Vidyard raises $1.65M to get enterprise videos online

Startup Vidyard has raised $1.65 million in an effort to grow its platform for enterprise video distribution. The company hopes to take on existing companies like Brightcove and Ooyala as a way to manage, measure and monetize videos that businesses put on the Internet.

DaCast’s new SaaS business model: Streaming-as-a-service

DaCast is looking to make live streaming easier with a new offering it calls “streaming as a service.” With a flexible pricing model and easy set up, it hopes to find a sweet spot between enterprise platforms like Brightcove and free live streaming services like Ustream.

Brightcove’s IPO and the perils of online video

But those who have been waiting for the first big online video IPO might have to wait a little longer: That’s because Brightcove’s IPO will be modest in comparison to expectations many of us had for the company — and for the online video industry in general.

Former Tremor CEO founds social TV startup for sports

Tremor Media executive chairman Jason Glickman is working on a new company called Connected Sports Ventures. While still in stealth, the startup looks poised to change the way people watch sports by connecting their social activity on second-screen devices with what’s happening on the big screen.

Where to watch Farm Aid 2011 live online

Farm Aid will have an all-star lineup of musicians performing this weekend to raise money for family farms. But those who can’t make it to Kansas City, Kan., this weekend can stream it live on the web and on a number of mobile devices.

Vimeo to take on Brightcove, Ooyala for video hosting

IAC’s video sharing site Vimeo now offers a pro product aimed at small and medium-sized businesses that want to host video without paying hundreds of dollars a month to do so. Priced at $199 a year, the service severely undercuts similar offerings from Brightcove or Ooyala.

LongTail Video goes freemium with Bits on the Run

LongTail Video has launched a new freemium model for online video distribution that aims to further commoditize the white-label video platform market. With the cost of bits falling, the startup hopes to control more video distribution, which will let it cash in on more advertising.