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Broadband Video Start-Up companies.

Posted in: Broadband Video Companies, News, Video Start-Ups, Video on Demand by Dave Parrack on December 27, 2013

Vdio is no more, with parent company Rdio deciding to shutter the online video service. The reasons for the closure remain unclear, but it seems that there just wasn’t room for Vdio in an already-crowded market. It didn’t help that Vdio took so long to move from being just an idea to being a legitimate company.

The Short History Of Vdio

Vdio was founded as long ago as 2009, with Skype founder Janus Friis investing both time and money into the venture. Friis had previously experienced failure within the online video spectrum with Joost, but Vdio was going to be different.

Vdio was first imagined as a Netflix competitor, with a streaming subscription service being the planned positioning of the company. For unexplained reasons, Vdio was turned from a Netflix clone into an online video store.

Vdio enjoyed a soft launch in April 2013 for existing Rdio subscribers, with a full launch happening in June 2013. Throughout this time Vdio was still considered a beta, which isn’t surprising given its limited life cycle of just six months.

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mixbit-logoThe mobile video space is becoming more crowded by the day. Following on from Vine and its six seconds of recording simplicity, and Instagram and its 15 seconds of recording simplicity, comes MixBit. Can this new startup compete with its more established brethren?

MixBit

MixBit is a combination of app and website. The app lets smartphone users take short videos (of up to 16 seconds in length) and offers simple editing tools. Up to 256 clips can be stitched together to form videos of up to an hour in length.

The website is where these stitched together videos are published for the world to see, though they can also be shared via Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. There are no filters and no standalone social networking shenanigans, just simple video features.

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Posted in: Broadband Video Companies, News, Video Start-Ups, Video on Demand by Dave Parrack on March 26, 2012

NowTV LogoBSkyB has revealed a little more about the on-demand TV service it’s going to start offering U.K. residents from this summer. It’s called Now TV and the company thinks it “marks he next chapter in our story.”

BSkyB

BSkyB is a satellite broadcaster 39.1 percent owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. It has been offering premium subscription services to British households for over 20 years, and millions of homes have the necessary dishes attached to an outside wall.

Sky and Virgin Media (the cable TV equivalent) have between them a large percentage of the British population signed up to premium monthly subscription plans that enable them to receive channels that aren’t free-to-air. But there are millions who haven’t signed, and likely never will sign, up.

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BoxeeIn a sign of things to come, Boxee has killed its desktop app in order to throw all its time, effort, and money behind the Boxee Box. This move brings it into direct competition with the likes of Google, Apple and Roku.

Boxee Desktop Dead

The Boxee desktop app is dead, with Boxee having pulled the plug on it at the end of January. Boxee announced the plans at the end of December 2011 when it released Boxee version 1.5. That final version of the Boxee desktop app was only available for a little over a month, and wasn’t even that brilliant.

This move attracted criticism from many longtime Boxee users, who had supported and tested the desktop client throughout its early iterations. These loyal Boxee adopters are now left with a stark choice: buy a Boxee Box or find an alternative desktop app for their video streaming needs.

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Posted in: Broadband Video Companies, News, Video Start-Ups, Video on Demand by Dave Parrack on January 31, 2012

Sky LogoBSkyB is making a serious move into the online TV market, launching its own service later this year. Yes, it will likely cannibalize the company’s own business, but it’s a very necessary step at this stage in time.

BSkyB

BSkyB is the satellite television broadcaster in the U.K. which is part of Rupert Murdoch’s megacorps. It has built a profitable business by offering pay TV subscription services to people the length and breadth of Great Britain, competing with cable providers Virgin Media along the way.

Thanks to BSkyB both snapping up top-rated U.S. imports such as Lost, Glee, and 24, and owning the rights to Premier League soccer games, it has managed to secure a place in the homes of millions of Brits.

However, the number of people signing up is slowing down, from 140,000 to just 40,000 year-on-year in Q2, with the economy being blamed on people being unwilling to make a longterm commitment. But perhaps they no longer need to.

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Zediva LogoAnother day, another innovative use of the Internet to deliver content to paying customers is killed by Hollywood. Because piracy is a much better option, obviously.

Zediva Lives, Then Withers

Zediva launched in January promising a new way of renting DVDs. Rather than sending them out by mail or selling them in kiosks, Zediva would stream a physical copy of a film from its headquarters. Customers would tap into the stream. And with 10 streams costing just $10 Zediva became popular very quickly. Unfortunately it was a short-lived success.

The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) sued Zediva, claiming copyright and licensing violations. In August a federal judge ordered Zediva offline, granting a preliminary injunction against the company. An appeal seemed on the cards, but it wasn’t to be.

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Posted in: Broadband Video Companies, News, Video Start-Ups, Video on Demand by Dave Parrack on October 31, 2011

SeeSaw LogoSeeSaw is no more, with the website now displaying a simple message saying, “Thanks for your support but SeeSaw is no longer available.” Thankfully the U.K. is being targeted as the next market to move into by other services.

SeeSaw Swings

The last few months have seen SeeSaw live up to its name. First it was being shut, then it saved by a last minute injection of cash, and now it has actually shut because that promised injection of cash from new investors never actually materialized.

This is in stark contrast to the service’s beginnings, which promised much. When Arqiva acquired the infrastructure of the dead Project Kangaroo things were looking good, with the U.K. getting its own Hulu-like service filled with old and new content from multiple broadcasters. But a lack of interest from both broadcasters and viewers eventually ended with SeeSaw dying just two years after its inception.

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