Video Industry Gossip, Live from Mountain View

I’m at the Under the Radar conference today, where the focus is entertainment and media. Some notes from the audience, the hallways, and the lunch:

  • Pluggd has switched its strategy away from podcasting (yeah, like everybody else) and is doing online video ads (yeah, like everybody else). I was impressed with the demo and will be following up. They’ve also raised a Series A round and signed media customers, both of which will be announced in detail soon.
  • YuMe Networks was a favorite in a panel where it matched up against fellow video ad providers Adap.tv and ScanScout (and also XLNTads, though that’s not a direct competitor). It won the judges’ and audience prize for its online and offline video ad placements, which the judges thought superior to online solutions that could suffer from the TiVo effect.
  • MTV is close to or has already bought social network TagWorld, we heard. paidContent had reported before that MTV invested in the company. OK, not a video story explicitly, but video had been a focus of TagWorld and it certainly is for MTV
  • Motionbox, another online video editing company looking for a business, will be introducing paid products this fall, said CEO Chris O’Brien over lunch. It will be like One True Media except all about video, with options to buy DVDs, flipbooks, and other items.
  • Holt Labs, creator of Vidmetrix, a video analytics service we reviewed a couple weeks ago, has partnered with Veoh. Veoh has displayed some welcome humility in allowing users to upload their video across multiple sites, and Vidmetrix will now help those same users register views in aggregate. CEO Bri Holt got some flack from the audience for something we’ve harped on in the past: manually entering all of the URLs for where a video is located is tedious and should be automated.
  • Visible Measures is another video analytics company, one we haven’t covered yet. It’s looking to provide tools for large publishers and advertisers to track and then adjust the effectiveness of videos. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company has raised just under $6 million from General Catalyst Partners. It says it has big “three letter” media companies using its product.
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