Video-sharing site Vimeo announced this week that it’s now hosting more than 1 million videos — 100,000 of which are in HD. That’s a lot of HD, which adds a lot of costs to the IAC-backed business that Barry Diller recently said wasn’t big enough to attract serious ad revenue. Vimeo has a loyal and growing fan base, but will it pay up for the Vimeo Plus premium service the site aims to launch later this month?
Proof that things are changing in online video: the TechCrunch conference has a Hollywood panel. Here are my notes. They’re a mix of quotes and paraphrase.
VideoSurf launches a video search engine today, something consumers haven’t shown much interest in. But the computer vision technology and interface for this one is great.
YouTube will add a new analytics service called Hot Spots this week or next, aimed to help video creators drill down into their videos to see what parts are most popular. As we understand it, the service would tell you things like when people drop off (a.k.a. your video is too long) and when people rewatch a certain portion over and over (a.k.a. you should have put that in slow-mo).
iTunes will offer HD versions of TV episodes for $2.99, and start selling NBC shows again, is the word from the special Apple event today in San Francisco.
Some of the most popular iPhone apps are going to embed ads as a way to make money. Expect a gusher of free apps to hit the market.
Recommendation services, especially for online video, are a dime a dozen these days. But here’s one that’s a bit different: beeTV, which launched at DEMO today, is a content recommendation platform for TV operators that compiles a personalized channel of VOD content for each of that operator’s customers.
And hey, this is neat: The company’s tech team is led by Gavin Potter, who was recently profiled in Wired magazine for being “Just a guy in a garage” (his actual handle), albeit one who was kicking ass on the Netflix Prize (the DVD rental company’s open bounty to improve its recommendation system by 10 percent).
Yahoo!’s oneSearch will provide Web services relating to topics including news, finance, weather and access to its Flickr photos. The deal replaces a 2001 agreement where Yahoo! split revenue with AT&T when its customers signed up for broadband computer Internet services.
I’m at the TechCrunch50 conference right now, where Ashton Kutcher is presenting his web startup. Not only is this one a celebrity-driven startup, but it’s about celebrities. It’s an animated web video show with interactive elements called Blah Girls.
Software testing provider SOASTAhas closed a $6.4 million Series B financing from Formative Ventures, Canaan Partners and The Entrepreneur’s Fund, bringing the total amount of money it’s raised to $10 million.