Vessel to shut down after Verizon acquisition
The rumours were correct: online-video startup Vessel is being acquired by telco Verizon. However, the company founded by former Hulu boss Jason Kilar will be shutting its app down as part of the deal. “The telecom giant...
October 27, 2016
Verizon may buy video startup Vessel
There were high hopes of former Hulu boss Jason Kilar’s Vessel startup when it launched as a video app that would encourage people to pay a monthly subscription to watch YouTube-style video content earlier than it was made...
September 26, 2016
Vessel adds ’Threads’ feature to boost creator/fan connections
Shortform-video subscription service Vessel has been getting some new features, including mobile-web support; the ability to sign in using Facebook and Google credentials; nested comments to make it easier to follow conversations;...
December 7, 2015
Inside Vessel and why short-form video could dominate
Fast Company has a brief, but interesting, look inside Vessel, the subscription-based video company that is trying to persuade creators, including musicians and labels, to give it a 72-hour exclusive window on new videos...
July 31, 2015
Vessel’s mission to ‘expose the music industry to windowing’
Online video service Vessel is keen to work more closely with music labels and artists, expanding its focus beyond simply offering their music videos to fans a few days ahead of YouTube. "Every musician has a passionate...
June 15, 2015
Online video startup Vessel raises another $57.5m in funding
Vessel, the online video firm that has licensing deals with major labels Universal Music and Warner Music as well as a host of YouTube creators, has announced a Series B funding round of $57.5m. Previous investors Greylock,...
April 17, 2015
Vessel opens up to the public with music exclusives included
Shortform videos service Vessel launched in invite-only mode this January, with iOS apps for people to watch videos from a range of creators, the promise of a $2.99-a-month subscription model, and a pitch to partners that...
March 25, 2015
UMG boss Lucian Grainge: ‘We want to accelerate paid subscription’
It’s not the most surprising quote you’ll read today, granted, but Universal Music boss Lucian Grainge has re-emphasised his desire for services like Spotify and Beats Music to persuade more people to pay for streaming...
February 19, 2015
Music Ally Report 358 – It’s Only Words: Digital Lyrics Get in Line
Our cover feature looks at the new ways in which lyrics are being used online – from the steady rise of Genius (formerly Rap Genius) and its new goal of annotating the entire web to Deezer’s partnership with LyricFind...
January 21, 2015
Vessel might be YouTube’s toughest rival yet (and WMG is a launch partner)
Vessel is the latest company hoping to take on YouTube in the online video space, armed with former Hulu executives as co-founders and a rumoured $75m of funding. Today, it revealed more on its strategy – and music is part...
December 17, 2014
YouTube makes Content ID more transparent for uploaders
Since YouTube introduced its Content ID feature, most of its emphasis has been on the rightsholders that can use it to claim videos using their music and make money from ads around them. Now YouTube has launched a new...
December 9, 2014
Vessel video service angling for exclusives from YouTubers
Earlier this year, former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar revealed plans for his new startup, Vessel, which is also in the online video space. Flush with $75m of funding, it seems the company is now aiming squarely at YouTube, with...
November 20, 2014