Infographic: People really hate video buffering

Tired of those interruptions with spinning wheels and progress bars while you’re watching online video? You aren’t alone: Videos without buffering are watched twice as long as videos with unwelcome breaks, and viewers are 54 percent less likely to return if they experience video buffering.

Conviva Raises $15M to Improve Live Video Streaming

Content companies are dealing with an influx of viewers tuning into live video online, with the number of livestreams growing more than 600 percent over the last year. To help ease the pain of delivery, Conviva has raised another $15 million for its management platform.

Vid-Biz: Netflix Traffic, BitTorrent Piracy, 3-D TV

Today on the Net: Netflix edged out Hulu in terms of overall web traffic according to comScore, admins of BitTorrent site are charged in a $1.25 billion copyright infringement suit and 3-D TV is going to be huge by 2015.

Vid-Biz: Comcast-NBC, Verizon FiOS, Ooyala

Comcast-NBC Deal Lets FCC Seek Web-TV Concessions; U.S. regulators may use their veto power over Comcast Corp.’s planned purchase of NBC Universal to demand concessions that help Web startups. (Bloomberg)
FiOS To Offer YouTube, Net Radio; Verizon’s FiOS TV service has signed new deals that, it says, make it the first TV provider to offer both YouTube and Internet radio on the TV screen. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Ooyala Integrates YouTube Access For Customers; the online video management firm has unveiled a new feature that allows customers to add videos from YouTube to their Backlot account and then have them displayed right alongside their own videos in the Ooyala player. (VideoNuze)
DirecTV, Dish Team On Interactive Ads With ‘ASAP’; DirecTV and Dish may be fighting tooth and nail for subscribers, but they have partnered up to try to sell interactive TV advertising to big-budget marketers by proffering a combined footprint of almost 30 million U.S. households. (Multichannel News)
TV Nets Turn to Conviva to Micro-manage User Bandwidth; the Conviva software, which both resides in the head-end and is embedded in the users video player, can determine the bandwidth needs of individual users based on connection speed and local processing power. (Beet.TV)
SlingCommunity Shutting Down; years of SlingCommunity content — including 215,000 posts — will vanish and the URL will begin redirecting all traffic to (Zatz Not Funny!)
Facebook Added to TubeMogul’s Supported Sites; the option to upload a video to a Facebook account can be found on the same page of the upload tool as other supported sites, and is available to all users. (TubeMogul blog)

Adobe Teams Up With Conviva for Better Flash Video Delivery

Adobe (s ADBE) is announcing a strategic partnership with Conviva today that aims to improve Flash video streaming through advanced analytics and CDN optimization.
Conviva’s technology works by offering a real-time view into how certain video streams are performing and adjusts those streams as necessary, enabling media companies to balance delivery across multiple CDNs based on cost and performance. As a result, its customers can provide a better user experience at a lower cost than if they just used a single CDN without Conviva’s help. By integrating Adobe’s Flash with the Conviva media control platform, media companies will better be able to support large, highly scalable live and on-demand online video deployments.
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Former CDN Founder Launches Plan to Disrupt the CDN Market

3Crowd Technologies, the new startup from BitGravity co-founder Barrett Lyon, has come out of stealth with new products that the company believes will help revolutionize the price structure of streaming video online, making it affordable to video publishers to deliver content to massive audiences. Launching with its new CrowdMonitor and CrowdDirector products, 3Crowd says it can blend multiple CDNs into a single cloud-based delivery platform.

Lyon’s last gig was as CTO and co-founder of CDN startup BitGravity, which specialized in providing very high-quality live and on-demand video. But despite that background (or perhaps because of it,) Lyon says he’s now looking for ways to further commoditize an already heavily commoditized market. His plan is to offer a way for video publishers to easily balance multiple CDNs based upon price and quality of performance.

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New Conviva CEO Comes From Big Media

How about this for jumping straight from the frying pan into the fire? After working with Conviva on a number of live-streaming events at his old employer, former NBC (s GE) CTO Darren Feher has joined the startup as its new president and chief executive. NBC Sports has leveraged Conviva’s technology for a number of its live-streaming events over the past year, including the broadcaster’s online coverage of the 2009 Masters Tournament, Wimbledon, and NFL Sunday Night Football. And it’s already announced that Conviva will be part of its 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics “Dream Team.”

So it’s become Feher’s job to get the message out as to how Conviva can help media companies to deliver better streams by using some of his own experience. “Content companies often have no idea how often they get an interrupted play,” Feher said in an interview with NewTeeVee. “When you get to 1 million concurrent streams and more, there’s often a large percentage of streams that have problems.” On average, he said that about one-quarter of streams have some form of streaming problem or another, whether it be buffering, high levels of latency or just plain jittery video quality. So how does Conviva help?

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