Move Networks in New Partnerships with PermissionTV, iStreamPlanet

Company Powering Online Video for Met. Opera, Televisa, NFL, Fuel TV

Move Networks--a Utah-based company which offers patent-pending technologies for delivering live and on-demand, HD-quality, buffering-free broadband video (its technologies are used by, among others, ABC, Discovery Communications, ESPN, Fox and Warner Bros.), and which recently announced that Microsoft had joined its Series C funding round--has formed a strategic reseller and integration partnership with Massachusetts-based interactive video application platform provider, PermissionTV. The partnership will see the companies offering an integrated platform which they say will enable customers to quickly create and deploy high-quality broadband video services--ranging from raw video to customized interactive player experiences--in hours. The companies also say their product integration will enable a deeper level of customization with third-party services, such as advertising, search, geo-targeting, commerce, subscription management and analytics (note: PermissionTV claims its platform has already enabled integrations with such providers as DoubleClick Dart, Google AdSense, Real Media OAS, Entriq, Collarity, Quigo, Hitbox and Omniture).

According to the companies, their joint solution is already being used by Fox On Demand and the Metropolitan Opera (see below). "As the leader in adaptive HD streaming technology with an impressive media and entertainment client base, Move Networks is a perfect partner for PermissionTV," PermissionTV CEO, Bob Lentz, said in a prepared statement. "Move is leading the evolution of Internet TV by transforming Web video to HD-quality experiences. With PermissionTV's SmartPlayer technology platform, we're now able to deliver on the next phase of TV 2.0--interactivity." Added Move Networks CEO, John Edwards: "Partnering with PermissionTV allows Move Networks to offer turnkey HD video solutions to a much wider array of entertainment and media companies. We expect to see a significant increase in the number of content owners deploying HD video programming in the coming months."

In other Move Networks news:

  • The company has announced a strategic partnership with iStreamPlanet--a provider of managed webcasting services and rich Internet applications--which the companies say is intended to simplify delivery of next-generation HD-quality video applications across multiple platforms. Under their so-called "open-ended" agreement, the companies plan to have a mutual referral and reseller relationship. In addition, they have co-developed customized media player templates which they say will make it easier and quicker to deploy content through Microsoft Silverlight. The templates are integrated into iStreamPlanet's new digital asset management platform, iStream Director, which is currently in trials (note: iStream Director is billed as being designed to support management of video assets from multiple sources and across multiple formats; and as offering features that make media workflow easier and more productive in five key areas: ingest and transcoding, workflow, metadata, rights management and playout/reporting). "We're very pleased to have established a mutually beneficial relationship with the iStreamPlanet team as they have an unmatched history in managed webcasting, both live and on-demand," Move CEO, Edwards, said in a prepared statement. "We are always looking for ways to accelerate the delivery of premium-quality video experiences to broader audiences. By partnering with iStreamPlanet we are able to offer turnkey HD video solutions to a new tier of customers, thus extending the reach of our technology and accelerating the delivery of Internet television to millions." According to Move Networks, the iStreamPlanet partnership will allow its adaptive stream technology to be leveraged by a much broader customer base. The companies say that they will be able to offer customers an integrated platform to support the rapid creation and deployment of rich, interactive, HD-quality video applications and managed webcasting of live events; and that their end-to-end solution will support multi-format content that adjusts automatically to the viewing platform (e.g. a laptop or smart phone).
  • The new Metropolitan Opera broadband video service that the company and PermissionTV are powering debuted October 22nd. The service--which is offered for a $14.99 monthly subscription (it also offers individual titles on a transactional basis)--makes available the Met's catalog of historic performances, as well as recent productions shot in HD, and is centered on a "Met Player" that is the result of a collaboration between Move and PermissionTV and a company, called POP, which specializes in digital marketing and technology solutions for arts organizations. The service is currently offering 120 historic audience recordings and 50 full-length opera videos, including around a dozen shot in HD; and new content is slated to be added to it on a monthly basis.
  • The company says it is working with Spanish-language programmer, Televisa, to power live and on-demand sports and entertainment programming on the latter's new Web portals, televisadeportes.com and tvolucion.com. The former offers sports content, including live and on-demand soccer coverage and extreme sports, such as motorcycle wrestling and skateboarding, while the latter offers a range of on-demand entertainment content, including primetime TV series, news programming, classic movies and telenovelas (soap operas). Move Networks collaborated with design company, Schematic, on the new portals, which are based on Microsoft's Silverlight platform. The portals are monetized via video ads, skins and banners. "This is a giant step towards making your computer as much fun to watch as your TV," Schematic CEO, Trevor Kaufman, said in a prepared statement. "With top-notch content from Televisa, a superior picture from Move Networks, a powerful platform from Microsoft's Silverlight, and a best-in-class user experience from Schematic, this new video player is truly greater than the sum of its parts." Move Networks claims to have seen a sharp increase since July in the number of international media companies interested in using its services. Other international companies that have recently tapped the company include the Channel Bee Network, which is using its services to offer HD concert footage from Somerset House in London.
  • The company has created an online HD streaming video player for "action sports lifestyle network," Fuel TV. The ad-supported player offers full-length episodes of Fuel TV's premium shows (note: each episode is made available through the player for only a limited time) and a selection of clips. Among other features, it provides fast-forward and rewind functionality, and lets end-users share its video content (including full episodes) with their friends.
  • The company has been tapped by the NFL to power a new subscription broadband VOD service, called Game Rewind. The service--priced at $4.99 for one week or $19.99 for the entire season--lets subscribers watch four games simultaneously, and offers trick-play functionality, statistics, and the ability to chat with other subscribers.
  • The company says it powered over 400 live broadband TV events in October and over 500 in November. In addition, it says that, over the course of a single long weekend beginning October 3rd and ending October 6th, it delivered 105 live broadband TV events to viewers in 192 countries, and delivered over 3 million hours of live and on-demand programming (including live college and professional sports events on such sites as ESPN360 and the season premieres of various primetime shows on Fox's, ABC's and the CW's sites), with average viewing times of 81 minutes per viewer.