Ryan Lawler

Ryan Lawler
Ryan has spent more than five years covering business, technology, and telecom-related subjects for a variety of publications based in New York and San Francisco. Ryan currently works as a writer for TechCrunch. CrunchBase profile →

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  • An Incubator Just For Media Startups: Turner’s Media Camp Accelerator Gets Underway

    An Incubator Just For Media Startups: Turner’s Media Camp Accelerator Gets Underway

    Earlier this spring, Turner Broadcasting announced that it would be launching an incubator, called Media Camp, specifically for startups in the media space. In March, it put out a call for applications, looking to find some startups to join its 12-week program. Now, after an extensive search, it’s ready to announce the lucky six companies that will gain access to a bit of funding and… Read More

  • Hark Strikes A Deal With Universal To Bring Your Favorite Movie Sound Bites Online

    Hark Strikes A Deal With Universal To Bring Your Favorite Movie Sound Bites Online

    Hark, the online repository for audio clips, is getting more studio content Thursday, with a deal that will bring sound bites from Universal’s film library online. Hark will get access to about 100 Universal films, which it will cut up into bite-sized audio clips and add to its sound bite library. That will include memorable one-liners from movies like Animal House, The Blues Brothers… Read More

  • Survey Says: Online Video Is Catching Up To TV In Ad Effectiveness

    Survey Says: Online Video Is Catching Up To TV In Ad Effectiveness

    Every year online video ad startup BrightRoll does a survey of advertisers to see how they’re approaching online video and what their budget plans are for the coming 12 months. And every year, respondents tend to get a little more into the whole online video thing. This year, respondents continue to be bullish on online video, in part because they’re starting to believe that it can… Read More

  • DJ Software Specialist Algoriddim Brings Video To The Turntable With vjay iPad App

    DJ Software Specialist Algoriddim Brings Video To The Turntable With vjay iPad App

    DJ software specialist Algoriddim has come out with a new app for the iPad, and man is it cool. The company already makes the incredibly popular djay app, which has been a mainstay for Mac-, iPad-, and iPhone-equipped DJs over the years. But its new vjay app adds a whole new visual element to the process of DJing, allowing users to easily create, remix, and share their own music videos. All… Read More

  • HBO Go App Lands On The Kindle Fire

    HBO Go App Lands On The Kindle Fire

    Ok, so HBO won’t sell its streaming, on-demand video service HBO GO as a standalone service to cord cutters and other folks who don’t want to pay a premium for it. We’ve established that. But for those of you who do subscribe to HBO through the typical cable channels, the cable network continues to add new devices and platforms that support it. The latest device to get the… Read More

  • How Much Would The Average Person Pay For A Standalone HBO GO Subscription? About $12 A Month

    How Much Would The Average Person Pay For A Standalone HBO GO Subscription? About $12 A Month

    Two years ago, HBO introduced HBO GO, giving fans a way to access all of their favorite programming online, on tablets and mobile devices, and increasingly on connected TV platforms. For those of us who have had a chance to use it, HBO GO is nothing short of a revelation, as viewers can watch pretty much every episode of every HBO original series ever made, as well as a pretty good selection… Read More

  • thePlatform Goes Mid-Market, Introduces mpx Essentials To Compete With Brightcove And Ooyala

    thePlatform Goes Mid-Market, Introduces mpx Essentials To Compete With Brightcove And Ooyala

    Before Brightcove, Ooyala, or KIT Digital, there was thePlatform: The online video platform was founded in 2000, long before online video was a thing. Since then, thePlatform has been mainly focused on the upper end of the market, helping cable companies, television networks, and other large media players to get their content online and on a number of connected devices. Starting at $499 a… Read More

  • Don’t Know How To Code? Use Scroll Kit To Build Your Next Website

    Don’t Know How To Code? Use Scroll Kit To Build Your Next Website

    So this thing called the Internet makes it easy for pretty much anyone to have a voice and get messages across. The problem is that building beautiful, intuitive websites typically requires some knowledge of code. New York City-based Scroll Kit is trying to change that, with an intuitive web app that allows anyone to build compelling experiences with no background knowledge necessary. Scroll… Read More

  • With More Than 2M Downloads, HotelTonight Raises Another $23M From US Venture Partners

    With More Than 2M Downloads, HotelTonight Raises Another $23M From US Venture Partners

    Last-minute hotel booking startup HotelTonight just announced that it raised a $23 million Series C round led by U.S. Venture Partners (USVP). The financing includes existing investors Accel Partners, Battery Ventures, and First Round Capital. In addition to the funding, HotelTongiht will be adding USVP general partner Rick Lewis to its board of directors. HotelTonight has rolled out a number… Read More

  • Cloud Gaming Company OnLive Adds LG Smart TVs And In-Browser Gameplay For Publishers

    Cloud Gaming Company OnLive Adds LG Smart TVs And In-Browser Gameplay For Publishers

