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Rhapsody hits 2 million paying subscribers, thanks to Europe, LatAm… and Pandora?

NewTeeVee - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 20:01

Spotify competitor Rhapsody is growing its subscription numbers in part due to a new service that's more like Pandora. So what does that mean for the future of Rhapsody?

Rhapsody hits 2 million paying subscribers, thanks to Europe, LatAm… and Pandora? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Survey: 75% of Advertisers Running Multi-Screen Campaigns

VideoNuze.com Analysis - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:57

A new survey by rich media ad provider Jivox has found that 75% of advertisers are running multi-screen ad campaigns, with 83% of the remainder planning to do so in 2014. The top reason for not currently running multi-screen campaigns, cited by 51% of respondents, was lack of technology. The survey included 130 executives at leading ad agencies.

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First Look Media revises its focus, wants to be more of a journalism lab than a standalone news site

NewTeeVee - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 14:15

Billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar says First Look Media, the new journalistic venture he is backing with a $250-million investment, will now be focusing more on a series of experiments aimed at figuring out how journalism can serve small communities of interested readers

First Look Media revises its focus, wants to be more of a journalism lab than a standalone news site originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Limelight’s Network Outage Shows The Importance Of Third-Party Performance Benchmarks

The Business Of Online Video - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:25

About two weeks ago, on Thursday July 17th, Limelight Networks suffered a major outage of their network that for some, measured 76 minutes of downtime. I got multiple calls from customers about the outage and Cedexis, a company that provides performance measurements from the standpoint of end users around the world, discussed the details of the outage on their blog. While they didn’t name the CDN, it was Limelight Networks, and the outage was so widespread that Cedexis said, “Little to no traffic was being passed at this time from this CDN. If this were a storm in the Atlantic it would get a name.” For a breakdown on the outage, visit the Cedexis blog post.

It’s a shame that Limelight had such a major outage, considering they are once again trying to get customers to think of them when it comes to being a reliable CDN with good performance. However the bigger point is not that CDNs have downtime but rather that when it comes to customers measuring performance amongst CDNs, it is crucial that they use a third-party service that takes real user measurements (RUM). On the day of the outage, Cedexis collected more than 2 billion measurements across 40,000 networks and 100 cloud and CDN providers worldwide. This type of measurement data is crucial for content owners, especially the large ones, who use a multi-CDN strategy and want to load balance amongst CDNs based on real performance data, from actual end users.

Cedexis has a platform that many content owners now use, called Cedexis Openmix, that allows them to improve the availability, latency and throughput of their content, website and mobile apps. It allows them to dynamically ingest this real user measurement data as a way to allow content owners to load balance across multiple CDNs and avoid outages. In addition to content owners, all of the CDNs now use Cedexis to compare their performance against their competitors and some even use Cedexis performance data in their service level agreements (SLA) with customers. While Cedexis may not be known by many outside of the infrastructure market, the company is quickly becoming part of the fabric of the CDN ecosystem and I would argue, the most important piece. If you can’t measure your performance, for any service, then you don’t really know what you are paying for and what you are getting in return.

More and more customers I talk to, especially the larger ones that CDNs would define as enterprise, are now using Cedexis. Founded in 2009 by two Akamai veterans, Cedexis is really starting to gain traction in the market and while they aren’t as big as Gomez, Catchpoint or Keynote, they are much more focused and have much better insight into what’s really taking place on the Internet. Gomez, Catchpoint and Keynote aren’t inside the last mile networks, don’t have buy in from cloud, backbone and infrastructure providers and take only a small number of real user measurements per day. They can’t truly compare network performance amongst CDN and cloud providers and Cedexis providers far superior data and analytics to what others offer.

If I had to make a list of the top five hottest companies right now, Cedexis would be at the top of the list. Not only because of what they are doing, and how important it is to the market, but also because they share so much of the data – for free. You can look at the results of a few of their measurements taken over the last 24 hour period here and more data is available within their free benchmarking community, which you can sign up for on this page. It’s only a matter of time before someone in the market acquires them and makes their data and methodology part of a larger platform of web performance monitoring.

Cedexis did a recent presentation at the Content Delivery Summit in May and has a really good slide deck you can download, with lots of details on how they measure, what they measure and their methodology. You can also see a video of that presentation below.


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German broadcaster next to build Netflix competitor

NewTeeVee - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:48

Netflix will launch in Germany and five other European countries this September, and local broadcasters are scrambling to compete.

