The Greater Boston Internet Video Cluster

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EnjoyMyMedia Concord, MA
Software that allows consumers to “broadcast” videos and other content stored in specified folders on their home computers. (Profile)

EveryZing Cambridge, MA
Speech-to-text transcription facilitating more accurate video search on large multimedia content sites and exposing the content of these sites to search engines. (Profile 1, profile 2)

ExtendMedia Newton, MA
Platforms for creation, management, and delivery of online video, including desktop media players and systems for inserting fresh advertising in older content.

Gotuit Woburn, MA
Software that helps content owners tag video content with extensive metadata, enabling video search and navigation, targeted advertising, and personalized video remixing.

Hobnox Boston, MA
Publishing platform for interactive, documentary-style videos by independent producers. (Profile)

iMoonDo Somerville, MA
Real-time and recorded video classified ads.

LocaModa Cambridge, MA
Interactive video displays for out-of-home environments, manipulated via the Web and mobile phones. (Profile)

Maven Networks Cambridge, MA
Software for creating, managing, publishing, and syndicating Internet video, including tools for inserting various types of advertising; recently acquired by Yahoo. (News item)

MediaSilo Boston, MA
Web-based tools that help production teams centrally manage video assets and launch Web TV channels.

Nellymoser Arlington, MA
On-demand video and other rich media for mobile phones.

OurStage Boston, MA
Community website where members vote for videos and music uploaded by independent musicians. (News item)

Participatory Culture Foundation Worcester, MA
Publishes Miro, a free open-source video player that connects to free Internet video channels and plays video files in any format.

PeerApp Newton, MA
Caching servers for peer-to-peer video content, reducing the burden of P2P traffic on Internet service providers. (Profile)

PermissionTV Waltham, MA
Consumer-focused online video player platform with interactive features such as polls, playlists, RSS feeds, blogging, tagging, and e-mail-to-a-friend; hosted content distribution.

SeaChange Acton, MA
Software and hardware for digital video storage and streaming; ad insertion for broadband, broadcast, and on-demand video distributors.

ScanScout Boston, MA
Software that creates new ad inventory for online video publishers by placing relevant ads within or alongside videos.

Veveo Andover, MA
“Incremental search” software for quickly discovering Web video content from Internet-connected devices such as phones, game consoles, TVs, and personal media players. (Profile)

Visible Measures Boston, MA
Software that collects data for publishers and advertisers on the behavior of Internet video audiences—measuring, for example, where viewers stop or replay online videos. (Profile)

WheelsTV Acton, MA
More than 30 channels of free Internet video focused on cars and the automotive industry; also offers “video test drives” for car dealerships. (Profile)

Wade Roush is a contributing editor at Xconomy. Follow @wroush

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  • http://www.diginovations.com Michael Kolowich

    What a terrific list…and a tremendously exciting time for the Boston area around the internet/TV convergence!

    At DigiNovations, we’re working principally on the content side, but we’ve geared our entire business around internet TV channel implementation and web video content production. Our most visible effort was the design and implementation of Mitt TV (http://mittromney.permissiontv.com) for the Romney for President campaign, but we now run many dozens of internet TV channels for companies and organizations all over New England.

    I also author a blog called “Web Video Expert”, that focuses on what businesspeople should know about this convergence. It’s at http://www.web-video-expert.com/blog

    Michael Kolowich
    Executive Producer
    DigiNovations / North Bridge Productions
    Concord, Massachusetts

  • http://dlweinreb.wordpress.com Daniel Weinreb

    Although I think that downloading of movies is an exciting idea, David Pogue, in the New York Times, makes an argument that downloads won’t kill the DVD any time very soon:

    http://video.on.nytimes.com/index.jsp?fr_story=FRdamp254885

    Only 1/2 of Americans have high-speed Internet, and he doesn’t think that will change very soon. Most of the rest of what he says is about very practical considerations of consumers who want to watch movies; not directly relevant to what you’re talking about. (But the little film of Pogue is worth watching if only because he’s funny.)

    Anyway, thanks very much for the list of companies. It’s great to see so much activity happening right here!

    – Dan Weinreb, Common Angels

  • Jason

    Eliot Mack’s software is a game changer.

    http://www.cinital.com/

    86a Sherman St
    Cambridge, MA 02140

    877-CINITAL (246-4825)

    http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2008/01/06/a_new_script_for_moviemaking/

  • http://www.diginovations.com Michael Kolowich

    I met a really interesting new company this week — based in Wellesley — that uses internet video as an integral part of the video production process. It certainly belongs in this “Internet Video Cluster”.

    The company is called PortalVideo (http://www.portalvideo.com). The description from their site with notes in brackets from me: “Our unique transcript-based editing system [over the internet] dramatically reduces the time and cost of creating a rough-cut. Make a video edit [on any internet-connected computer] by cutting and pasting text from the transcript. Collaborate easily with clients and workgroups anytime, anywhere over the internet.”

    Michael Kolowich
    DigiNovations

  • http://www.3playmedia.com/ Tole Khesin

    Cambridge-based 3Play Media (www.3playmedia.com) produces cost-effective captioning and interactive transcripts for online video. This is essential for a few reasons:

    1. User experience: Interactive transcripts – like the one implemented here – http://www.20onfive.com/ -
    create a much more engaging and interactive experience. Users can search for or click on any word to jump to that part of the video. Users can also clip and share a specific section of a video simply by highlighting the spoken text.

    2. SEO: transcribed video is much easier to index by search engines, and thus becomes much more discoverable. However, with so much online video, only a cost-effective, scalable solution is realistic on a large scale.

    3. Accessibility: Last week’s passage of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act mandates captioning for certain types of online video, including all Internet content that also airs on TV. Accessibility requirements will likely become even more stringent in the coming years.

    4. Translation into foreign languages can really only be accomplished with a high quality transcript.