Veoh getting $30 million investment from Intel and Adobe

June 3, 2021

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NewTeeVee is reporting that someone new has stepped up to pay Veoh’s bandwidth bills as it figures out its business. The Internet video portal and software maker is announcing today it has raised $30 million from Intel Capital, Adobe Systems Inc., and Gordon Crawford, senior vice president of Capital Research Global Investors.

Veoh now has $69.5 million in total investment from these three plus previous investors Shelter Capital, Spark Capital, Goldman Sachs, Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company, Time Warner Investments and Jonathan Dolgen. The Los Angeles-based company reports 28 million viewers per month, spending an average of more than 100 minutes per month.

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Guinness World Records(TM)TV Increases Online Video Presence

March 26, 2021

LONDON, March 26 /PRNewswire/ — Guinness World Records TV has this week announced an increase in the line up of portals on which its multi-language original TV programming may now be viewed. Building on existing successes with the likes of YouTube and Joost, new channels have now been added on Dailymotion and Veoh.

Over 50 clips ranging from 2 to 5 minutes are already available on YouTube with a total of over 7m views and an average viewing rate of 146k views per clip! The content is taken from official licensed GWR TV shows from all over the globe including those from RTL, France Television and Seven Australia.

Guinness World Records TV channel has been available on the Joost platform since launch and has consistently rated in the top 20 most viewed channels worldwide. The content ranges from shortform clips of 2-5 minutes right up to full 30 minute episodes from Ultimate Guinness World Records, a hosted clipshow which has been sold into over 30 territories around the world.

New plans on Veoh.com and Dailymotion include language specific channels to tie in with those territories in which the Guinness World Records brand is best known.

In addition to the mainstream Guinness World Records channel on YouTube, a new channel to specifically support the launch of its Gamer’s Edition book was launched in January 2008.

Rob Molloy, Director of Television at Guinness World Records, said ‘”Our growth in online video presence and plans to grow this exponentially in 2008 show our desire to communicate with our consumers through as many media as possible. We want them to be able to consume our content however they want and wherever they want.”

Guinness World Records TV will be exhibiting at MIP 2008

About Guinness World Records TV

Guinness World Records TV (GWR TV) produces primetime factual entertainment TV programmes in partnership with broadcasters or producers. Developing TV formats in a variety of genres which are flexible and custom-made for each client, it offers access to its entire TV archive of more than 400 hours of broadcast programming and the information featured in the Guinness World Records book.

For further information please contact Amarilis Espinoza at +44(0)2078914516 or press@guinnessworldrecords.com

Veoh embraces Hulu

January 4, 2022

Internet TV company Veoh has added shows such as The Office and House to its line-up after including content from NBC Universal/News Corp joint venture Hulu.

Veoh, which is backed by former Disney chief Michael Eisner and ex-Viacom president Tom Freston, has taken the step despite not having an official distribution agreement with Hulu.

The NBCU/News Corp online video service is still in restricted beta testing in the US, offering ad-supported programming from the pair’s studio arms plus third parties, including MGM and Sony Pictures Television.

Hulu has distribution deals in place with the likes of AOL, MSN, MySpace, Yahoo! and Comcast’s Fancast.com. Veoh’s model is rather different to these sites, however, and shuns traditional licensing agreements.

The company instead positions itself as a pure aggregator of already available online video. This approach prompted Universal Music Group to sue Veoh in September last year, a case that’s still pending.

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Joost losing steam… Veoh eventually taking the lead?

October 6, 2021

Update:

A Joost IRC user (xMattx) pointed to me the fact that Veoh was primarilly a video distribution site much like Youtube… and as such comparing it directly to Joost was unfair. So a better comparison would be with VeohTV (The TV side of Veoh):

Now… you can’t see VeohTV on the (or hardly). I guess this is what I was expecting to see last night. Let remove Joost from the equasion to see the details of Babelgum and VeohTV:

It is clear that VeohTV + Veoh TV combined trends have the lead over Babelgum… but are far behind (trend wise) Joost in the TV distribution space. But note the constant increase of VeohTV… if Joost decline and Veoh TV incline was to stay constant then they would intersect in about a year.

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I was curious to see what kind of popularity trend Joost had compared to it’s rival Babelgum and Veoh. So I turned to Google Trends to paint a picture for me. The picture depicted was not at all the one I was expecting:

As you can see Joost has been loosing popularity ever since it was announced that it had raised 45$ million dollar in funding (News C). The news about Joost new CEO Mike Volpi was not even seen as a blip on the chart (News D).

Veoh actually passed Joost in popularity at around May 15 2007 and has kept getting more and more popular ever since (with a noticeable slowdown in August and September).

I am curious to see what kind of effect the recent Joost announcement will have on it’s popularity. Google trends is not the all and be all for success measure… but it certainly is a variable to take into account.

Babelgum is clearly not a strong competitor at this point.

To be sure that Google was not leading me in the wrong direction I also checked with Alexa and got a similar picture:

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Veoh’s way with Moguls

September 13, 2021

Internet TV provider Veoh Networks appears to be the darling of big-name former entertainment company CEOs.

