Category archives for: UGC

TV, movies still drive online video

User-generated content (UGC) or more broadly speaking, short-form video (from services such as YouTube and Dailymotion), has become far more than cats playing the piano, according to ABI Research. The firm notes that companies are using viral ads to extend brands and reach a wider breadth of customers than traditional media channels. Professionally-generated short-form content also allows consumers to view […]

Kilar unveils web video service Vessel


Jason Kilar, former CEO of online entertainment streaming service Hulu, has revealed further details of web video operation Vessel which aims to provide early access to the web’s best short-form videos through a low-priced subscription service. In a blog post, The First Window for Web Video, Kilar notes that over the past few months, there has been a fair amount […]

Live video broadcasting becoming the new ‘selfie’

Video and visual technologies are becoming increasingly important for interacting with customers and each other, according to information technology research and advisory specialist Gartner. The firm predicts that by 2017, live video broadcasting will be the new ‘selfie’ and recommends that product managers start creating a ‘visual’ strategy straight away to accommodate this trend. “The next generation of consumer services […]

Verizon speed boost for content sharing

Recognising that people are sharing content on the Internet more than ever, with the trend expected to continue, US telco Verizon has confirmed that its FiOS residential customers will receive upload speeds that match their download speeds, making it easier and faster to share. This speed upgrade is free to current customers, and comes at a time when people are […]

Twitter acquires SnappyTV

Twitter is boosting its video capabilities by acquiring Twitter, a cloud-based, live video platform that makes TV and live web streams social, mobile and viral. Terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed. In a SnappyTV blog, the platform says that together, the pair will create an even better platform for live, social content distribution. “When we created SnappyTV four years ago, […]

Vine TV Mode on web

Vine, Twitter’s video-sharing service, has enhanced its functionality by adding web availability. Writing in the Vine blog, Janessa Det, Engineer, says: “Today, we’re introducing a new way to experience Vine: on the web. Log in at to view your home feed and like, comment, and share videos just as you do on our mobile apps. You can also visit […]

YouTube now on Roku 3


Streaming service Roku has confirmed that YouTube is available now on the Roku 3 player in the US, Canada, the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The channel is expected to be available on additional player models in 2014. Writing in the Roku blog, Ed Lee, Vice President, Content Acquisition, says the YouTube channel rounds out Roku’s selection of streaming […]

RTL strikes BroadbandTV strategic partnership


European entertainment network RTL Group has formed a strategic partnership with Vancouver-based online video company BroadbandTV. RTL Group’s initial investment of €27 million for a 51 per cent stake is part of a planned series of investments in the company. The business partnership between the two companies creates a new platform for RTL Group’s digital strategy and allows the management […]

Facebook adds video to Instagram app


Following the launch of Twitter’s video-sharing app, Vine, Facebook-owned Instagram has announced that users will be record and share 15-second clips by tapping a video icon in the app. They can also apply filters to videos to add contrast, make them black and white or different hues. Speaking at a launch event held at Facebook’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters, Instagram […]

Don’t twitter away the news

What is social media’s relationship to TV news? That’s the question we pose in the latest issue of Euromedia, which you can read here as a digital magazine. Is it an opportunity of a threat? The answer is that it is both. Contributors to our piece take a pretty optimistic view. That’s not surprising as they are drawn either from […]

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