Wall Street Journal & BBC News Using TouchCast Interactive Video

TouchCast, the interactive video platform co-founded by former TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld, has been gaining traction in use by the BBC. Now it is announcing The Wall Street Journal will also use the innovative new service. TouchCast lets video producers embed interactive web elements including images, maps, web pages and other videos inside digital video, […]


TouchCast Useful To More Than Just Publishers: Schonfeld

TouchCast, the interactive video platform co-founded by former TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld, wants advertisers to start using its new video format as an engaging new ad format. The startup counts broadcasters and newspapers amongst early adopters on the editorial side. “Their people on the advertising side want access to TouchCast as well because they see […]


TouchCast Aims To Boost Video Numbers And Quality

Today online there is not enough quality video to satisfy advertisers’ demands. TouchCast, a startup co-founded by former TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld, is aiming to change that. “The editing bay is very much a bottleneck for large-scale video production,” he tells Beet.TV. “You can’t make enough video, even if you tripled your staff. “If I […]


SMG’s Social/Video Global Lead: Brands Need to “Share Shift”

Brands will be most successful in online video if they can approach budgeting from a “share shift” point of view, says Lisa Giacosa, SVP Global Social Media Director and Video Lead at Starcom MediaVest Group, in this interview with Erick Schonfeld, co-founder of Touchcast, at the recent Beet.TV executive retreat in Vieques, Puerto Rico. “I don’t mind how I reach a […]


Innovid’s Chalozin: Interactivity Multiplies Video Ad Engagement Rates

The pre-roll online video ad business is still growing. Indeed, premium video CPMs rank way higher than for display. But some think it could grow a lot larger if those ads were more than just linear streams. Video ad tech outfit Innovid helps advertisers create video ads with “calls to action”. “You can open a microsite […]


AOL’s Harnevo: The Future of Video News is a “Content Exchange”

AOL has built an enormous video syndication platform which produces nearly 900 billion monthly video views for the likes of the BBC News, ESPN, the New York Times, TIME,  and the Wall Street Journal.   This syndication play represents about 60 percent of the AOL’s 1.4 billion monthly streams and is growing quickly, says Ran […]


TouchCast’s Schonfeld: Users Don’t Want Lean-Back Video

VIEQUES, PR — Once, the web was just a textual medium. Now, video volume is multiplying to occupy faster and fatter pipes. But, still, lean-forward video consumption like that pioneered by music videos from Arcade Fire are a rarity. ‘What hasn’t really happened yet is a revolution in creation – everything we see is still […]


TouchCast Courts News Publishers With Desktop Video Suite

It’s four months since former TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld debuted TouchCast, an iPad app for injecting interactive and web assets in to linear video destined for publication on sites and devices. This week, Schonfeld tells Beet.TV the startup has clocked over 100,000 app downloads and is making in-roads in to the education market. Next, however, […]


DEMO’S Erick Schonfeld: There is No Shortage of Women for Tech Conferences

Next week, dozens of tech innovators and established leaders will take the stage in Santa Clara  for the annual DEMO conference, which will have 1000 attendees.  Contrary to recent developments which have reinforced the reputation of Silicon Valley as a “young boys club,” about a third of the DEMO speakers will be women and about […]