April 17, 2010

Veoh is Alive!

In one of my earlier posts, I said that Veoh filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Well, I have good news.

It seems that an Israeli Start-Up group called Qlipso Acquired Veoh. Here's the story I got.

April 8 (Bloomberg) -- Israeli start-up Qlipso acquired for an undisclosed sum the assets of video-delivery Web site Veoh Networks, giving the two-year-old content platform access to millions of users and an advertising revenue stream.

Qlipso’s platform allows users to invite friends to watch together sports, movies, video clips and television shows, while chatting and controlling a personal avatar. Veoh posts content from Time Warner Inc., Funimation Productions Ltd. and CBS Corp, among others.

Veoh announced in February that it was bankrupt and its assets would be sold off to repay creditors. In a blog post on Feb. 11, Chief Executive Officer Dmitry Shapiro said the company had tens of millions of users.

Qlipso’s CEO Jon Goldman, who sold his gaming company Foundation 9 Entertainment to Francisco Partners in 2006 for an undisclosed sum, says the merger may allow the new company to add a revenue stream in virtual goods that would enhance Qlipso personal avatars.

“We will not be focused just on cool videos, but on making the experience more social,” Goldman said in a phone interview. “It will be the sort of thing you do in multiplayer social worlds.”

According to Virtual Goods Industry Forecast 2010, posted by Engage Digital Media, the virtual goods market is set to grow to as much as $2 billion this year.

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-04-08/israeli-start-up-qlipso-acquires-veoh-to-add-users-revenue.html

Plus, judging by the fact that Veoh's been open for two months (I know, I go there sometimes to watch Kamen Rider episodes), it's not dead. It's Allllllllllliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiivvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeee!!!!!

Ahem. Well, I'm glad to see that the website is still online. Now, I can continue watching videos there. Whoo-Hoo!

April 16, 2010

My Thoughts on Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated

Well, it's time for another new installation in the series that just won't die. I am of course talking about Scooby-Doo! He's been around since 1969. Damn. Just damn. Well, anyway, I saw the premiere on YouTube and I have to say I was really impressed and an improvement from What's New, Scooby-Doo? I kinda liked WNSD, but it wasn't great. Anyway, let's talk about the episode.

Okay, the first thing I noticed is the animation is different. It looks like a cross breed between the original and WNSD. I have to say that it looks pretty cool. I also like how the teens are wearing the original outfits from the original series.

Anyway, about the characters themselves. For one, we actually see them going to high school, or at least we know they go to high school. Plus, I also find it interesting and cool that the voice actor for Shaggy is Matthew Lillard, who portrayed Shaggy in the live action movies in 2002 and 2004, since Casey Kasem, the original actor, had retired. Also, there also seems to be a relationship between Shaggy and Velma. Sure, there were hints in the past, but they were strictly on friendly terms. Now, their relationship is focused on greatly, and I find that cool. There is also the relationship between Fred and Daphne, thought Fred doesn't acknowledge it. Also, the voice of the sheriff in the first episode is voiced by Patrick Warburton, who voices Joe on Family Guy. What a coincidence.

Anyway, the episode itself was pretty good. Same formula as it is always. Monster shows up, clues being found, monster "caught", monster revealed, repeat. Although, the thing at the end of the episode is that Daphne was holding a gold locked shaped like a magnifying glass and a voice comes in, saying that the mystery is just beginning.

I would explain in more detail, but why do that when you can watch the episode on YouTube?

All in all, a pretty cool episode. The series is set to debut in the summer of 2010. Well, I'll end with this.


April 11, 2010

My Search Story

If you have seen that Google commercial during Super Bowl XLIV, then this shouldn't be a surprise. If you don't remember how it went, it pretty much mixed up search terms. If you want to see it, search for Google super bowl ad 2010 on YouTube.

Anyway, there is this thing where anyone can make their own "Search Story" as it is called. Here's mine.

It's a pretty fun program. If you want to make your own... go to youtube.com/searchstories.

That is all.