Brightcove Named to 2009-2010 EContent 100

Posted by Derrick on November 30, 2009 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Brightcove has been named to this year’s EContent 100 list by EContent Magazine. Michelle Manafy, EContent’s editor-in-chief, notes that this year’s honorees “demonstrate continued leadership in the content industry, as well as those whose innovation foreshadows all that digital content has to offer.” 

The one hundred companies are honored across 12 categories – classification & taxonomy, collaboration, content commerce, content creation/production/digital publishing, content delivery, content management, content security, fee-based info services, Intranets & portals, mobile content, search engines & technologies, and social media. 

Brightcove was honored in the content delivery category, which includes digital delivery infrastructure and tools to help deliver news and content online. Brightcove was the only online video platform featured on this year’s list, which also includes other leading companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Adobe, Amazon and Apple.

Rhozet Carbon Coder Wins Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Award

Posted by Derrick on November 29, 2009 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Harmonic Inc. announced that its Rhozet Carbon Coder universal media transcoding solution has won the Streaming Media 2009 Readers’ Choice Award in one of the two Encoding Software categories.  Winners were announced November 19 at a reception in San Jose as part of the Streaming Media West conference. This year’s selection by Streaming Media readers follows last year’s recognition of Carbon Coder as a “Streaming Media Editors’ Pick,” representing one of the 10 most outstanding products for the streaming media industry.

“The Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards are the only awards of their kind in the online video industry,” said Streaming Media Magazine Editor Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen. “While other awards focus exclusively on content, this is the only awards program that honors the technology that makes it all possible, and it’s definitely the only one where the people decide who wins. And this year, more than 5,000 votes were cast for more than 200 nominees. Clearly, people care deeply about the tools they use to get their jobs done.”

“This vote of confidence from Streaming Media readers confirms that we are successfully
tackling the key concerns of how to achieve cost-effective, high-quality transcoding,” said David Trescot, Vice President of the Rhozet Business Unit at Harmonic Inc. “The Carbon Coder family of transcoding solutions continues to gain momentum in the marketplace, securing Harmonic’s position as a leading provider of scalable, enterprise-level transcoding.”

Carbon Coder is a universal media transcoding solution used by leading media companies
including Ascent Media Group, British Sky Broadcasting (BskyB), Lifetime Networks, MTV,
Yahoo! and YouTube to facilitate the creation of multi-format video for Internet, mobile and broadcast applications. Multiple Carbon Coder nodes can be configured as a rendering farm, controlled by one or more Carbon Servers, for distributed enterprise transcoding. Additionally, Carbon QC brings automated compliance and quality testing to the transcoding workflow.

Livestream Powers CruiseCritic.com’s Exciting Live Video Broadcast of Royal Caribbean’s Much-anticipated ‘Oasis of the Seas’

Posted by Derrick on November 28, 2009 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Thousands of visitors to the popular cruise and reviews site, Cruise Critic were able to get much-anticipated views of Royal Caribbean International’s sparkling new “Oasis of the Seas” as Cruise Critic editor-in-chief, Carolyn Spencer Brown conducted a live video tour from onboard the world’s largest cruise ship on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009.

With the ship due to host its first Caribbean cruise Dec. 1, Cruise Critic went live with an embedded video player on Cruisecritic.com in the afternoon after ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” kicked off the day with a two-hour broadcast that presented an overview of the vessel.

Using Livestream’s unique Livepack mobile broadcast solution to produce excellent live video quality, the Cruise Critic team was able to tour the ship, giving viewers glimpses of several of the seven themed “neighborhoods” aboard the new ship, including Central Park, Boardwalk, Royal Promenade and the AquaTheater.

“Our members loved that we could offer a detailed insight into this amazing ship,” said Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic. “This was our first ever live broadcast and Livestream made it very easy for us, providing excellent support and great service.”

“The Livestream Livepack allowed us to continue to broadcast live inside moving elevators within the ship, giving the audience an unprecedented view of the interior,” said John Schwartz, executive producer for Livestream.com.

During the broadcast, Cruise Critic members and the general public interacted live with the host, posting questions on Facebook and the Cruise Critic message boards. One viewer of the broadcast commented on Facebook: “Everything came to a standstill … had to watch… Thanks so much for taking the time to bring us closer to Oasis. 12/12 sailing for me. I simply cannot wait!”