German broadcaster next to build Netflix competitor originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Social media has changed the way that war reporting works — and that’s a good thing

NewTeeVee - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 08:49

We no longer have to rely solely on reports from a handful of mainstream media outlets when news breaks in places like Ukraine or Gaza, and while that has made the news environment more chaotic it has also led to some significant benefits for journalism

Social media has changed the way that war reporting works — and that’s a good thing originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Viewability: Addressing the Elephant in the Room [AD SUMMIT VIDEO]

VideoNuze.com Analysis - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 08:48

Viewability has emerged as one of the hottest topics in the online video industry this year, for good reason - video ads that aren't seen diminish the advertiser's ROI and undermine the integrity of the market.

However, the industry is addressing viewability and at the recent Video Ad Summit, IAB presented a session that dug into the details. Participants included Rob Brett (Viacom), Tal Chalozin (Innovid), David Gunzerath (MRC) and Julian Zilberbrand (Zenith Optimedia) with Matt Prohaska moderating.

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Apple is reportedly buying podcast app Swell

NewTeeVee - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 08:17

Apple is buying the iOS podcast app Swell for $30 million, according to a Recode report. The transaction, which hasn’t been confirmed by either Apple or the Swell team, looks like a talent acquisition, as the app is reportedly being shut down later this week. Swell is […]

Apple is reportedly buying podcast app Swell originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Bright House Chooses BlackArrow for Dynamic Video Ads

VideoNuze.com Analysis - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 08:01

Bright House Networks, the sixth largest cable TV operator in the US, with 2.5 million subscribers, has announced that will use BlackArrow for dynamic video ad insertion (DAI) for on-demand and multi-screen delivery. As viewers continue to embrace both VOD and myriad viewing devices - and operators make more content and TV Everywhere options available - effectively monetizing these streams is becoming more and more essential.

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Real estate convergence? Zillow to buy Trulia for $3.5B

NewTeeVee - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 05:18

Both Zillow and Trulia brands will continue since the companies claim there is little overlap in their respective customer bases.

Real estate convergence? Zillow to buy Trulia for $3.5B originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Fox Sports Digital Partners With Sporting News Media

VideoNuze.com News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 22:00

http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/fox-sports-digital-partners-sporting-news-media-159156

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HBO Pushes Web Expansion as Bewkes Battles Murdoch Bid

VideoNuze.com News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 22:00

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-28/hbo-pushes-web-expansion-as-bewkes-battles-murdoch-bid.html

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Sarah Palin Launches Her Own Channel Online

VideoNuze.com News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 22:00

http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/sarah-palin-launches-online-video-channel-1201269982/

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Apple acquires BookLamp, which was once a great book recommendation site

NewTeeVee - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 02:52

Apple has acquired BookLamp, the Boise, Idaho-based startup that aimed to provide better book recommendations based on thousands of elements of a book's text.

Apple acquires BookLamp, which was once a great book recommendation site originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Holding onto the triple play: How costs, caps and contracts will keep ISPs flush

NewTeeVee - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:48

Many ISPs will see an erosion of their pay TV subscribers as broadband provide more entertainment options. ISPs know this, and here's how they plan to stay in business while the market shifts.

Holding onto the triple play: How costs, caps and contracts will keep ISPs flush originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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VideoNuze Podcast #236 - Demise of Qplay and Xbox Studios

VideoNuze.com Analysis - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:13

I'm pleased to present the 236th edition of the VideoNuze podcast with my weekly partner Colin Dixon of nScreenMedia.

This week we discuss the demise of two online video businesses that were short-lived, Qplay and Xbox Entertainment Studios. Qplay was founded by 2 TiVo founders and backed by blue-chip venture capitalists, but lasted in the market just 6 months. Colin provides a cogent analysis of the 4 key challenges the company faced, which it couldn't surmount.

Xbox Studios was shut down for completely different reasons, and, as I wrote last week, it is just the latest lesson in how difficult it is to create high-quality, long-form content.

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YouTube’s music subscription service could be called MusicKey

NewTeeVee - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:46

YouTube is launching a music subscription service later this year -- and around a dozen domain name registrations suggest that it could be called MusicKey.

YouTube’s music subscription service could be called MusicKey originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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ComiXology starts offering DRM-free backups of its digital comics

NewTeeVee - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:59

Want to back up DRM-free versions of your comics? ComiXology will let you do that now, though the biggest publishers -- Marvel and DC -- aren't participating yet.

ComiXology starts offering DRM-free backups of its digital comics originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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PlayKids relaunches iOS kids’ video app with new content from Viacom, PBS and others

NewTeeVee - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:30

Movile's PlayKids app has found a niche for toddler-to-preschool kids' content. Now, it has revamped its app and added even more shows.

PlayKids relaunches iOS kids’ video app with new content from Viacom, PBS and others originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Is `Seinfeld` heading to Netflix?

VideoNuze.com News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 22:00

http://nypost.com/2014/07/25/is-seinfeld-heading-to-netflix/

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