half the Cost of Branded News Sites

NEW YORK, NY -- 07/22/09 -- The FeedRoom, a pioneer in online video communications, and a market leader in live streaming video and digital asset management, today announced a new subscription-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering designed to address the needs of media relations and public affairs professionals looking to add high-quality video to their Web sites and online press rooms. The value-priced offering combines the unique publishing, distribution and measurement capabilities that Fortune 1000 and government communicators require to ensure greater transparency, control and global reach within the changing news distribution landscape, including social networking sites, bloggers, mobile applications and other new media...

Kaltura Shakes Up Online Video Industry with Launch of the World's First Free and Open Source Online Video Platform

Release of Kaltura's Community Edition Disrupts Commoditized Market and Increases Distance Between Kaltura and Proprietary Vendors

OSCON 2009, SAN JOSE, CA, July 22, 2009 – Kaltura ( today announced the public launch of Kaltura Community Edition, the world’s first and only open source self-hosted online video platform. The new product, available for free download on Kaltura’s community website, allows any site owner or web developer to easily and quickly integrate highly customizable video and interactive rich-media functionalities, including video management, publishing, uploading, importing, syndicating, editing, annotating, remixing, sharing, and advertising. The move puts Kaltura in a position to replicate in the online video space the impact and success of other open source companies such as Red Hat, MySQL, and Mozilla....See Kaltura Community Edition (CE) |

Sorenson 360 Video Publishing Platform Now Delivers Customizable Player, Security Options and Enhanced Workflow
- Sorenson Media’s Sorenson 360 Now Enables Customers to More Fully Control Branding, Functionality of Video Player
- Video Professionals Benefit from Enhanced Workflow through Video Password Protection, Streamlined Browser-Based Encoding via Industry-Leading Sorenson Squeeze Engine
- Enhancements Further Sorenson 360’s Capability and Reputation for Delivering Unparalleled Quality, Control, Ease-of-Use and Affordability to Video Professionals

SAN DIEGO (July 22, 2009)—Sorenson Media ( today announced several significant video management enhancements to its Sorenson 360 Video Delivery Network (VDN), providing video professionals with the ability to more fully control the functionality and branding of the Sorenson 360 video player. Users can now incorporate their own identities, including company logos, into Sorenson 360. Video professionals can also create unlimited players, and customize a variety of key settings for each player — from screen modes to content sharing and specifying a particular branded player for each video. View a demo of Sorenson 360’s new customizable video player at:

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Updated links: 7/27/09