from MediaFile:

African Web video service Iroko raises more funds, targets cable TV

July 16, 2012

A store in Nairobi, Kenya selling Nollywood movies (Photo: Reuters)

Iroko Partners, an online distributor of African movies and music, has raised another $2 million in its latest round of funding from a Swedish venture capital group as it seeks to take the service to cable and satellite TV partners in the U.S. and Europe.
The Lagos, Nigeria-based company raised the funds from Sweden's Kinnevik, an early investor in Groupon Inc. Iroko previously raised $8 million from U.S.-based hedge fund Tiger Global in April as investors in emerging markets seek to tap into one of the fastest growing movie businesses in the world.

from MediaFile:

AOL, Yahoo, Demand Media set sights on the ladies

October 6, 2011

It's early October in New York which means that Advertising Week, which kicked off on Monday, is officially in full churn.   This year, the organizers of the conference that attracts all stripes from publishing outfits to retailers to ad agencies  may as well have slugged the event Ladies Week given the number of companies pitching to women.

from Entrepreneurial:

Startup adds Hollywood flare to small business videos

September 7, 2011

Small businesses have been fast to tap social media platforms like Facebook, but their efforts to provide compelling video about their products and services have fallen short.

from MediaFile:

Should media owners rethink Hulu sale plan?

August 23, 2011

BTIG's Rich Greenfield is an analyst who seems to have never met a contrarian debate on the media business he didn't like. This morning, he turned his attention towards online video site Hulu, arguing in a research note that its owners should think twice about selling the business (subscription needed). First round bid for Hulu, which is owned by News Corp., Disney, Comcast, and Providence Equity Partners, are due Wednesday and are expected to reach as high as $2 billion.

from MediaFile:

A chat with Google’s Seattle video-chat guru

July 28, 2011

If you want to be at the forefront of video social networking, Seattle is the place to be, not Silicon Valley.

from MediaFile:

Clicker.com tells you what to watch and where to find it

December 15, 2010

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As the number of TV networks and programs has exploded in the last decade, a major concern for cable companies has become how will viewers find their favorite shows among 1,000 channels. The problem has gotten even worse with the availability of more and more TV shows online, where some of the helpful network silos have disappeared altogether.

from India Insight:

Reactions from the common man

July 5, 2010

Opposition parties held a one-day general strike to protest a fuel price hike by the government. Reuters finds out its impact in New Delhi and whether Delhiites support the strike.

from MediaFile:

Hulu to charge? It’s getting closer…

April 22, 2010

Everybody loves free. But free has a price. And that price might just be $9.95 a month, according to The Los Angeles Times,  which writes that Hulu, the second most popular video site in the U.S, will soon start charging for a premium version of its site called Hulu Plus. We haven't been able to confirm the details yet (Hulu's staffers are sticking to the ol' decline to comment). But rumors of premium version of Hulu have been doing the rounds for the last year. Back in October an NBC executive said the company was experimenting with various business models, including subscription content.

from MediaFile:

YouTube has 24 hours of video uploaded every minute

March 17, 2010

YouTube, the world's most popular video site, has just revealed that a whole day's worth of online video is uploaded to its servers every single minute. That's a mind-boggling statistic when you bear in mind this site is just five years old.

from MediaFile:

YouTube: “We’re still kings of the world!”

October 9, 2009

YouTube, the video site, is celebrating the third anniversary since it was bought by Google with news that it now serves more than a billion views a day to users around the world.