YouTube, Hulu, Vimeo and other online video providers have enjoyed significant success. But other OTT video players haven't been so lucky. Why, in an increasingly all-digital world, did these providers fail? Here are 10 online video companies either gone before their time, or that are struggling to keep from fading into the Internet ether.
Recent multibillion-dollar sales of multichannel networks have caught plenty of attention. However, for smaller MCNs and for individual content creators, YouTube is a challenging space to turn a profit. Enter the next generation of online distributors: companies that are providing ways for content creators to post and publicize their videos beyond YouTube.
In the wake of FCC rules that require TV programs, movies, and clips to have closed captions even in the online video space, OTT providers are scrambling to make sure their online catalogs are captioned. Can startups do it better than established caption providers?
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