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May 02 2011


Skype + Qik: The Emerging Ecosystem of Asynchronous and Synchronous Video Communications

Following Skype's purchase earlier this year of Redwood City-based mobile video chat platform Qik, the combined company aims to deliver both live video calling and delivered video messages, covering both asynchronous and synchronous communications on a global basis, says Qik co-founder Baskhar Roy in this interview with Beet.TV

We spoke with him via Skype Video.

Last week, the company announced that its mobile video app was interoperable between the Apple iOS and Android platforms.

Andy Plesser



April 25 2011


YouTube Mulls Monetization Scheme for New, Live Streaming Service

SAN BRUNO, CA -- The the introduction of the live streaming platform of YouTube is nothing less than "creating a new YouTube," says  YouTube's Joshua Siegel, Product Manager for Live Streaming, in this interview with Beet.TV conducted at the company's headquarters.

He speaks about the unique demand and opportunity around the live platform and how it is being rolled out gradually, beginning with a a select number of content partners.

While monetization is not in place as YouTube evolves the service, it will likely be similar to revenue schemes for YouTube on demand programming, Siegel says.

Andy Plesser


April 22 2011


Live, Linnear Online Programming Emerging as Big Revenue Opp for Publishers, Ooyala's Lepe

While Web has video has grown primarily in an "on-demand" ecosystem, an increasing amount of programming will be streamed live online, affording publishers siginificant new opportunities says Bismarck Lepe, co-founder of Ooyala, the Mountain View, California-based digital video services company.

Ooyala is powering Bloomberg's live television programming online.  

In this segment from the Beet.TV Video Strategy Summit, held at Bloomberg last month, Lepe explains the genesis of his company with its early embrace of adaptive streaming and his views on opportunities around live programming.

Andy Plesser

Disclosure:   Ooyala was a sponsor of this conference.


April 13 2011


Obama Campaign Kick-off in Palo Alto, Live on Facebook via Livestream -- Royal Wedding Next, CEO Not Worried about YouTube

LAS VEGAS -- President Barack Obama's campaign kickoff will take place at the Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto next Wednesday and New York-based Livestream is powering the live video on Facebook, says the company's CEO Max Haot in this exclusive interview with Beet.TV

Livestream is co-producing the 8-camera production with Facebook and is managing the production out of the company's new Los Angeles offices, he says.

We caught up with Haot yesterday at the annual NAB conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  

Facebook has been using the Livestream platform for over a year.

London Calling

Livestream will also provide live video of the Royal Wedding on April 29 in partnerships with The Associated Press and CBS News, he says. 

The company is is expecting considerable bandwidth demand for these events and is making plans to manage consumption beyond Akamai, its principal content delivery network, if necessary, he says.

YouTube Live is Not a Threat

The recent introduction of a live streaming platform from YouTube has created little cause for concern, as he explains in this interview.

Andy Plesser




Avner Ronen: Live Network Programming on Boxee is a "Couple Years" Away

LAS VEGAS -- While consumption of video-on-demand on Boxee is growing with premium services including Vudu, the HD movie service, and the MLB.com, the integration of live network programming is a "couple years" off says Avner Ronen, CEO of Boxee in this exclusive interview with Beet.TV 

We spoke Ronen yesterday at the NAB conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Andy Plesser

March 15 2011


London's Livestation Video News Portal Sees Massive Traffic from Middle East Unrest....Japan's NHK Now Live

London-based Livestation, a portal which streams linear news programming from broadcasters including the BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera and a number Arabic-language programs including Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Arabiya, BBC Arabic, France 24 Arabic, has seen a huge spike in traffic to its site since unrest in the Middle East erupted in January.

CEO Matteo Burlucchi told Beet.TV in an email that traffic has surged with 50 million video views over the past eight weeks, up 560 percent over the same period last year.  A great deal of traffic is coming from the Middle East, via the Arab language services.

Live From Japan, Just in Time

In something of a remarkable coincidence, Japan's public broadcaster's English service NHK World went live on Livestation on Friday, the day the earthquake struck.   Views are trending up, Burlucci says.

Livestream shares revenues with broadcasters on its site.   Unfortunately, here in the United States, a number of sites including the BBC and CNBC are geo-blocked.  NHK works fine in the U.S.

