PLYmedia Wins Red Herring 100 Europe 2009 Award

April 7, 2009

plyjPLYmedia, a pioneer in enriching online video, was named a winner of the Red Herring 100 Europe 2009 Award which distinguishes the top 100 private technology companies based in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). Most successful in increasing multilingual engagement and viewing time for EU countries, PLYmedia’s language and closed captioning solution, subPLY, enables online publishers to target an audience beyond native English speakers. With an “in mute” option to facilitate silent video viewing with closed captions, publishers can further accommodate office space viewing and increase longer viewing time.

Essentially an interactive editorial tool, ProPLY optimizes use of the video screen through various information overlays. European publishers can create or use PLYmedia’s customizable overlay templates that link additional internal content (editorial articles) or other web information of interest to the viewer.

“We are thrilled to be a winner of Red Herring’s top technology companies list. A pioneer in enriching online video, PLYmedia’s overlaying technologies — ProPLY and SubPLY — will empower European online publishers and advertisers to engage a greater audience and create new online revenues via sponsorship and interactive advertising opportunities,” said Ben Enosh, Co-founder of PLYmedia. With R&D projects in Europe, PLYmedia is currently engaged in European research and leading media services.

Published by: Business Wire

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AICC members Earnix, PLYmedia, and Vringo listed in Red Herring 100

April 6, 2009

Since 1996, technology industry executives, investors, and strategists have valued the Red Herring 100 lists as an instrument for discovering and advocating the most promising private ventures. The 2009 winners will be unveiled and featured at Red Herring 100 Europe 2009. 

earnixEarnix was founded by insurance and banking executives who sought a practical solution to the limitations of traditional pricing methods used by financial services providers. Joining forces with experts in statistics, econometrics, and optimization technology, they formed Earnix to help insurers and banks improve performance through better customer segmentation, advanced demand analysis, and optimal pricing. Earnix joined AICC in 2008.

vringoVringo was founded in 2006 and lets users set their own visual or video ringtone and choose the video, avatar, slide show or picture they want their friends to see when they call. Users can choose content from a variety of sources to create their “Vringos”. Users can browse Vringo’s own large collection of premium content licensed from TV, video and music clips. Users can also import content from Vringo partner sites or from almost anywhere on the Web. Users can even create Vringos using their phone’s camera or pull pictures or video from existing social networks. Vringo is the next generation in mobile personalization. Vringo joined AICC in 2008 and participated in the Innovation Exchange for at&t and the Atlanta leg of the Israel Mobile Association USA tour. Jon Medved, CEO, is a member of AICC  Israel Advisory Board.

plyj PLYmedia develops software that allows online videos to be overlaid with content layers, or PLYs – related to the video. Examples are advertisements, subtitles, pop-up bubbles and other layered content, which allows publishers to increase their revenue from a given video. Informational overlays are designed to promote video content and maximize interaction with viewers. PLYmedia also provides analytical feedback of the user’s interaction on the video screen in response to various overlays. PLYmedia’s language accessibility solution, SubPLY, has already been implemented by online companies. PLYmedia’s subtitles and close captioning solution adds value to the video. Its closed captioning solution converts audio video into text video, opening up additional viewing opportunities for the hearing impaired and enabling office workers to silently watch videos in the workspace. PLYmedia Joined AICC in 2007 and participated in the New Media and Web 2.0 business exchanges.


Jacada expands deal with German telecom firm / PLYmedia releases online video enrichment program

March 12, 2009

Jacada expands deal with German telecom firm
Published by: Globes

jacadaDesktop optimization system developer Jacada (Nasdaq: JCDA; TASE: JCDA) has expanded a deal with an existing customer, a large German telecommunications provider.
Revenue from the material services agreement will be recognized over current and future quarters.

Herzliya-based Jacada is currently bridging together existing legacy systems, and automating priority call processes. The goal is to enable the customer service agents to effectively upsell and cross-sell other triple play services. Based on the success of the initial phases of this project, the customer has signed a second agreement to incorporate more process and deeper integration to new backend systems.

Jacada CEO Paul O’Callaghan said that developing existing accounts is a significant part of its business plan. “Certainly, a key part of our business plan for 2009 is realizing the upside revenue opportunity within existing accounts. While we are encouraged by the size and quality of opportunities for new business in our sales pipeline, there is more clarity in the decision making process of our existing customers which provides us better visibility into future revenue from this channel.”

 Jacada is a Herzliya based company with its world headquarters now in Atlanta. Oren Shefler, Jacada’s General Counsel is a member of AICC Board of Directors. Jacada has agreed to be a sponsor at the Eagle Star Awards Gala on May 27th in Atlanta.

PLYmedia releases online video enrichment program
Published by: Globes

plyjOnline video enrichment developer PLYmedia has released a beta version of its ProPLY solution for online publishers.
ProPLY enables online publishers to enrich their video experience by superimposing interactive contextual information on the video and contextually linking stories to their archive.

PLYmedia develops software that allows online videos to be overlaid with content layers, or PLYs – related to the video. Examples are advertisements, subtitles, pop-up bubbles and other layered content, which allows publishers to increase their revenue from a given video. Informational overlays are designed to promote video content and maximize interaction with viewers.

PLYmedia also provides analytical feedback of the user’s interaction on the video screen in response to various overlays.

PLYmedia’s language accessibility solution, SubPLY, has already been implemented by online companies. PLYmedia’s subtitles and close captioning solution adds value to the video. Its closed captioning solution converts audio video into text video, opening up additional viewing opportunities for the hearing impaired and enabling office workers to silently watch videos in the workspace.

PLYmedia Joined AICC in 2007 and participated in the New Media and Web 2.0 business exchanges.


AICC Members Collaborate: Kaltura Integrates its Open Source Video Platform with PLYmedia’s Video Enrichment Platform

January 22, 2009

 

kalturaKaltura provides the world’s first Open Source Online Video Platform. With more than 15,000 active publishers, Kaltura’s flexible framework empowers any site with advanced video functionality. Founded in 2006, Kaltura’s open source code is available as a free Software Development Kit and as downloadable packages for leading platforms – such as Drupal, WordPress and MediaWiki. Kaltura also provides supplementary paid services including maintenance, support, integration, professional development, streaming and hosting, ad serving, content syndication, and aggregation of related third party services.  Since its public launch, Kaltura has won numerous awards, such as the TechCrunch40 People’s Choice award, Mashable’s ‘Open Web’ award and TV Week’s 5 Video Startups to Watch in 2009.  Kaltura joined AICC in 2009 and presented to the Software Committee. 

plyjEstablished in 2006, PLYmedia is a pioneer in the enhancement of the online video experience, powering rich-media overlays solutions with its proprietary technology, PLYplatform™. PLYmedia delivers a range of applications for video contextual enrichment focusing on subtitles, information (people, music, products) and monetization solutions. The company offers a personalized, enhanced and interactive web video experience bringing new context and meaning to video. For more information, visit . PLYmedia Joined AICC in 2007 and participated in the New Media and Web 2.0 business exchanges.

Already in use by several Kaltura customers, publishers using the Kaltura Platform can now enjoy PLYmedia’s compelling video services including multi-lingual sub-titles, captions, information layers, bubble comments and more.

New York, NY, January 21, 2009 – Kaltura, Inc., developer of the first open source video platform, and PLYmedia announced today that the companies have integrated their technology platforms in order to offer sites even more ways to enhance their online video experience with additional interactive layers of information . With the new service, Kaltura customers can enrich their video with layers of translation, information about the music and objects in the video and unique monetization capabilities.   Several Kaltura customers are already using the technology and launched subtitles for their videos.

“We’re constantly working to provide added value to our customers in the form of cutting edge technology and interactive video features.  Partnering with PLYmedia was a clear choice,” said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura Chairman and CEO.  “The combination of our open source technology with added-value services allows publishers to enjoy the most advanced video capabilities, at a fraction of the price.”

Many of Kaltura’s customers cater to an international audience, and multi-lingual subtitles are a critical feature in reaching and expanding that audience.  Moreover, as most videos are watched in an office environment or muted, closed captioning is becoming a necessity for online video. With PLYmedia’s full capabilities incorporated into Kaltura’s platform, publishers can easily add subtitles and extra informative layers to their videos.  More specifically, PLYmedia’s language accessibility services enable site owners to offer subtitles, closed captions, sign language and voice-over in any language on their videos. It also adds further forms of interaction with the audience.  Users can add pop-up bubbles, text, images, clipart and subtitles as well as find out more information about specific objects and people they find inside a video.

“In today’s online world it is imperative to provide a compelling and sticky experience if you want to hang on to your audience.  Standard display of video on a site is no longer enough,” said Ben Enosh, CEO and Co-Founder of PLYmedia. “Kaltura’s interactive video platform is a natural place for PLYmedia’s technology to be.  Together we offer a truly comprehensive set of engaging online video capabilities.”


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