• With Vevo crossing the pond, Muzu.TV partners with Metacafe to bed down in Europe

    Who’d have thought that years after MTV went out of vogue and post-YouTube, a number of sites would still be battling it out to dominate the music video space online. That’s because online video is said to be the fastest growing market for advertising globally and music videos are potentially a big part of that story. Perhaps then it’s not just co-incidence that on the day… Read More

  • How To Make Money In Online Video

    Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of posts on the state of online video by guest writer Ashkan Karbasfrooshan. He is the founder and CEO of WatchMojo. In Search of Profits Ten years ago, web companies didn’t generate much revenue.   These days, web companies are some of the most profitable around.  Online video is where the Web was ten years ago: in investment mode… Read More

  • Metacafe Bets Its Future On The Power Of Wikis

    Remember Metacafe? That’s right, the video entertainment site which got overshadowed by YouTube’s phenomenal rise? Well, it’s now making a huge gamble on a new product direction and doing so with zero guarantees. The gamble is WikiCafe, a collaborative editing approach for video metadata. To appreciate how important WikiCafe is to Metacafe just take a look at the… Read More

  • Howcast Aligns With AOL, Metacafe, Bebo, and

    Howcast, the instructional video site founded by three ex-Googlers, today announced that it has formed distribution agreements with AOL, Metacafe, Bebo, and Howcast provides professionally produced instructional videos that range from “How to Make Sushi” to “How To Make a Water Gun Alarm Clock“. Many films come from the site’s Directors Program, which… Read More

  • Metacafe Founder's New Startup: Clear Applications

    Israeli paper The Marker is reporting (in Hebrew) that one of the Metacafe founders who recently cashed out and left has turned his attention to business recruitment technology. Arik Czerniak is now working on Clear Applications, a company that he co-founded seven months ago with two other Metacafe ex-employees, Oren Blatt and Gil Solomon. The startup is developing analytics tools that will… Read More

  • Metacafe Founders Ditch, Reportedly Cash Out Their Shares For $5 Million

    The co-founders of once-hot video startup Metacafe, Arik Czerniak (pictured with his nephew son) and Ofer Adler, have left the company and cashed out their shares for $5 million, according to an article in the Israeli paper The Marker (in Hebrew). Czerniak stepped down as CEO in February, 2007, when he was replaced by former Electronic Arts executive Erick Hachenburg, but stayed on the board. Read More

  • Chart Me Up: Web 2.0 Venture Deals

    Dow Jones VentureSource put out some data on Web 2.0 deals in the U.S. earlier this week that I’ve put together into these charts. The first one above shows how much money has been invested in Web 2.0 startups so far this decade. In 2007, venture capital poured into Web 2.0 companies at a record pace—$1.34 billion. That was up 88 percent from the $716 million invested in… Read More

  • MetaCafe Goes Mobile

    MetaCafe has announced it will begin offering video download and streaming to mobile handsets. The offering which will debut next month in Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands will also allow users to upload video directly from the handsets themselves. The new service is offered by way of a partnership with Peerbox whose solution goes beyond video download/upload to include social… Read More

  • Happy 1st Anniversary YouTube and Google; Now Move Over a Bit

    Time for another roundup, and this one coincides with a notable first-year anniversary: that of Google’s $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube, confirmed on October 9th, 2006. Since then, the name “YouTube” has become virtually synonymous with “online video sharing”. According to Comscore, the website maintains a sizable lead over competitors with 205,593,000… Read More

  • Revver: $1 Million In User Payouts In First 12 Months

    Social video site Revver has paid $1 million to video producers and their affiliates over the past year, the company says (pdf). Today also marks the service’s one-year anniversary. Revver generates revenue from pre and post roll advertisements that play in video content in their embeddable player. Revver splits revenue 50/50 with video creators after paying 20% off the top for video… Read More

  • If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join Digg

    Video sharing site MetaCafe launched a new area of their site today – it uses the Digg API to show the most popular MetaCafe videos. Viewers can sort by most dugg, highest rated, most discussed, most viewed, etc. Only Metacafe videos are shown. Digg’s video channel and Metacafe overlap somewhat, particularly for people who just want to quickly find and browse interesting videos. Read More

  • Skype 3.5 Steps Up Video Chat

    Skype is introducing a fun new way to video chat with your family and friends with the inclusion of shared video content from sites like Daily Motion and Metacafe. Skype 3.5 for Windows allows you, dear readers, to include videos you’ve downloaded from said video-sharing sites and insert them in your Skype ‘mood.’ Imagine if you will, you’re talking with your buddy… Read More

  • Metacafe Traffic Dips, Acquisition May Have Stalled

    The rumors around a possible Metacafe acquisition continue to swirl around silicon valley, with Yahoo or Microsoft being considered the most likely acquiror, at a $300 millionish acquisition price. Another potential acquiror is a rumored industry consortium looking to buy its way into the space. We’ve gotten confirmation from a number of potential acquirors that the company hired… Read More

  • Metacafe May Be Sold For $200 Million

    Metacafe, the video sharing site, is reportedly being sold for between $200-300 million. The buyer is currently unknown but there is speculation that it may be Yahoo. In July, Metacafe recieved $15 million in funding from Benchmark Capital and Accel Partners. The company was founded in 2004 and has offices in Palo Alto and Tel Aviv. We are currently calling press reps at Yahoo to inquire about… Read More

  • MetaCafe lands $15m more for filtered video sharing

    Israel based video sharing MetaCafe has announced that it has received $15 million in funding from Benchmark Capital and Accel Partners. Founded in 2004, MetaCafe uses a filtering algorithm to prescreen videos before they appear on the site. A desktop client is used to upload and download the videos, only about two dozen of which are newly approved each day. The end results of that… Read More