In March in London, I interviewed Burlucci about the company. We spoke in the offices of The Guardian Newspaper. We have republished our interview.

Andy Plesser


February 18 2011


CBS News Grows Online Audience with Distributed Live Streaming

WASHINGTON -- CBSNews.com has been building a growing audience, passing ABC News and Fox News in online traffic late last year. 

Part of the success around the network's growth has been by streaming programming on popular live portals with channels on Livestream and Ustream, in addition to the network's live player.

Live programming engages an audience in a significant way, explains Mark Larkin, VP for CBSNews.com.  He says growth has always come from the video centric redesign of the site, search optimization and the deployment of social media tools.

CBS News also publishes clips on its YouTube channel.

Larkin was a participant at the Beet.TV Video Journalism Summit at The Washington Post earlier this month.

Andy Plesser

CBS is also publishing a considerable amount video on its YouTube

February 07 2011


Here's Why the AP Declined White House Video Feed and Passed on President Obama Live YouTube Show

WASHINGTON  -- The Associated Press declined to stream President Obama's 30-minute live interview on YouTube (on 1.27) since the program was shot on White House cameras, says the AP's Kevin Roach, Director of U.S. Broadcast Operations, in this segment from the Beet.TV Online Video Journalism Summit at The Washington Post.

The role of the government, business and organizations in creating television operations poses journalistic challenges for news organizations who prefer to manage news gathering on their own or via a collaborative "pool." 

Discussing this subject in this clip (in order of appearance) is Stokes Young, head of multimedia at MSNBC.com, Roach, Anna Robertson who heads of original video or Yahoo! News, and Mike Stepanovich, managing editor of the Reuters Insider.

The Associated Press is the biggest provider of news video to YouTube.   It has had some 650 million video views since the channel launched in March, Roach told Beet.TV in an interview last Monday at the AP's Washington bureau.

Andy Plesser



February 06 2011


Yahoo! Edits Biden Video While YouTube Streams Obama -- Yahoo's Anna Robertson Explains Strategy

WASHINGTON -- As a follow-up the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama sat down with YouTube for a live half hour conversation on Thursday (1.27) to take viewer questions from the public and speak with Steve Grove, head of news at Google's video site.

Also in capital, Vice President Joe Biden sat down with Yahoo!'s Anna Robertson for a 30-minute interview, where she asked community generated questions.

Unlike YouTube, which streamed the Obama interview live and in its entirety, Yahoo! chose to edit the interview into 11, 1 to 3-minute segments which were published the following day. 

The Biden interviews drove over 3 million page views and over 800,000 video views.   The most popular clip is the one in which the Vice President addresses a  spoof about him on the Onion.

The Obama interiew has driven 200,000 views on YouTube.  

"We Don't See a Huge Benefit" In Going Live

For an explanation for Yahoo's approach to taped vs. live streaming, we spoke with  Anna Robertson on Tuesday (2.1) at The Washington Post where she was a participant in the Beet.TV Online Video Journalism Summit.

A veteran of ABC News, Robertson heads original video for Yahoo! News. She explains why the Web is more suited for on-demand consumption of news programming versus live streaming.  She says, "we don't see a huge benefit in going live."

Robertson says that news is one of the most popular video categories at Yahoo!, with four of the top ten video in December being news. 

Yahoo! is ranked by comScore as the Web's most popular news destination with over 90 million unique monthly visitors.

Andy Plesser

November 04 2010


Forrester's McQuivey: Microsoft Could be "Dominant Player in the TV Business Overnight"

LOS ANGELES -- While the television industry is abuzz in anticipation over Google TV, the big story in the convergence of television and the Web could be the Xbox, says Forrester's James McQuivey, a top industry analyst.

With 30 million units installed in the U.S. and 42 million worldwide, the Xbox could become the "dominant player in the television business overnight," he told our correspondent Jamison Tilsner in this interview at the Streaming Media West show.

McQuivey notes that the integration of Kinect, which becomes available today, will provide extraordinary functionality for video viewers. 

Last month,  the Xbox controller became a functional remote control for subscribers to the AT&T U-verse.

In this interview, he speaks about the opportunities for Google TV and the serious challenges for Hulu.

