KIT Digital’s Shopping Spree Continues

KIT Digital has spent the last several years acquiring customers and new features by buying out competitors. That shopping spree continues, with the company announcing that it has purchased New York-based KickApps, San Francisco-based Kyte and Paris-based Kewego all for a total of $77.2 million.

Vid-Biz: Veoh-UMG, Broadcast Retrans, KickApps HTML5

Today on the Net: Universal Music Group’s appeal of the Veoh copyright infringement verdict could be a preview of Viacom’s appeal of the YouTube verdict, broadcasters are lobbying for government to stay out of retransmission discussions and KickApps added support for HTML5 in its App Studio.

Vid-Biz: YouTube Vuvuzela, KickApps and Facebook, Rumblefish

Today on the Net: YouTube adds a vuvuzela button for World Cup fans who miss the horns while watching online videos, KickApps adds an application development suite for Facebook and licensing firm Rumblefish is pitching cheap music licenses for non-commercial use in YouTube videos.

New Flash DRM Comes With Output Control

Adobe introduced a new version of Flash Access 2.0 at Streaming Media East that features the ability to utilize output controls. In other words: Some Flash content won’t play on non-authorized displays.

KickApps Poaches thePlatform’s Top Sales Exec

Social video firm KickApps announced this morning that it has hired online video sales veteran Trish Iboshi. Prior to joining KickApps, Iboshi was vice president of sales for thePlatform and one of its co-founders, spending the last 10 years helping to build it into one of the premier online video firms, even after its acquisition by Comcast (s CMCSA) in 2006.
The hiring is a big win for KickApps, which says Iboshi will oversee the expansion of its sales force, particularly overseas. She will also come to the company with a ton of media contacts, having worked with a number of media companies in building their web video strategies while working at thePlatform. According to KickApps CEO Alex Blum, part of the motivation for Iboshi joining the company was due to her excitement around its platform for social video viewing and sharing, something that clients at thePlatform were asking her for in sales meetings. “Every one of her customers was asking, ‘What’s your social strategy? What’s your social road map? How do you build players to more easily integrate social media?'” Blum said.
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Vid-Biz: Disney, Encoding.com, YouTube

Disney’s Iger Takes Big Swig of iPad Kool-Aid; on Disney’s earnings call, Iger reeled off a series of iPad uses that are either likely or already in progress, including a companion to ABC’s Lost, an ABC News app, a digital books app for Disney, an enhanced version of the popular ESPN Sports Center app and apps for Marvel. (paidContent)

Encoding.com Raises $1.25 Million From VC and Angel Investors; the funding was led by Metamorphic Ventures and included angel investors Patrick Condon, Fred Hamilton, Zelkova Ventures, Dave Morgan and Allen Morgan, and will be used to fuel sales, marketing and partnership programs. (press release)

YouTube’s Traffic Data for Music Questioned; the number of unique visitors to Warner’s YouTube’s clips appears to have more than doubled, to 47.5 million in January from 23.3 million in December, according to comScore, an assertion some are calling into question. (CNET)

ESPN Adds Online Features; the sports broadcaster is planning a new marketing campaign and new interactive features for its ESPN360.com site, which it plans to rename ESPN3.com in early April. (Wall Street Journal)

Versus-DirecTV Stalemate Continues In Carriage Dispute; there appears to be very little progress in the carriage dispute between DirecTV and Versus that has kept the sports network off of the top DBS provider for over five months. (Multichannel News)

AOL Veteran Joins KickApps Exec Team; Marc Hollander, who previously led the AOL Entertainment Engineering Group, has joined KickApps as executive vice president of technology. (press release)

Vid-Biz: Hulu Premium, KickApps, Project Canvas

Disney: “No Decisions Have Been Made” on Hulu Premium; Disney EVP Kevin Mayer says “no decisions have been made” about what kind of pay models and services Hulu is going to use, or when those will roll out. (MediaMemo)

KickApps Lands NBC for Social Video Sites; the companies struck a licensing deal that enables all of NBCU’s entertainment properties to use KickApps’ social software solution, expanding a prior relationship that focused primarily on NBC’s local media properties. (VideoNuze)

TV Makers, Retailers Voice Project Canvas Concerns; The Digital TV Group, which represents more than 100 companies including Samsung, Sony, Pace and Dixons, has expressed concern that Project Canvas is failing in its core promise to create an open, industry-wide technology standard for the service. (paidContent:UK)

Comcast To Launch Xfinity Rebranding Campaign; starting next week, Comcast will begin rolling out the new Xfinity brand — Xfinity TV, Xfinity Internet and Xfinity Voice — to customers in 11 markets. (Multichannel News)

FreeWheel Signs Up MLB As Its Newest Customer; the video ad firm now serves almost 2 billion video ads per month, doubling its volume since November 2009, and has added Major League Baseball Advanced Media to its customer roster. (VideoNuze)

YouTube Could Get Hit With Italian Broadcaster Rules; under a new decree, video sites like Google’s YouTube could be required to get government permission to host copyrighted video content, and they would also be required to get broadcasting licenses. (paidContent:UK)

EPIX Lands Cable Deal With Charter Communications; the movie and entertainment streaming network that works across your TV and computer landed its fourth cable deal, following up on other deals struck with Cox Communications and Mediacom Communications. (TechCrunch)

Battle of the Digital Media Players; Davis Freeburg takes a look at a few of the most popular software media players (and video destinations) to determine which one may be best for consumers. (Zatz Not Funny!)

Vid-Biz: YouTube, Comcast, Cablevision-Scripps

YouTube Profits Coming this Year; Google CEO Eric Schmidt tells the FT he expects YouTube to make it into the black some time in 2010. (Financial Times) Also, YouTube’s deals with Channels 4 and Five are seen as key examples of commercial partnerships that are boosting Google’s sales in the UK. (paidContent:UK)

Former Charter CEO to Lead Comcast’s Cable Business; former Charter CEO Neil Smit was appointed as the new President of Comcast Cable Communications, where he will be responsible for all business aspects of the company’s cable operations. (TechCrunch)

Cablevision And Scripps Settle Their Differences; the companies have reached an agreement that paves the way for the return of the Food Network and HGTV programming to the cable operator’s system. (paidContent)

AOL VP Jumps To KickApps; the widget maker named former AOL VP Grant Cerny as its new SVP of Product Marketing. (MediaPost)

CNN Tries on Its Edgier Side with VBS.TV Deal; VBS.TV is going to be showing some of their more newsy videos on CNN.com. (Tubefilter)

Vid-Biz: KickApps, Disney, Charter

Hearst-Argyle Taps KickApps; the social media/video platform to power “u local” UGC efforts, allowing people to upload photo and video important to their community. (VideoNuze)

Disney Eyeing Online Video Service? At a conference CEO Bob Iger says the Mouse House is considering a subscription-based online video rental service. (Nikki Finke)

Charter Communications Bundling Sports TV and Web Video Access; $10 a month extra will give subscribers a sports TV package including content on the Internet — but no live games. (Multichannel News)

Dailymotion Partners with Cinetic; agreement gives video portal exclusive rights to show one independent feature film each quarter. (release)

Obama Nominates Genachowski for FCC Chair; nominee has a reputation for being pro network neutrality. (CED)

Glitches Return to Netflix Streaming, Users Blame Silverlight; complaints of poor video quality popped up over the weekend; company says it hasn’t pinpointed the problem, and it has only impacted a small number of users. (CNET)

Charlie Murphy to Launch Web Series on Crackle; Charlie Murphy’s Crash Comedy will feature sketches and parodies from the Chappelle’s Show alum. (Hollywood Reporter)