The open-source TV platform Kaltura will bring to video what Wiki brought to text. Later this year, users will be able to post videos into Wikipedia entries and modify them with Kaltura’s award-winning collaborative editing tools, CEO Ron Yekutiel says.
Kaltura’s partnership with the Wikimedia foundation will bring interactive video to Wikipedia’s 207 million unique visitors, but any site can use Kaltura’s video editing, annotating, uploading, searching, remixing and sharing functionalities. Users can also access Kaltura’s store of re-mixable video content aggregated from its member sites.
Although proprietary video platforms like Brightcove and Move Networks have landed many of the big-network clients, the industry is headed toward an open-source approach, Daisy Whitney at TVWeek reports. This doesn’t mean that Kaltura will necessarily move to the head of the line, but as online video technology is becoming a commodity, it has succeeded at distinguishing itself from its competitors.
Many networks have also developed their own video platforms and features in-house. We interviewed msnbc.com President Charles Tillinghast about the NBC embeddable player and Disney-ABC Executive VP of Digital Media Albert Cheng about ABC’s branded player. Although these internal innovations are a threat to third-party platforms, networks will likely still have to rely on outside technology to some degree, according to the reporting by Whitney.
Andy interviewed Ron at the AlwaysOn conference last month.
–Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
Update: 8.5 — Mashable reports that Kaltura has a new video plug-in for WordPress.