Andy Plesser

Editor's Note:  Welcome Jamison to Beet.TV.  Many of you know Jamison as a founder of Tubefilter.  He is now Evangelist for Kantar Video.  We are delighted to have his contributions from time to time.  AP

November 02 2010


The NYTimes.com Goes Live Tonight with Video News and Commentary, a First

Will Frank Rich beat Keith Olbermann in tonight's ratings around the election returns?  Probably not, but in a first, The New York Times is going live from its newsroom with reports and commentary on the mid-term election.

The livestreaming will consist of 5 minute video segments every 30 minutes at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour.  The live player will be featured prominently on the home page.  The first segment will stream at 5:45 p.m. EDT. 

Although the Times has streamed a few live events, this will be the first live program created by the Times.

Tonight's program is seen as an "experiment" in live programming, says Ann Derry, Editorial Director, Video and Television. 

In this interview with Beet.TV, she says that live is closer to the news and it is something the paper may pursue.  In total, the Times will stream just 45 minutes during the evening.

Among the Times people on the Webcast will be star political reporters Peter Baker, Jackie Calmes, Matt Bai, Kate Zernike and polling guru Nate Silver.  Opinionators will include Frank Rich, Bob Herbert, Charles Blow and others.

Meanwhile at the Wall Street Journal, which has been doing daily live programming for over a year, will be a show hosted by Executive Editor, Online, Alan Murray that will stream non-stop for six hours.  Here is our report.

Andy Plesser

October 26 2010


Accel Partner's Ping Li: Biggest Video Opportunity is Around Mobile

Ping Li, a partner at powerhouse venture capital firm Accel Partners (investor in Facebook, others), says the big opportunity around video is mobile. 

He says the iPad will lead to the emergence of new sorts of video programming from the device's "use case."

While he is bullish on innovation around mobile, the one video sector he is bearish on is connected TV devices.

Accel is an investor in several online video-related companies including Brightcove, YuMe and comScore.

This segment is from the Beet.TV Online Video Roundtable held in June in the New York headquarters of MSNBC.com.   Moderating this section of the conversation is Peter Kafka, of All Things Digital MediaMemo.  The event was sponsored by YuMe.

You watch the conference right here.  This video session on Livestream has had nearly 400,000 viewer minutes since it went on demand on Livestream on June 22.  It is by far our most widely viewed live event.

Andy Plesser 

October 23 2010


No Live Streaming for TED Conference, Says Chris Anderson

While some of new crop related TEXx conference around the world are streaming their events free and live, the main TED conferences will continue to presented first and exclusively for the conference audience and not streamed live.

In our conversation with Chris Andreson, the "Curator" and head of the big global not-for-profit, he explained the downside in live streaming event, not just losing the degree of exclusivity for attendees, but limiting the impact of the presentors.

From the TED conferences are culled hundreds of stage presentations, the eighteen minute "Talks."  They are edited and published as part of an ongoing, highly successful online video web series.  We can

Andy Plesser


September 27 2010


Cisco Readying $500 Video Conferencing Gear for Consumers, Reuters Reports

Cisco, which has a high-end video conferencing business called TelePresence, will announce in October a consumer product for as little as $500 per unit, according to a report out on Reuters.

This year,  Cisco bought and integrated a lower priced product line of video conferencing gear from Norway's Tandberg. The introduction of the new line is part of the Tandberg integration.

Earlier this year in San Jose, we spoke with Cisco's Ken Wirt on the rise of "visual networking" and the role of video conferencing techology.  We have republished this video today.

Andy Plesser


September 20 2010


Program Alert: Ross Rubin, NPD's Top Tech Analyst Live at 3 p.m. ET

For the latest numbers and insights into conntected TV's, 3-D TV's, mobile devices and more, tune into our live, 30 minute interview with Ross Rubin, who is lead technology analysis at the NPD Group.

This is the first of what will be a series of live program on Beet.TV.  We will be streaming live fromt the Livestream studios in Chelsea.

You can find the live program right here, on this blog post.

Andy Plesser


Rocketboom Registers 7800 Comments During Live YouTube Show

Rocketboom, the daily topical Web video show, went live on YouTube with three, one-hour programs last week as part of the YouTube live programming pilot.

Andrew Baron, founder of Rocketboom, says that one of the shows recieved 7800 comments and that viewership was higher than some news reports as the counters for the live stream were not properly registering views. 

Last week, we spoke with Rocketboom host Molly about the experience of live webcasting the show.

Andy Plesser

September 15 2010


Rocketboom Goes "Live" for YouTube Pilot Program

Earlier this week, YouTube streamed and promoted the live shows of a few content partners including Rocketboom as part of a two-day pilot program.

Whether "live" is viable for YouTube and for smaller content producers, is is difficult to say right now, but the experience of producing live is different and exciting.

Yesterday, as Rocketboom prepared to Webcast its third live show on YouTube, we had a chat with producer/director Leah D'Emelio about the live show and the value of going "live."

We didn't see the live show and unfortunately the live programs are not available on demand from YouTube. 

For a thumbs down review of YouTube's experiment, mostly from a technical perspective, here is a post by Ryan Lawler at NewTeeVee.  Meanwhile over at Slate, James Ledbetter weighs in on YouTube's new live efforts.

Andy Plesser

Production Note:  As you may have noticed, we've been shooting in a studio for many of our segments.  We've been working out of Livestream's new Manhattan offices.  We've been tweaking our production work and this clip of Leah is the best quality yet from the studio. Check out this video in full screen on our customized Blip player.   Looking darn good!

June 21 2010


Captions for Web Vids is Growing Biz: PLYmedia in Deals with Brightcove, Livestream, Ooyala, Kaltura, others

PALO ALTO, Calif (via video Skype) -- Demand for closed captions on Web videos is increasing as publishers seek audiences in new markets.

Palo Alto-based company PLYmedia could be poised to have a big impact in the space.

In addition to the opportunity created by companies seeking to reach audiences around the world, in the United States captions on Web programming could be greatly expanded by the passage of legislation before the U.S. Congress as Brian Stelter reports in today's New York Times.

Unlike the Google translation technology which has been recently integrated in YouTube, PLYmedia creates captions in real time with a network of human translators. 

The company claims its captions are nearly 99 percent accurate.

From a human-generated caption, the company has an automatic translation service, which is not as accurate.  The company is integrated with several video platform companies including Brightcove, Ooyala, Kaltura and Livestream. 

PLYmedia will be providing captioning for our Beet.TV Online Video Roundtable on 6/22 with live translations into Mandarin, Japanese, French, Spanish and Hebrew. PLYmedia is integrated with Livestream, which is carrying the Webcast.

On Friday,  we interviewed Matt Knoff, VP of Business Development for PLYmedia in his Palo Alto office. We conducted the interview via Skype video.

The company also provides text transcriptions of videos which greatly enhance search SEO, Knoff says in this interview.

Andy Plesser, Managing Editor

June 18 2010


Multiple Streaming of Live Events Made Possible with TriCaster: "Single Streaming is so 2007"

Last week's Digitas Content NewFront conference was streamed live simultaneously  to several streaming services and sites including Ustream, Justin.tv, Revision3, Ad Age and Mediapost. 

The multiple streams, which required different encoding settings, was created in a $5,000 box called a TriCaster.  In addition to encoding multiple outputs, the device also switches the multiple camera's on the shoot.

We spoke with Philip Nelson who works for the maker of Tricaster, Newtek.  Nelson was on hand to supervise the live feed.  During a break, he told us about how the device is being used by a wide range of producers from schools to cable networks.

Also in this video, we spoke with Revision3 CEO Jim Louderback who says that "single streaming is so 2007."

Andy Plesser, Managing Editor

May 25 2010


Junk the Satellite Truck: Here's the World's First Mobile H.264 Video Encoder

Not many gadgets were on display at Streaming Media East earlier this month, but this was my favorite:  a portable battery-powered, video encoder, which we understand the to be the world's first.

The device, which can be attached to a camera, creates a H.264 file which is streamed to a CDN via Wifi or to a cellular network.. 

This sort of functionality for live streaming is currently provided by a computer connected to the camera.  Having a portable solution opens a number possibilities for news organizations, sports teams and performers.  We think this is very cool.

The device comes from Germany's TV1, a major European content delivery network.  The portable device will go on the market in North America later this year.  The price will be around $1200.

For a demo, we interviewed TV1 CEO and co-founder Michael Westphal.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

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