AOL drops big bucks on original web video

AOL has seen a ton of growth in its video properties over the last year, and is looking to bolster that part of its business even more, with a slate of web original content designed to capture viewer attention and steal TV ad dollars.

DBG launches premium video syndication platform

New York City-based Digital Broadcasting Group (DBG) may be best know for producing web-original video content like Kiefer Sutherland’s The Confession, but now it’s getting into the distribution game and opening up its platform to allow third parties to syndicate and monetize their premium videos.

DECA Launches A Video Syndication Network For Women

DECA is expanding its available ad inventory with the launch of a new online video syndication network called Her Channel. The network was built to match up DECA’s video properties, along with those of its partners, with a wide range of publishers across the web.

Sugar Teams With 5min for Online Video Syndication

Sugar Inc. recently raised $15 million and is on the verge of expanding its stable of women’s lifestyle properties. As part of that initiative, it has teamed up with AOL’s 5min to distribute its video assets to hundreds of publishers across the web.

AOL Acquires Video Syndication Startup 5min

AOL has acquired video syndication specialist 5min Media to boost the amount of video it serves on its sites, while boosting distribution of its own video assets. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although estimates place the value of the deal at around $50-$65 million.

Vid-Biz: The Pirate Bay, ImageSpan, 5min

Pirate Bay Says Acquisition Claims Are a ‘Fraud’; operators of The Pirate Bay have denied claims that the BitTorrent search engine has been sold to Swedish businessman Hans Pandeya for $10 million. (CNET)

ImageSpan Hires New CEO, Raises New Round; Kurt Garbe, former CEO of Solution Set, has replaced Iain Scholnick as CEO, as the firm raises a funding round of less than $5 million. (VentureBeat)

5min Media Is Killing It In The Niche Video Market; 5min Media’s video platform is serving up more than 100 million views per month, and is the leading provider of online video in seven niche verticals. (Silicon Alley Insider)

Adobe Flash Support Will Be Built Into Android 2.2; Chief Android Architect Andy Rubin said Android 2.2, also known as the “Froyo” build, will have Flash support built in. (MobileCrunch)

Comcast’s Profit Rises On Ad, Subscriber Growth; for the first quarter, Comcast reported profits of $866 million, or 31 cents a share, up from $772 million, or 27 cents a share, in the year-ago period. (Wall Street Journal)

ActiveVideo Shows iPhone-Controlled Interactive TV; ActiveVideo will demo an iPhone Remote Control app that can enable gesture-based interactivity, improved navigation, search and discovery, and the ability to upload photos on the TV. (Broadband TV News)

3-D TV Will Be in Over 20M Homes by 2015; According to research from Informa Telecoms and Media, 20 million homes worldwide will be experiencing 3-D television in their living rooms by 2015. (Tech Watch)

Online Video Goes Mainstream; eMarketer estimates that 66.7 percent of U.S. Internet users watch video online each month, which it forecasts will rise to 77 percent of Internet users by 2014. (eMarketer)

Vid-Biz: Voddler, TiVo, 5Min

VOD Site Voddler Gets Another $3.5 Million in Funding; Swedish film streaming site has picked up a further 26 million Swedish kronor ($3.5 million) in funding from Eqvitec Partners, bringing the total amount raised to SEK150 million ($20.2 million). (paidContent)

TiVo: New HD Box Coming?; Janney Montgomery Scott analyst Tony Wible points out that TiVo’s $250 HD DVR is out of stock on both and, which could reflect strong holiday sales or hint that a new product launch is on the way. (Tech Trader Daily)

5Min Is a Top 10 comScore Video Site; 5Min, a small startup with offices in New York and Israel, has landed the No. 10 spot for most viewed video property, according to numbers released by comScore. (Beet.TV)

Howcast Celebrates One Million Mobile Application Downloads; since its launch in February 2008, Howcast has become an industry leader in instructional video content. (press release)

DailyMotion Seeks to Double Its U.S. Market Share This Year; Paris-based video sharing site has been making progress in the U.S., including a 70 percent jump in U.S. traffic during 2009. (Beet.TV)

Sky Deutschland Launches Sky+ VOD; German pay-TV operator to introduce a push-VOD service later this year to viewers that have a satellite receiver with built-in hard disk, which will be used to store new movies. (Broadband TV News)

Vid-Biz: Ankeena, Eye-Fi, 5min

Juniper Makes Strategic Investment in Ankeena; company also gives Ankeena access to its JUNOS Software and development platform to help MSOs, telcos and ISPs manage new media infrastructure. (emailed release)

Eye-Fi Shares Videos Directly to Facebook; wireless memory card for digital cameras can now wirelessly upload videos to the social network. (emailed release)

5min Partners with HealthCentral; the two will create a new online video health network. (emailed release)

Voddler Launches a Hulu-like Service in Sweden; offered through ISP Bredbandsbolaget, it will stream U.S. movies from Paramount, Disney and others. (Variety)

Hulu No. 2 on MediaWeek’s Digital Hot List; premium content site the only video site on the list. (GigaOM)

Televisa Takes Soccer Into 3D; Spanish language network broadcasts the game into four theaters in Mexico for 89 pesos ($6.70) a ticket. (Variety)