    Two years ago, OnLive launched with a dramatic plan to upend the gaming industry: By putting game processing in the cloud and streaming over the Internet, it could enable a whole new realm of devices to access games that were previously only playable on high-powered PCs and gaming consoles. Now it’s expanding availability beyond its own desktop applications and streaming console to… Read More

  • Netflix Rolls Out Its Own CDN: Open Connect

    Netflix Rolls Out Its Own CDN: Open Connect

    Netflix announced today that it is rolling out a new CDN of its own, called Open Connect, which will reduce its costs of delivery and could improve delivery of its content. But Open Connect isn’t just about reducing its reliance on third-party CDNs like Akamai, Limelight, and Level 3 — by connecting directly with ISPs, Netflix could improve the relationships it has network… Read More

  • Meet The Next 10 Startups To Join NYC-Based Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

    Meet The Next 10 Startups To Join NYC-Based Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

    The Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator is back, with 10 new startups just announced as part of its Summer 2012 class. From political fundraising to group travel to social business referrals, the incubator has a wide range of startups going through its latest three-month program. Like other incubators, the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator is aimed at helping early stage startups get off… Read More

  • Movile Launches Zeewe TV, A New Social Video Service Aimed At The Latino Market

    Movile Launches Zeewe TV, A New Social Video Service Aimed At The Latino Market

    Movile has spent the last decade providing content to Latin American audiences primarily on feature phones through partnerships with mobile carriers. Now Movile, which is based in Brazil, is looking to target Latino audiences globally, including in the U.S. and Europe. It’s doing that with an office in Mountain View, Calif., which expands its presence in the U.S., as well as through… Read More

  • Boxee Launches Cloudee, Its Private Online Video-Sharing Service

    Boxee Launches Cloudee, Its Private Online Video-Sharing Service

    Boxee is best known for software that makes online video more accessible on user’s TV screens. Now it’s working on something totally different — helping users to take their own personal videos and making them available in the cloud. With the launch of Cloudee, the New York City-based startup is introducing a new service for users to store, access, and share their private… Read More

  • TwitchTV Gets Its First In-Game Streaming Integration, Introduces A Scholarship For Competitive Gamers

    TwitchTV Gets Its First In-Game Streaming Integration, Introduces A Scholarship For Competitive Gamers

    Launched just about a year ago, live streaming site TwitchTV has very quickly established itself as one of the top destinations for e-sports enthusiasts who want to broadcast their gaming sessions to the world. Pretty soon it’ll be even easier for TwitchTV users to broadcast their game sessions, as the company is announcing its first in-game integration. It’s also helping to groom… Read More

  • I Want My Rockify.TV: Startup Launches New Personalized Music Video Service

    I Want My Rockify.TV: Startup Launches New Personalized Music Video Service

    One interesting trend I’ve been watching over the last year or so is the intersection of social and personalization as a way to discover new videos. And, of course, how it helps users to discover new music videos. The latest entrant into the social music video discovery category is Rockify, which just launched its public-facing portal for music videos, Rockify.TV, in public… Read More

  • Sharethrough Launches A Video Portal To Show Off Ads That Don’t Suck

    Sharethrough Launches A Video Portal To Show Off Ads That Don’t Suck

    Ever want to re-watch one of those awesome and inspirational five-minute Nike ads, but didn’t know where to look? Video ad distributor Sharethrough has rolled out a new video portal that is designed to bring together all the most innovative branded ads all in one place. With the launch of Sharethrough.tv, the startup hopes to aggregate the largest repository of branded videos on the web. Read More

  • No More Mobile Overage Charges: Netflix iOS App Now Lets You Limit Streaming To WiFi Only

    No More Mobile Overage Charges: Netflix iOS App Now Lets You Limit Streaming To WiFi Only

    Mobile video is taking off, especially due to high-quality video streams available over increasingly fast LTE mobile networks. The only problem is that most users have wireless plans that include a limited amount of data usage — usually just 2GB or 5GB per month. Since movies can quickly run up data usage, mobile viewers are in a bit of a catch-22: They can now watch mobile video at… Read More

  • Vimeo Adds Customizable Music Options And A New, Cloud-Based Enhancer Tool

    Vimeo Adds Customizable Music Options And A New, Cloud-Based Enhancer Tool

    Online video site Vimeo has always sought to differentiate itself as a platform for high-quality video content. Now the IAC-owned video platform is now adding features to help creators enhance their videos and make even them more attractive to viewers. Vimeo’s latest update makes a big push around improving videos by adding soundtracks, and it’s got two main product announcements… Read More

  • TubeMogul Pitches Brand Safety With PageSafe, A Tool To See Where Ads Really Appear

    TubeMogul Pitches Brand Safety With PageSafe, A Tool To See Where Ads Really Appear

    Media agencies want to ensure that their ads are only seen in the best light… But a lot of times, the networks they use to distribute those ads don’t do a good job of distinguishing between good content or bad content, or where an ad appears. That’s why video ad startup TubeMogul has opened up a new page that will let anyone — whether it be a brand, an agency, a… Read More