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The latest articles and research making waves in the video marketing and video communications industries, including breaking news about video marketing platforms, trends in business video use and spending, and updates on leaders in the online video marketing and video communications industries.

ViralGains surges with tech for turning YouTube ads viral

| | Boston Business Journal - Kyle Alspach
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Boston-based ViralGains is a video company that helps advertisers maximize the distribution of video content to reach an audience via viral methods. Video content is able to go viral due to the way ViralGains system which uses data blended with programmatic ad technology. Read the full article »

Viddiverse Is Designed to Be a YouTube/Vine for Kids

| | Adweek - Mike Shields
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Viddiverse is a video company start-up that created for children ages 8 to 13. Created by Malcolm Bird, a former Nickelodeon UK executive, the video platform / social media site will feature a mix of syndicated children's programming and kid-produced videos. A blend of Facebook, Instagram and Vine social media elements will also be accessible. Read the full article »

AOL Pauses to Rethink Live Video Programming

| | Ad Age | Digital - Tim Peterson
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The launch of the second AOL live-streaming channel has been postponed. AOL announced plans last year to expand its original video programming into more live-stream formats. This new programming, called AOL Live, had a test-run around Halloween 2013. Since the test, AOL Live has aired syndicated HuffPost Live programming. Read the full article »

The Long Road to Streaming Sports Content

| | eMarketer
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"Sports Video Streaming: More Like a Marathon than a Sprint," a new report from eMarketer, found mixed results for the selling of sports-related video streams along with online video advertising that can run with online sports programs. As more sports-related content becomes available to digital viewers, the cost to access the professional streams should decrease. Read the full article »

Yahoo, Starcom Ink Video Series Partnership

| | Adweek - Mike Shields
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Yahoo and Starcom have entered into a new partnership that will create original web video content. According to industry analysts, the new relationship will combine Yahoo's viewership data with Starcom's brand audience data to create personalized web video content and data-driven video ads. Read the full article »

Need More Video Content? Try Stealing Some

| | Digiday - Jack Marshall
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Video content creators are accusing website publishers of using video content without permission. The content is being used within web publishers' proprietary video players. Publishers are selling video ad content, hosted with the illegally acquired video content, directly to major advertisers. Read the full article »

Three things to know about Brightcove's Zencoder

| | Boston Business Journal TechFlash - Kyle Alspach
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Zencoder, acquired by Brightcove in 2012, converts videos into interoperable formats. These formats enable publishers to distribute video content across various web-enabled devices. The rapid growth of mobile video viewing has driven the need for video content to render across different devices. Read the full article »

Video editing startup Magisto closes $13M from Qualcomm & Sandisk

| | VentureBeat - Tom Cheredar
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Magisto, a video editing tool, has closed a $13 million round of funding. Magisto's technology enables users to take 10 minutes of video footage shot from a mobile device, along with five photos and an audio track and edit the content into a one-minute video clip. With newly added features, Magisto is morphing from a video editing tool into a social video company. Read the full article »

Start Me Up: With Tongal, Brands Can Get Crowds to Create Viral Videos for Them

| | The Hub - Omar Akhtar
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Tongal is a video company that uses crowdsourcing to create web video marketing concept. James DeJulio, Tongal's co-founder and chief product officer, became frustrated with the inefficiencies and expense of producing video content. Organizations approach Tongal with a marketing goal. Video producers win projects by competing in rounds that lead to the production of the video content. Read the full article »

Personalized Video Ad Company SundaySky Raises $20M Round Led By Comcast Ventures

| | TechCrunch - Anthony Ha
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Comcast Ventures made a financial investment in SundaySky, a video company that offers personalized video ads. SundaySky raised $20 million in Series C funding from investors including Liberty Global Ventures and Vintage Investment Partners. Smart Video, a tool that can generate realtime videos with branded content, is SundaySky's main offering. Read the full article »

Best Practices for Closed Captioning IP Video Programming

| | 3Play Media - Shannon K. Murphy
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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires full-length videos delivered via Internet protocol (IP) that have aired on either broadcast or cable TV to contain closed captions. Captioning requirements for digital video content demand on a number of factors, directed by the 21st Century Video Accessibility (CVAA). Read the full article »

Video isn’t breaking the internet: The industry giants are

| | GigaOM - Stacey Higginbotham
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A report published by Sandvine illustrates the fragmented way that digital video content is delivered causes consumers experience for online video viewing to be less than optimal at times. Situations including the lack of web servers, congested ports and "bursting" can cause video latency issues. Sandvine believes that transparent data on cost and quality would help improve the delivery of digital video content. Read the full article »

Time Inc. Is Ready to Launch Its Ambitious New Video Strategy

| | Adweek - Emma Bazilian
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Time Inc.'s new digital video unit will feature a blend of live video programming and franchised-based shows. Video content is now featured prominently across Time Inc.'s various digital properties. The company has also entered into a number of video content deals with online sites including AOL On Network. Read the full article »

Cord-Cutting No Longer an ‘Urban Myth’: Pay TV Operators Drop 316,000 Subs in Past Year

| | Variety - Todd Spangler
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"Cord-cutting," in which consumers leave cable and satellite TV services, is a realistic trend. For the 12-month period ending in June 2013, 316,000 American cable and satellite TV subscribers willing did not continue their subscriptions. While analysts concede that the numbers are not significant, they are large enough to cause concern to cable and satellite TV operators. Read the full article »

Why the time is right for The Washington Post & others to boost video initiatives

| | Poynter. - Rick Edmonds
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Media publishers are increasingly turning to video content as a way to increase audience size and advertising revenue. The Washington Post's new PostTV is the latest video venture. At launch, PostTV features an interactive news discussion and a political show. With mobile video counting for up to 50 percent of news consumption, ventures like PostTV may be the future of digital media. Read the full article »

Can Free, Ad-Supported Online Video Make the Hard Leap to a Paid, Subscription Model?

| | VideoNuze - Will Richmond
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Online video advertising currently supports a vast majority of the video content available for viewing on the Web and via mobile devices. The dramatic growth of online video viewing may ultimately change how viewers access digital video content. Instead of viewing content supported by online video ads, viewers may eventually pay to subscribe to video content. Read the full article »

Streaming Audio, Video Surges In 2013

| | Media Daily News - Erik Sass
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The latest Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS reports found that online video views grew tremendously during the first half of 2013. Nielsen recorded 50.9 billion audio and video streams, a 24 percent increase in streams during the same period in 2012. Read the full article »