Already backed by ex-Disney CEO Michael Eisner, Veoh yesterday said that former Viacom CEO Tom Freston and Jonathan Dolgen, who once helmed Paramount Pictures, were among the investors involved in a $25 million third round of venture capital financing.

Another marquee name, Goldman Sachs, led the latest round of funding.

Veoh ranked sixth on the list, three slots behind YouTube. The music giant is seeking billions of dollars in damages.

Veoh’s other investors include Time Warner, Spark Capital and Shelter Capital Partners.

The company has content deals with Dolgen’s former studio, Paramount Pictures, as well as Us Magazine, Lionsgate, PBS, NCAA Football, National Lampoon and the Ford Modeling Agency.

[Source: NYPost]

HP getting in the P2P TV game

September 6, 2021

Hewlett Packard has announced a deal to ship a P2P IPTV system with their notbooks (notably the Presario and Pavillion models) beginning in late September. The system is called Next.tv and powered by Dave Networks, a white label IPTV provider. For the launch, Next.tv will feature content from CBS, Freemantle, and Endemol. Their sneak preview also includes MGM, eye.tv, Lazy.tv, and Reality.tv as well. Next.TV has plans for a desktop version for non HP users as well.

Rex Wong, the former CEO of Applied Semantics (later Google Adsense), is the CEO of Dave Networks. Wong previously expressed a desire to do for video what AdSense did for text. Joost, Babelgum, Veoh, British Telecom, Zattoo, and Vuze are amongst the competition.

[Via techcrunch]

Universal suing Veoh

September 5, 2021

Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company, said Veoh Networks Inc., the Internet video-site operator backed by former Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Michael Eisner, infringes its copyrights. “Veoh follows in the ignominious footsteps of other recent mass infringers such as Napster,” Universal said in a complaint filed today in federal court in Los Angeles. “Veoh’s rampant infringement will not stop until Veoh, and those who own, control, and run it, are enjoined and held financially responsible.”

Closely held Veoh, whose financial backers also include Time Warner Inc., operates a Web site that allows users to post videos directly online. Eisner, whose Tornante Co. is an investor, serves on the board of directors. Last month, Veoh sought a court order that it’s not infringing Universal copyrights and that it’s not responsible for illegal postings by users.

Jackie Cavanagh, a spokeswoman for Veoh in New York, didn’t immediately return a call to her office after business hours.

Veoh said in court papers last month that it takes steps to prevent illegal postings, including blocking access or removing content that may be copyrighted by someone else. As a result, Veoh said, it’s exempt from any infringement allegations under a federal law that protects Internet service providers from such claims.

Universal Music is a unit of Vivendi SA. Vivendi shares fell 9 cents to 30.05 euros in Paris.

The case is UMG Recordings v. Veoh Networks Inc., 07-5744, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).

[Source: bloomberg]

YouTube, NBC not happy with VeohTV

July 16, 2021

No one has filed a lawsuit against VeohTV yet, but it could just be a matter of time. The service is something of a cross between YouTube and Joost, giving you the ability to surf for online videos without using a web browser.

The problem is that many of those videos don’t come from Veoh, but from sources like NBC, CBS, and YouTube. That includes full length streaming episodes of shows like 24, Heroes, and 30 Rock. And Veoh doesn’t ask for permission to distribute those videos.

The company’s argument is interesting. Since the networks and other sites are streaming these episodes for free, Veoh says all its VeohTV player does is provide a new interface for streaming the content. Any video advertising included by the content owner remains intact.

But NBC and YouTube officials tell the New York Times that they’re not too happy with the service. If viewers can access their videos without going to their web sites, they lose out on potential advertising revenue. So either Veoh’s going to have to work out licensing agreements with content owners, or we’re going to see this battle headed to court. Unless of course Veoh fails to make a dent in the marketplace. Then we doubt anyone will really care. VeohTV is still in private beta.

[Source downloadsquad]

VeohTV challenging Joost and Babelgum

June 20, 2021

Dmitry Shapiro is tired of hearing about Joost, the peer-to-peer Internet TV service launched by the founders of Skype. “Joost is your old man’s TV,” sneers Shapiro, the CEO of competing Web video service Veoh.

By that, he means that Joost is merely replicating the cable and satellite TV model using the Internet as the new pipes. He calls his competing offering Veoh TV, and is launching it later this week in a limited, invite-only beta that will become more widely available to the general public later this year. Veoh TV is backed by $40 million in funding.

VeohTV turns the hodgepodge of video on the Web into something that looks remarkably like TV by gathering all of it into a remote-controllable experience you can watch from ten feet away. You can search for and subscribe to shows and then save many of those video streams as downloads to watch later.VeohTV is free software that lets you watch and record Internet video from thousands of video sources. Watch full-length episodes from ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, YouTube, MySpace, Google, Yahoo, and thousands of others.

Finding something to watch is easy, simply use the TV-style guide, or search via keywords. You can even use a remove control. As you use VeohTV, it learns what you like and automatically recommends videos to you.

[Via business2]