• Video Portal Veoh Retains Equity Partners CRB To Explore Sale, Other Strategic Options

    Video Portal Veoh Retains Equity Partners CRB To Explore Sale, Other Strategic Options

    So much for the YouTube competitors. The owners of Veoh, a video portal that claims to have millions of users worldwide, has said it has enlisted the help of Equity Partners CRB to explore strategic options for the company, including a sale. “The company intends to focus solely on commercialization of its proprietary social video offerings,” owners Qlipso said in a statement… Read More

  • Qlipso's CEO Explains Why He Bought Veoh

    The long, sad tale of video site Veoh seemed to be in its final chapter when founder Dmitry Shapiro declared the company was filing for bankruptcy back in February. The copyright litigation with Universal Music Group proved to be too costly and too distracting, even though Veoh won a summary judgement in its favor. But hours before Veoh was actually about to file the bankruptcy papers… Read More

  • Where Did VCs Go Wrong In Online Video?

    Where Did VCs Go Wrong In Online Video?

    Editor’s note The following guest post was written by Ashkan Karbasfrooshan, founder and CEO of WatchMojo. Yesterday’s final implosion of video site Veoh, which declared bankruptcy after burning through $70 million of venture capital, was a long time coming. A lot of so-called smart money went into Veoh: investors included Goldman Sachs, Time Warner, Intel’s venture arm… 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

  • Veoh's Hail Mary: Spreading Video Search Across The Web With Video Compass

    As video sites on the Web struggle to find a business model that will pay their mounting bandwidth and storage bills, many of them are trying to reinvent themselves. Veoh, which has raised a total of $70 million, had to cut 35 percent of its staff earlier this month and the site seems to be losing steam. Unique visitors are down 18 percent from their high a year ago to 15.2 million… Read More

  • Veoh Lays Off 25 Employees And Shifts Focus Away From Competing With YouTube And Hulu

    In the world of Web video, either you are YouTube or you are in trouble. Today, well-funded video site Veoh laid off 25 people, the company confirmed today. The layoffs were brought on by a restructuring, as the company shifts focus away from its standalone site, says founder and now-reinstated CEO Dmitry Shapiro. Shapiro replaces former CEO Steve Mitgang. With both today’s layoffs… Read More

  • Justin.TV Is Bigger Than Hulu . . . Overseas

    Live video on the Web is starting to take off, judging by the massive jump in traffic that is witnessing. According to comScore, the live video site’s global audience saw a massive jump from 9.3 million unique visitors in January to 15 million in February, which is about the same number of people who went to Veoh and nearly twice as many as visited Of course, Hulu… Read More

  • Judge Tells UMG: No, You Cannot Sue Veoh's Investors For Copyright Infringement

    Things are not going well for Universal Music Group’s in its lawsuit against video-sharing site Veoh. First, the Los Angeles judge, A. Howard Matz, ruled last month that the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act do apply to the case, contrary to UMG’s request for summary judgment. On Monday, Veoh scored another point in the preliminary legal sparring… Read More

  • Veoh Video Compass: A Handy Automatic Video Search Plugin

    Popular video site Veoh has just released a new version of its browser plugin, Veoh Video Compass. The plugin, which is available for Firefox 3 and IE7, presents a selection of videos relevant to your search queries and the pages you browse in an unobtrusive ribbon at the top of your browser. It’s a nifty feature that seems to work pretty well, effectively adding a video search to… Read More

  • Point, Veoh. Court Upholds DMCA Protections In Suit Brought Against It By UMG.

    For those Web companies that comply by it, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is turning out to be their best friend. Last week, Universal Music Group (UMG) was denied a summary judgment by a Los Angeles court in its copyright infringement case against Veoh. (Court order embedded below). UMG wanted a summary judgment against Veoh, arguing that it could not hide behind the safe harbor… Read More

  • Online Video: Where's The Money?

