's Licensing Model Appears on Right Track

As I’ve reported here over the past weeks,, The Official Video Licensor is launching in early 2010. They hope to provide the copyright owners of videos with the ability to monetize them with licensing fees. This instead of the current generally accepted model of placing ads in front of, during and after the playing of the video.
The other way to generate revenues to charge for subscriptions to a site that plays all of your favorite videos. In veiled promises, both Youtube and Ooyala have indicated they are leaning towards pay to watch models “in the near future”.
None of the video delivery networks are yet willing to make the stand on just when they are going to start charging visitors to watch videos they serve. It’s clear this business model, one which hopes to compete in is heading somewhere. Vidli just hopes it’s towards profitability.
Some of today’s pertinent stories about video monetization, pay per view (or pay per video as Ooyala’s calling it now), and video licensing:

YouTube Is the Top Social Media Innovation of the Decade

YouTube didn’t even exist for more than half the decade, but a perfect storm of increasing bandwidth, advances in Flash, and the rise of social networks (where YouTube content could be embedded) made 2005 the perfect time for the site to make its debut. The growth was meteoric, and within 18 months, the website became one of the most trafficked on the web and the company was sold to Google for $1.6 billion

Video Monetization via Pay Per View – Ooyala Interview

I Interviewed Bismark Lepe, Founder and President of Products for the online video platform Ooyala , about how their solution also allows content providers to make money from their “premium” video content via subscription models and pay-per-video (PPV) models – or what I refer to as, “video for sale.” I caught up with Bismark after his session at the recent Streaming Media West / Online Video Platform Summit in San Jose, California, where he was speaking on the panel, Defining Online Video Platforms . As the session preview stated, “There have never been more people publishing online video, and there have never been more online video platform solutions on the market. But with so many choices, it can be confusing to decide what services are right for your online video initiatives.”

YouTube Paid Video Could Come “In the Not Too Distant Future”

YouTube is serving up more than a billion videos per day and all of them are free. That could change soon, says YouTube executive David Eun. Eun, who runs partnerships for Google’s site, confirmed earlier reports that YouTube is looking to stream movies and/or TV shows that aren’t available on the site now and won’t be supported by advertising. So someone, either consumers themselves or a sponsor who picks up the tab, would need to pay for them directly. When? “In the not too distant future,” Eun says–while leaving enough wiggle room for Google (GOOG) to avoid actually saying that it is committed to any particular plan.

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If Vidli Takes on YouTube & Ooyala, Who Wins?

. . . and tellys!
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As prepares to enter the video licensing and monetization market, they’ll find the stakes getting higher by the moment.
Recently, video site giant, YouTube has been heard mumbling they may begin to offer premium content, ala, but for a fee. To be fair, similar whispers have also been rumored to be true for Hulu as well.
Another upstarting video delivery company, Ooyala, former winner of Amazon’s Web Services Start-up Challenge has steadily built up its offerings to be a contender in both live streaming of video events as well as on-demand delivery. Earlier reviews of their services showed interesting video monetization via ad insertions as well as a number of other methods.
The question for newcomer is whether or not they will be able to jump into the fray and compete with the big boys and girls of video delivery. From the Vidli blog, their aim is to “help people buy, sell and rent videos online.”
There’s clearly a lot of content to go around and it seems that any new entry into the space should be able to forge a successful business if they go about things correctly. Of course in today’s world of monetizing video online, knowing the correct course IS the battle!
Following are two stories characterizing Vidli’s challenges as they enter this sphere.

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and Ooyala Team Up to Give Fans a Front Row Seat

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, the last stop on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour, known for attracting top-ranked surfers looking to battle it out with the world’s biggest and most popular waves, teamed up with Ooyala, a leading provider of end-to-end video platform applications and services, to deliver first-class viewer experiences with continual live-streaming coverage.
Ooyala’s live streaming technology allows customers to create and manage live streams within the same console from which they manage their Video-on-Demand content. The native support of live streaming makes it very quick and easy to showcase coverage of key events, reaching broader audiences worldwide. Ooyala’s analytics engine provides real-time viewership data for key metrics such as the number of plays, displays, amount of video watched, geographical distribution and domain distribution.

YouTube considers pay-for movies and TV shows in push to attract new content

A senior executive said they were considering allowing pay-for content to encourage more media companies to license premium movies and TV shows on the popular video-sharing website. Although YouTube is the most visited video site in the U.S. with more than 125 million users a month, many analysts see rival Hulu, which carries full length shows, as the future of the Web video business.

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