Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): Vimeo, Xstream, Facebook

--Vimeo Unveils Major Redesign of its Video-Sharing Service
--Xstream Launches Facebook VOD Apps

Due to the large volume of news generated by the recent 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several more days to process all the news from the show: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us.

  • Video-sharing company, Vimeo, has unveiled a major redesign of its service. "We had three big goals in mind," the company explains on its blog. "Big Goal #1: Put a greater focus on your videos--From day one of our existence, Vimeo has been committed to making your videos look as good as possible. And so the new Vimeo shines an even brighter spotlight on the videos you upload. We started by reimagining the video page, and designed the entire user experience around it to minimize distractions and put the focus where it belongs--on your videos. Big Goal #2: Make Vimeo easier, faster, and more fun to use--In addition to increasing the visual splendiferousness of your videos, we enhanced just about every aspect of the Vimeo experience. We simplified. We optimized. We organized. We spiffed and speeded things up. We packed it with features that help you share, connect, and learn. We made sure it reminds you that taking video should be a blast and a half. Heck, even two blasts. Big Goal #3: Give you the features you want--Every day we get great ideas about how to improve Vimeo from our incredible community, i.e., you. And the new Vimeo was a chance to take your suggestions, sprinkle unicorn dust on them, and turn them into realities. We've incorporated lots of your ideas, from minor tweaks to massive features...Here are just a few of the bigger changes that will make the new Vimeo hands-down the best Vimeo of all time: 1) Brand New Video Page: Bigger videos, better tools, and new keyboard shortcuts. 2) Better Browsing: More ways to discover things you like. 3) Your 'Inbox' Is Now Your 'Feed': A whole new vibe for your homepage. 4) Following: An easier way to keep up with what you care about. 5) Better Uploading: Upload multiple files and more. 6) More Privacy Control: Better control over who sees what. 7) Advanced Search: Get specific and find what you're looking for. 8) Browse Videos With Creative Commons Licenses: Discover videos available under various CC licenses. 9) Recently Viewed + Related Videos: Handy lists of what you've seen and what you need to see."
  • Danish online video platform provider, Xstream, contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it is now offering Facebook VOD apps as part of its MediaMaker platform. According to the company, Nordisk Film is the first company to use the new apps. "Based on...Xstream's online video platform, MediaMaker, Xstream has created Facebook VOD apps that enable viewers to rent and watch movies, share with friends, comment on and chat about what they're watching in real-time," Xstream states in its press materials. "The purchase flow for payment of content is seamlessly integrated in the solution where users can pay by credit card when renting a movie. Other payment solutions, such as Facebook credit, pay by cellphone, etc., are also possible. MediaMaker encrypts the content with Microsoft PlayReady DRM or other preferred digital rights management (DRM) solutions. The customized Facebook VOD applications created for Nordisk Film will allow Facebook members within the Nordic countries to rent and view episodes of the world-known 'Twilight' saga and other content from Nordisk Film, allowing their viewers to enjoy HD-quality online video with their friends and family, directly within the Facebook canvas. The Facebook VOD apps make video easier to share, comment on, like and monetize from, and allow users to chat about what they're watching in real time. The VOD apps also empower full-screen viewing."
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