    Here is the stark reality of online video: nobody is making much money and the enthusiastic projections for online video advertising going from $500 million in 2008 to more than $5 billion in five years will undoubtedly be pared back in the coming weeks as analysts revisit their numbers. (Those numbers are from August—eMarketer). The writing is already on the wall. YouTube is resorting… Read More

  • SanDisk and Veoh team up on U3-enabled flash drives

    Owners of the SanDisk Cruzer line of flash drives might be interested to learn that its now possible to launch the Veoh Web Player directly from the U3 interface that pops up when the drive is inserted into a USB port. You can use the Veoh software to schedule and download various types of web video directly to your Cruzer drive to create and ever-changing, on-the-go content library. The… Read More

  • Video Startup Veoh Cuts 18% of Staff

    Online video site Veoh is laying off 20 people, or 18% of its staff of 110. The move comes a month after Paidcontent reported layoffs in Veoh’s Russian office in St. Petersburg, which CEO Steve Mitgang says was a strategic decision rather than a financial one, as Veoh wanted to move its development staff to San Diego (where it has hired a replacement team). This round is more of a… Read More

  • 19,683 Tech Layoffs And Counting

    This has been a brutal month or so for tech layoffs. According to our Layoff Tracker, there have been 19,683 job eliminations at tech companies announced since mid-September, and we’re not even counting the 24,600 people at Hewlett-Packard who are being eliminated as a result of its merger with EDS. But only five big companies make up more than 90 percent of the layoffs: Xerox (3,000)… Read More

  • Joost Turns On Its All-Flash Website. Is Anybody Watching?

    Without much fanfare, Joost has finally turned on the browser version of its Web video service, as we noted it would last month. The new site is all based on Flash, and lets you watch old Bruce Lee flicks, Sci-Fi movies like The Fifth Element, and clips from Barely Political and Comedy Central. The Flash site comes almost exactly a year after I wrote a post pointing out that Joost’s… Read More

  • What The Veoh Decision Means For YouTube And Others

    Attorneys representing online video sites around the country are salivating today over the Veoh summary judgment decision (I know this because I’ve spoken to a few of them). In a nutshell, here’s what we learned today: If you take reasonable precautions against copyrighted materials on your service, you may be ok. And oh yeah, if you are going to get sued, try to get sued in… Read More

  • Transcoding Is Not A Crime, Says Court In Veoh Porn Case

    Finally, a judge who may have actually visited the Internet once or twice before deciding a case. Judge Howard Lloyd, a judge on the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California, threw out adult entertainment company IO Group’s 2006 copyright infringement case against Veoh today. At the time Veoh had some user-uploaded porn on its service that belonged to IO Group. Read More

  • Veoh Targets Video Ads Based On Past Viewing Patterns

    If behavioral targeting is the great hope for display advertising on the Web, can it work for videos as well? Web video startup Veoh thinks it can and is bringing its behavioral targeting advertising program out of beta today. The ads are targeted at one of nine groups, including viewers interested in action videos, cars, pop culture, sci fi, anime, and family fare. Veoh groups viewers… Read More

  • Intel Capital Invests $60 Million In Eight Startups

    Today, Intel Capital announced new investments in eight startups totaling $60 million. Below is each company, along with the size of the round they just raised. (Not all would disclose when I asked during the conference call). And while Intel led most of the investments it was not the sole investor, so the total adds up to more than $60 million. Accertify (fraud management for online… Read More

  • Veoh Raises Another $30 Million From Intel Capital, Adobe, and Gordon Crawford

    Is there room for a video-sharing site besides YouTube? Intel Capital, Adobe Systems, and media investor Gordon Crawford are placing their bets on Veoh, which is announcing a $30 million series D financing. Intel Capital is leading the round, and previous investors Shelter Capital, Spark Capital, Goldman Sachs, Time Warner, Michael Eisner and Jonathan Dolgen also participated. This brings… Read More