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September 05 2012

15:04

Behind-the-Scenes News Video Rising in Popularity, BBC News Heads Says

LONDON -- Online news consumers often watch timeline videos, raw videos and analysis of breaking news, but by and large it's still hard to predict which types of news videos will do well, says Andrew Roy, Head of News at BBC News during a Beet.TV panel at the Beet.TV Video News Summit at the Financial Times this summer.

To date, the raw video from the Japanese tsunami in 2011 was the best performing news video on the BBC News site, Roy tells us during this panel session. Beyond that, a clear pattern has not yet emerged as to the kind of news videos that consistently draw viewers. "All of us are trying to find out what is beyond novelty videos that people really enjoy consuming," Roy says in the session.

The BBC is learning on a story by story basis about the consumer appetite for news videos, though behind-the-scenes clips on how news is gathered are started to become popular, he adds.

September 04 2012

20:18

Publishers Becoming Content Hubs, Says Taboola CEO

LONDON - Online video viewers are increasingly "stumbling across" videos rather than searching them out, a habit that puts a greater premium for tech companies on surfacing videos for those consumers, says Adam Singolda, CEO of video discovery and distribution service Taboola, during a Beet.TV panel at the Beet.TV Video News Summit at the Financial Times this summer.

Singolda talked about the notion of content being king and said that the saying only applies if there is still a kingdom for video. Taboola aims to create "kingdoms" by crafting hubs of videos for different publishers, he explains in this video session. "If you read an article on WSJ.com, we might show you a video from Yahoo, so that builds a system where everything is connected," he says. That strategy serves to link publishers together in a way that makes sense for the user, he adds.  

Daisy Whitney

 

August 15 2012

16:32

Webcasting Graphic, War Video from Syria, Bambuser Plans Product Offering for Broadcasters, Marketers

LONDON - Stockholm-based Bambuser, the creator of a mobile video App and distribution platform, which has become widely used by activists in the Arab Spring, and today is streaming (graphic) videos of the conflict in Syria, hopes to grow its business by providing a "white label solution" to broadcasters and other enterprises says Hans Eriksson, Executive Chairman in this segment from the Beet.TV video journalism summit at the Financial Times.

Bambuser's first global media client is the Associated Press, as we reported earlier this year.

Andy Plesser

 

 

July 31 2012

20:37

"Apple is Lining Up a Sneak Attack" on Television, Brightcove's Whatcott

LONDON - Apple is preparing a "sneak attack," a profound change to television consumption with the introduction of a "dual app" scenario. These new apps, on the iPad or iPhone, will run the entire television experience, says Jeff Whatcott, Chief Marketing Officer of Brightcove, the big, Boston-based video services company.

Whatcott made his comments during our video journalism summit at the Financial Times headquarters in London last month.

For how Brightcove is addressing the emerging opportunities around these dual screen apps, we interviewed Brightcove CEO Jeremy Allaire.

Andy Plesser

Disclosure:  Brightcove co-sponsored the London event.

 

 

July 29 2012

21:18

Open Data is Essential to the Video News Business, CNN's Peter Bale

LONDON - Open data around video news is essential to the growth of the digital news business, says Peter Bale, General Manager of CNN International Digital, in this segment from the recent Beet.TV video journalism summit in London held at the offices of the Financial Times.

While open as becoming more widespread around text,notably with The Guardian, it is essential for multimedia, he says.

Andy Plesser

 

 

July 26 2012

01:49

Britain's Sky News Introduces Timeshifting via the iPad

LONDON - Sky News, the satellite news channel in Great Britain, has introduced the functionality for viewers to timeshift live programming via its iPad app, says Rob Owers, Producer/Team Leader for the iPad at Sky, in this segment from our recent video journalism summit at the offices of the Financial Times.

Viewers can review and share video content up to seven days past the original air date, he says in this video.

Timeshifting has been introduced recently to some live news channels via London-based Livestation, as we reported last month

SnappyTV, a small San Francisco start-up has provided its time shifting and sharing  technology to Turner Sports.  Big live streaming sites including Livestation and Ustream have provided users to time shift and share live programming for some time.

Owers says the the time shifting functionality of the Sky News app was created in-house.

Andy Plesser

 

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