Viewers got unique insights into the ship’s features during the broadcast from Royal Caribbean’s Lisa Bauer, senior vice president of Hotel Operations, and Ken Muskat, vice president of Sales, who were interviewed live by Cruise Critic.

The “Oasis of the Seas” video tour exemplified Livestream’s affordable turnkey mobile broadcasting package, with back-end support and cutting-edge creative vision, that allows media outlets and major corporations to harness the power of real-time interactive video streaming to engage potential new customers and strengthen relationships with existing customers.

“Live video is a vital element in the video mix offered by companies on the Internet today, and CruiseCritic.com has raised the bar for the travel industry by successfully executing this broadcast with Livestream,” said Max Haot, Livestream’s CEO.

Digital Rapids Receives Dual Honors for 2009 Broadband Video Transcoding Leadership and Strategy

Posted by Derrick on November 26, 2009 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Digital Rapids – the leading provider of tools and solutions for bringing television, film and web content to wider audiences – announced that the company has been recognized with two prestigious accolades from respected global analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. Digital Rapids has been honored with a 2009 Market Share Leadership Award in the World Broadband Transcoders Market, and selected to Frost & Sullivan’s Hot Company Watchlist for Digital Rapids’ forward-looking strategies and continued strong growth potential.

The 2009 honors mark the second time that Digital Rapids has earned dual recognition from Frost & Sullivan. In 2008, Digital Rapids received Customer Value Enhancement and Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Awards in the World Video Encoders and Transcoders Market.

“We’re thrilled that Frost & Sullivan, one of the leading analyst firms in our industry, has again recognized us for our leadership and excellence in transforming digital media content,” said Brick Eksten, President of Digital Rapids Corporation. “In this dynamic market and with the past year’s turbulent economy, customers need to know that the vendors they select not only offer superior technology, but also have the corporate strength, stability and vision to support their evolving needs in the future. Together these two accolades further validate both our current position and future strategy, and we’re proud to have achieved this while maintaining our focus on providing premium, flexible, top-quality solutions to the top tiers of the customer markets we serve. This is a testament to the talent, hard work and dedication of every member of the Digital Rapids team. We’re equally proud of our customers’ continued success and our role in helping them most effectively use multi-platform media to achieve their goals.”

Frost and Sullivan’s 2009 World Broadband Transcoders research analyzed companies providing hardware or software that transform video and audio content into the formats required for viewing on broadband-enabled devices such as Web-connected PCs, personal media players, game consoles and television set-top boxes. Target market segments encompassed in the research included media and entertainment (such as broadcasters, multi-service providers, video portals, motion picture studios, news agencies and others); user-generated content; and Internet distribution of niche material such as adult, sports and religious content.

“There are few vendors who offer an optimal range of products for the varied needs of customers in this segment, and even fewer vendors who have managed to gain a robust penetration with thousands of customers globally while striving to drive innovation and growth despite the impact of recession. Digital Rapids has achieved all of these attributes,” said Frost & Sullivan Senior Industry Analyst, Vidya S. Nath. “Digital Rapids’ diverse product line, from standalone appliances to highly customizable turnkey solutions, enables customers small, medium and large to efficiently transform both live and offline video for IP-based delivery and larger processing workflows. Combining this comprehensive breadth with multi-format support, scalability and competitive price points, Digital Rapids has achieved extensive adoption of their solutions not only domestically but also internationally. Their success reinforces that broadband video is serious business for the media and entertainment sector, and that superior compression solutions can enable seamless, high-quality video streaming while providing viable business opportunities.”

Digital Rapids’ encoding, transcoding, streaming and delivery solutions enable customers to maximize the potential of their media content when pursuing new revenue opportunities or new ways to reach their audiences. Combining outstanding performance, superior quality, scalability, cost-effectiveness and easy adaptability to dynamic customer requirements, Digital Rapids solutions have been adopted by thousands of worldwide customers of all types and sizes — from leading broadcast networks, motion picture studios, telecommunications companies, online content distributors and post production facilities to corporations, government agencies, schools and churches.