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The Year in Online Video

The Year in Online Video

By Chris Crum December 5, 2008 | 23 Comments

Now that we are in December, the final month of the year, I thought it would be fun to go back through our archives and take a look at some of the highlights of different sectors of our industry, and reflect on everything that has happened over the year 2008. January seems so long ago. So much has happened.

Joost, Meebo Partner On Channel Chat

When watching a movie in a public theater, it’s usually best not to talk.  But when watching online videos in your own home, there’s no reason not to, and Joost and Meebo have just partnered to provide a new communication option.

Joost Finally Launches – Will Anybody Care?

So Joost says that it is now finally open to the public (Liz Gannes at NewTeeVee and Kara Swisher at BoomTown have the details, including interviews with CEO Mike Volpi), after a long beta program that started as invitation-only.

Warner Bros. To Expand Digital Content

Studio 2.0, the original programming, digital branch of the Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG), has begun production on 23 new shortform series projects for broadband and wireless.

Blinkx, Joost Develop Deal With Cycling.tv

For you Tour de France fans – you fans whose favorite cyclists haven’t been booted for lying or doping, that is – there’s good news: Cycling.tv just made distribution deals with Blinkx and Joost.  But the arrangement is really intended to draw in those of you who aren’t fans.

National Lampoon Launches On Joost

National Lampoon said today that it would launch the National Lampoon channel and bring its program content to Joost, an Internet television service.

Joost + YouTube = Veoh TV

It seems like form Disney exec Michael Eisner is determined to make online video his next domain, with the beta launch this week of Veoh TV.

VeohTV Launches In Beta

Internet Television company Veoh has launched the beta version of VeohTV. VeohTV acts as a video browser and DVR for finding, viewing and managing online video.

New Google Toys

First, Google comes out about their video fingerprinting tool (we mentioned it earlier this week)

(via Barry Schwartz at SEL)

Joost Names New CEO

Internet television service Joost has named Mike Volpi as their new chief executive officer. Mr. Volpi is taking over for the company’s founding CEO, Fredrik de Wahl, who will become Joost’s chief strategy officer.

Joost Names New CEO
“Joost Names New CEO”
Joost Names New CEO
Joost Adds New Content Partner

Joost has partnered with Next New Networks who will offer three channels on the Internet television service.

Joost Adds New Content Partner
“Joost Adds New Content Partner”
Joost Adds New Content Partner
ISPs Threaten to Stall Online Video Apps

Steve O’Hear — who also writes for ZDNet on social media — has a great post up at Last100 about how bandwidth-stingy Internet Service Providers threaten to stall many online-video apps such as Joost by throttling the download speeds that their users get.

Joost Signs Deal With CAA Talent Firm

The Creative Artists Agency (CAA) represents some incredibly famous people, including Stephen King, Robin Williams, and Bruce Willis.  The CAA also represents Joost, the Internet television service, thanks to a deal announced earlier this week.

Is Viacom’s YouTube Lawsuit A Smokescreen?
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Groklaw has the whole lawsuit and response posted in their legalese glory online, and asks a question about Viacom’s involvement with Joost.

Joost Receives $45 Million In Funding

Internet television service Joost has raised $45 million in venture funding from five companies.

Networks Put Money on Joost

It may not be a $1.6-billion takeover, but Joost seems to be doing pretty well nevertheless, attracting $45-million in funding from a group of backers — including CBS and Viacom, two of the TV networks it has signed content deals with.

Joost Squeezes New Content Deals

Internet television service Joost, has announced partnerships with five major content owners including Turner Broadcasting System who will distribute content such as CNN news programs and talk shows on the online network.

Joost Squeezes New Content Deals
Joost Squeezes New Content Deals
Joost Squeezes New Content Deals