Lead: Snapchat, now with 100m daily active users and a lucrative IPO on the horizon, is far more than a social media gimmick. Plus it is heavily skewed towards younger users, a demographic the music industry is finding increasingly difficult to reach. We look at how it works as a platform and where the most interesting […]
Tag: Online video
The online video business is ‘wrong’ – but is it right?
A paragraph from Fortune’s feature on the evolving online video market. “Thirty-six million people have watched ‘6 Fruits You’re Eating Wrong’, a recent video created by the team at BuzzFeed. […]
Yahoo renews Live Nation deal and picks up Ultimate DJ show
Music remains a key plank in Yahoo’s online video expansion plans, with the company renewing its partnership with Live Nation to broadcast video streams of concerts, and also picking up […]
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, benchmark and Bezos Expeditions – the personal investment vehicle of Amazon chief Jeff Bezos – participated in the round, but it was led by another Silicon Valley VC firm: Institutional Venture Partners.
Vessel isn’t saying how much the new round values the company at, but IVP’s involvement is significant given its previous investments. “We have invested in over 300 companies and 101 of those companies have gone public so far,” wrote general partner Todd Chaffee in a blog post.
Vivendi tables bid for YouTube rival Dailymotion
Who’s going to buy online video site Dailymotion? Well, from a failed bid in 2013 by Yahoo, we know it’ll probably have to be a French company, since the French […]
Messaging app Line’s revenues up 126% in 2014
The company behind messaging app Line published its latest financial results yesterday, with the app’s revenues up 126% year-on-year to ¥77.4bn ($656m). The company said that Line ended 2014 with […]
Ricky Martin debuts his new music video on Twitter
Ricky Martin was pretty excited on Twitter yesterday: “Ok gang!R U ready?HERE is #AdiosVideo HOPE u Enjoy! Bueno mi gente!Están listos para ver #AdiosVideo?Pues aquí esta!” Yes, he became the […]
Streamy online video awards include several music categories
The Streamy Awards for online video stars are into their fourth year, labeled (perhaps inevitably) as the ‘Oscars of YouTube’ within the industry, although there’s an entire sub-category of awards […]
BBC Radio 1 to get weekly show packed with YouTubers
The recent pronouncement of the death of the album by the BBC’s George Ergatoudis was seen as a blunt message to the music industry delivered on behalf of young people. […]
Game video-streaming service Twitch gets into music
Have you watched Twitch? It’s an online video service focused mainly on games: live streams of people playing games, including the increasingly lucrative world of “e-sports” (competitive gaming). It ended […]
Shutterstock launches music licensing service for online video creators
The latest photo and video library to expand into music licensing is Shutterstock, which took the wrappers off its new music business yesterday. The company is offering 60,000 licensed clips […]
comScore releases US online video rankings for September 2012
comScore has published its latest Video Metrix online video rankings for the US, with Google sites (i.e. YouTube) still far and away the leader.