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Footbo Selects Kaltura’s Open Source Video Platform for Full Management of its Rich-Media Content

The social network dedicated to football (soccer) upgrades its multimedia functionalities with Kaltura's comprehensive video management and UGC framework.

Footbo, the leading football (soccer) social network, announced today that it has selected Kaltura, Inc. (http://corp.kaltura.com), developer of the first open source video platform for video management, creation, interaction, and collaboration, for full management of the site’s rich-media content, and for supporting interactive rich media capabilities for its users to upload and comment on video content.

“As our site continues to develop and gain traction, we are determined to provide our users with the ultimate experience – a big part of that is related to video, which of course is a critical part of any sports-related social network,” said Mani Honigstein, CEO of Footbo. “As our site evolved we felt the need to look for an advanced video platform that provides features and functionalities whose development and service require domain expertise. Kaltura’s platform emerged as the best solution for Footbo – it handles both standard and enhanced video capabilities, it’s very flexible and easy to integrate.”

Footbo has integrated Kaltura’s video management platform, allowing Footbo admins to manage and moderate video content, create playlists based on tags, ratings and other criteria, track video statistics and usage, and more. Kaltura’s platform also enables users to upload videos and photos and import them from leading social networks and content sites. Kaltura’s platform enables Footbo to easily add over time more advanced interactive functionalities such as content discovery, subtitles, remixing and editing tools.

“We are so excited to be working with Footbo – they have launched such an amazing concept and really provide a home for avid football fans around the world, especially in Europe,” said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura Chairman and CEO. “The main message we’re hearing in the market is that publishers want to enhance their online video capabilities, but at the same time keep costs low. Our flexible open source framework allows sites of all sizes to launch the most robust range of video tools and applications at a fraction of any alternative cost”.

About Footbo

Footbo is the leading online social community for football lovers worldwide. Fans and amateur players can connect and interact, receive customized information, share content/media and express their knowledge and emotions. Created by people who are truly passionate about the beautiful game, Footbo is based in London, UK. For more information, visit http://www.footbo.com.

About Kaltura

Kaltura has developed the first open source video platform for video management, creation, interaction and collaboration. Kaltura’s platform enables any site to seamlessly and cost-effectively integrate advanced interactive rich-media functionalities, such as searching, uploading, importing, video editing, annotating, remixing, and sharing of video, audio, and photo files. The platform also includes unique collaboration functionalities that allow groups of users to create together, and enables publishers to access and syndicate reusable content across the Kaltura Network of content and to enjoy aggregated hosted video services such as video advertising, professional editing, and DVD printing. Kaltura’s free open source code is available for web developers in the form of an extensive Software Development Kit, as well as self-serve packages for publishers in the form of automatic extensions and plugins for leading content management, blogging and collaboration platforms such as Drupal, WordPress, and MediaWiki.

Founded in 2006, Kaltura’s management and advisory team includes top notch advertising, marketing, and media executives as well as open source experts and seasoned technology entrepreneurs, including co-founders of ICQ, Cyota, and Destinator Technologies. Since its public launch in September 2007, New York-based Kaltura has won numerous awards and endorsements, including the TechCrunch40 People’s Choice award (2007), the Mashable video-sharing ‘Open Web’ award (2007), a TWS ‘top 10’ company (2008), an AlwaysOn ‘Global 250’ company (2008), a LeWeb ‘top 30 start-up’ (2008), and one of Esquire Magazine’s ‘most promising’ Web 3.0 companies (2008). For more information, visit http://corp.kaltura.com.