October 28, 2015          Multichannel News       Cisco Scoops Up 1 Mainstream
​​Noting that the lines between traditional pay TV services and over-the-top video are continuing to blur, Cisco Systems announced Wednesday that it is acquiring 1 Mainstream, a startup that specializes in cloud-delivered on-demand and live multiscreen services. (more)  


September 3, 2015    Businesswire.com       Amazon Web Services to Acquire Elemental Technologies
​​Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon company, today announced that Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire Elemental Technologies, Inc. (more)  


May 7, 2015            MadisonAlley.com         Madison Alley Announces The Mad Alley 8: Top Global Investors in Digital Video 

​Luminari Capital named Top Digital Video Specialist Investor (more)

December 8, 2014      Re/code                Five Stumbling Blocks to Mass Adoption Of Internet TV​

With all the recent hype about networks such as HBO and CBS starting to offer their shows on the Internet, the fact remains that more than 100 million U.S. households still prefer to get their TV service delivered by hard-wired cables or satellite dishes. (more)


December 5, 2014      LA Times               Pluto.TV Offers Curated Online Videos As Alternative to YouTube, TV​

Ilya Pozin's 2-year-old daughter wasn't about to abandon daddy's comfortable lap. But Pozin had to manage his successful e-cards company, so he'd entertain Paisley in his home office by playing cartoons and educational videos off YouTube on a second monitor. (more)


October 16, 2014       Forbes                 Guess Who's Leading The Online Video Revolution?

When it comes to online video, most of the attention has been on the big paydays for content startups, such as Microsoft's $2.5 billion acquisition of Mojang (maker of the Minecraft video game).  (more)


August 27, 2014       Adweek                Pluto.TV Expands Its Lineup of Web Channels...Boosts As It Takes On Traditional TV 

Pluto.TV,  a Web video hub with more than 100 channels, has added new content partners to its lineup—Complex Media, Fullscreen, HitFix, Popsugar and SpinMedia. (more)


August 26, 2014        WSJ                    Roku TV: A Smart TV That Helps You Cut Out Cable

Low-Priced HDTVs With the Brains of the Popular Streaming Box. Cutting back on cable saved me $140 a month, but the streaming services I replaced it with made watching TV a lot more complicated. (more)


August 19, 2014       Businessweek          How Roku Hopes to Move from Boxes to TVs

For several years, Roku has been making delightful little boxes that allow people to watch video streamed from the Internet to their televisions. Now the company is cutting out the middleman working with Chines manufacturers Hisense and TCL to sell Internet TVs powered by its software.  (more)


August 19, 2014       Videoink               John Legend Seeks YouTube Talent for Dance Film 'Breaking Through'

YouTube dance MCN DanceOn is helping cast an upcoming dance movie, “Breaking Through.”  John Swetnam, the movie’s writer/director, and its executive producer John Legend will work with DanceOn to select dancers from YouTuber submissions sent to DanceOn’s website, as first reported by Deadline. (more)


July 10, 2014           Mashable             Roku Beats Out Apple TV In U.S. Media Streaming

Of all the media-streaming households in the U.S., 44% of them use Roku as their primary streaming device, a new report suggests.  study conducted by market research firm Parks Associates shows Apple TV lags behind at 26%, while Netgear, Sony, Google TV and WD TV make up the remaining 30%. (more)


July 2, 2014            TechCrunch           With $2.1 Million In Funding, Fuisz Media Brings Interactivity To Video At Scale

For the past two years, Fuisz Media has been quietly developing the technology necessary to quickly and easily add interactive elements to video. Now, it’s coming out of stealth mode, with more than $2 million in funding and some interesting enterprise clients.  Fuisz Media uses computer vision to identify specific items and create differentiated experiences around them. By tagging those items, brands, advertisers, and publishers can provide in-video opportunity for viewers to learn more about products. (more)


June 4, 2014           Variety                Digital-Video VC Luminari Funds 6 Companies, Plans More Investments

Luminari Capital, a small Silicon Valley venture-capital firm focused on digital video that counts Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB among its backers, has revealed its initial six investments — and founder and managing partner Daniel Leff said he’s planning to announce more in the coming weeks. (more)


June 2, 2014           LA Times             Nigel Lythgoe and DanceOn to Launch Online Dance Shows

Nigel Lythgoe, along with the DanceOn network on YouTube, plans to launch two new online shows later this year: "Dance School Diaries" and "Every Single Step."  DanceOn, which recently spotlighted dance-centric campaigns spotlighting Michael Jackson's newest album and Jamba Juice, has sponsored or created more than 400 channels that boast 9.5 million subscribers and 1.8 billion pages views. (more)


March 31, 2014       Forbes                 Hey Cord-Cutters: Pluto.TV Launches With 85 Channels Of Free, TV-Style Internet Video

In a visit to FORBES earlier this month, Grouf showed off Pluto.TV, a web service that takes the traditional television format—live, linear feeds divvied up into shows and channels—and slaps it onto thousands of hours of Internet video.  (more)


March 11, 2014      Businessweek            Discovery Communications Backing Web-Video Service [Tapp Media] Along With Eric Schmidt

Former television executives Jeff Gaspin and Jon Klein are starting an online video service with backing from Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCA:US) and Google Inc. (GOOG:US) Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.  Called Tapp, the service will feature long and short-form programs on channels tied to specific interests such as sports, politics and faith. Each channel will cost about $9.95 a month, with discounts for annual service, Gaspin, former chairman of NBCUniversal Television, and Klein, ex-U.S. president of cable news network CNN, said in a joint interview. (more)