Telegraph.co.uk has signed a deal with video player and analytics outfit Ooyala to play the clips on its Telegraph TV section.
The site has used Brightcove since launching in 2007. Ooyala’s announcement says: “This morning at 6am GMT, they moved off of their old platform and onto Ooyala’s platform for all video delivery on the Telegraph website.” But that’s not the case – the site’s Telegraph TV videos are still using Brightcove at the moment.
Update: CTO and president Sean Knapp told paidContent:UK that was “the press release getting ahead of product and engineering”. Ooyala has been migrating Telegraph’s whole archive vids to its platform
One fascinating part of this picture – Ooyala is taking up residence in Telegraph’s new Euston Project innovation centre, run by editor Will Lewis. “They’re givings us cots and everything,” Knapp joked. “We will have a permanent workplace there – Paul (Cheesbrough, Telegraph CTO,) has been very generous.
“One of the mandates of the Euston Project is to drive innovative research and development around the media space as a whole, not just The Telegraph.”
Knapp said Ooyala has other London workspace but is siting five staff at Telegraph.co.uk’s digs, “and growing throughout the rest of the year”. “I have a feeling, given the innovation curve coming out of the Euston Project, that we’ll be spending a lot of time there,” Knapp said, remarking that Ooyala will function much like a startup at the newspaper’s office, its engineers pulling 3am shifts.
Ooyala is on a big European drive at the moment and is keen to get word out to potential clients here, having raised a $10 million third funding round in October for global expansion, so it’s understandably pleased with this client win. Brightcove owns a large number of the contracts here for third-party video player provision, so it will need more like this.
Ooyala CEO Jay Fulcher, speaking to me in October, said: