February 16, 2007
Online Video Industry IndexThe folks at Read/WriteWeb have put together a terrific Online Video Industry Index that provides a snapshot of the current online video marketplace. It's not about hardware or software vendors, like Sorenson, Accordent, or Adobe, but rather sums up the online services space very well. This list breaks the industry down into categories that include Video Sharing, Video Search, Video Editing & Creation, Video eCommerce, Video Streaming, and others.
I've been working in this space a lot lately, and have worked with many of the providers on this list, including some as-yet little-known ones. While the authors disclaim the index as "not complete", to my eye it looks pretty comprehensive. One useful addition would be Sorenson Media, which is getting into the space with its Squishnet video management service.
This is a great resource. In particular, many of the vendors in this index, as well as being consumer-oriented destinations for video, offer enterprise services and developer APIs that let companies and educational institutions build custom, branded video services on hosted infrastructure. Because of this, the consumer video Web is relevant far beyond the entertainment focus that's driving its growth.