VivaKi Sees Growth in Programmatic Video Buying

LONDON – Recently, there’s been immense growth in the programatic video buying space, says Marco Bertozzi, managing director of Europe, Middle East and Asia for Vivaki. Beet.TV spoke with Bertozzi in this video interview at the Publcis Investor Day in London. The Chicago-based digital advertising solutions company, has expanded into France and Spain. Currently, VivaKi is using all cookie-based data used […]

 

Gray Digital Says Innovation for TV Is Key

CANNES – Companies that are constantly innovating and utilizing data, like Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook, are in a powerful position, says Chris Thompson, founder and director of Gray Digital Limited. Beet.TV spoke with him in this video interview at MIPTV. “The reason why mobile is really flying is because of the data that sits […]

 

Livestream Strives to Make Live Streaming Accessible

LAS VEGAS – Livestream‘s mission is to connect people and live events, says Sam Kimball, EVP of advertising and brand sales for Livestream which attracts more than 30 million viewers a month. Beet.TV spoke with him in this video interview at NAB. “We have a very sophisticated and global leading platform for streaming live,” Kimball […]

 

Ooyala’s ‘Hook’ Allows Publishers to Protect, Monetize Video for Android

CANNES – After Adobe took away the support for Flash on Android, many publishers have faced the challenge of how to play video on Android devices, says Neil Berry, VP of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Ooyala. Ooyala’s answer to this problem is Hook, a capability that can playback and monetize mobile video on Android devices. Hook […]

 

Palestinian Filmmaker Uses Digital Tools

CANNES – Mohanad Yaqubi, a filmmaker with Idioms Film based in the Palestinian city of Ramallah, says he is trying to train young generations to use new technology like Canon 5D cameras and Final Cut Pro. Yaqubi says he tries to present stories that are different from those on the news. “We think we have a different story […]

 

‘Stevie’ Puts Social Media on TV

CANNES – Stevie is using social media to create a TV experience. Pulling content from Facebook, Twitter and online video, Stevie creates television about the user and his or her friends. Users log in to Facebook and Stevie pulls relevant information from social media feeds and turns it into a lineup of shows. Beet.TV spoke […]

 

‘Thrill Me’ Recommends Movies Based on Facial Expression

CANNES – Portal Entertainment, a UK-based digital entertainment company  focused on creating immersive content , launched Thrill Me, a discovery service for finding horror, thriller, mystery and suspense content based on users’ facial expressions, this year at MIPTV. Beet.TV spoke with Julian McCrea, CEO and founder of Portal Entertainment in this video interview. In the […]

 

Zolmo Confronts Mobile Industry Challenges

CANNES – Zolmo, an entertainment company that focuses on emerging media and devices, has paired with Jamie Oliver to create a recipe-based app and with Canadian athlete Georges St-Pierre to create a fitness app. Beet.TV spoke with Ian Wharton, creative director of Zolmo, in this video interview at MIPTV. “We are absolutely just a mobile company,” […]

 

Brightcove Aims to Aid ‘Multi-Screen World’

LAS VEGAS – Brightcove, a global provider of cloud content services, is trying to remove some of the complexity inherent in providing content to the breadth of devices available today, says Chris Johnston, VP of Digital Media at Brightcove, in an interview with Beet.TV “Seven years ago, the question was, ‘How do I get video […]

 

KIT Digital’s Social Program Guide Pairs Functionality and Social Media

LAS VEGAS – KIT digital, a leading video software and services company, debuted 2Si, a suite of products for second screen, at NAB 2013. Beet.TV spoke with Alan Wolk, global lead analyst for KIT digital, in this video interview about the new app. At NAB, KIT digital showcased their social program guide which developed from […]

 

Bloomberg Revs Up Video News Operations, Publishing 200 Clips Daily

With a global television network operation in place, Bloomberg News is using video clips from its  shows as well as Web-only videos to produce some 200 clips per day,  signaling a new “digital first” approach, says Chris Berend, executive producer and head of digital video at Bloomberg, in a video interview at Bloomberg headquarters with Beet.TV […]

 

Adobe, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Others Support MPEG-DASH

LAS VEGAS – MPEG-DASH, an adaptive bitrate streaming technology that enables high-quality streaming via the Internet, received support from industry leaders such as Adobe, Microsoft and Qualcomm  at the DASH Industry Forum at NAB 2013. There, Beet.TV spoke with seven industry leaders for their take on what MPEG-DASH is doing for the industry and why […]

 

Rovi Presents HEVC Encoder at NAB

LAS VEGAS – The big news at NAB is about HEVC, a new compression format and successor to H.264, says Rovi’s Thomas Kramer, VP of product management, in an interview with Beet. TV at NAB. This new video compression standard will improve the online video streaming by providing a better experience with the same internet […]

 

Sweden’s Magine Seeks to Replace Cable Services w/ IPTV

CANNES – Magine promises TV delivery without cable, over the Internet. The Stockholm-based company gives subscribers access to cloud-based TV service. Beet.TV interviewed Michael Werner, chairman of Magine, at MIPTV. “We have developed Magine into a fully-integrated TV service,” Werner says. “We’re meaning to replace your cable network.” With Magine, watching television becomes a dynamic […]

 

Gruvi Connects Movies and Audience through App

CANNES – Gruvi aims to develop tools that drive sales of entertainment content through social media, says Ben Johnson, founder of the social technology agency in this interview with Beet.TV. Today the Copenhagen-based company is working internationally with Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. along with smaller production companies throughout Europe to create more fiscally effective […]

 

Transmedia Storytelling Targets Kenyan Youth

CANNES – Whether it be via cell phones, radio, Facebook or other websites, Melvin Alusa, director of Well Told Story, a multimedia communications project based in Kenya, says he found it effective to deliver his message to young people on platforms and devices where they already spend their time. “The way I perceive transmedia is just basically […]

 

Rovi Accelerates HEVC Technology

LAS VEGAS – HEVC technology, a successor to the H.264 video compression standard, will soon be available on DivX.com. Rovi’s tri-fold plan aims to bring HEVC into the mainstream market. By making this compression standard readily available on DivX.com, consumers will be able access technology once reserved for professionals. Users can encode, decode and playback content in […]

 

Rovi Customizes ‘TV Everywhere’ Watching

LAS VEGAS – Now that TV Everywhere has been established, the next step is customizing the TV watching experience for the individual user – what Rovi is calling ‘Entertainment Unbound’, says Andy Townsend, senior product manager at Rovi, in an interview with Beet.TV at NAB. Entertainment Unbound aims to evolve the TV Everywhere initiative by working […]

 
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