Kaltura, Inc. (www.kaltura.com), developer of the first open source online video platform, announced today that all media on GRAMMY365, a new social networking Web site for members of The Recording Academy® (www.grammy.com), will be powered by Kaltura and its open source video module for Drupal. The site leverages Kaltura’s full media management platform, including customized video and audio players, uploaders and more.
“We are very excited to create a robust online community complete with social networking tools for all Academy members,” said Peter Anton, Vice President of Digital Media for The Recording Academy. “This unique music community experience will provide a platform to communicate, collaborate and participate 365 days a year, giving our members a new outlet and added benefit.”
GRAMMY365 will connect Academy members by providing an array of social networking tools. The goal of the site is to provide a means for personal communication between the approximate 22,000 Academy members, creating a proprietary community where members can share, connect and learn from one another. All Academy members will have access to GRAMMY365 where they will be able to create a personal profile page; post status updates as well as audio, video and photo files using Kaltura; participate in forum discussions; and support the community through product, venue and other reviews. Members will have the flexibility to “friend” other members, but also choose levels of privacy with which they’re comfortable. Additionally, Academy news from the national headquarters as well as general industry news will be available to members and non-members. In addition, interactive Chapter pages will allow members to connect with their local offices, add their own post-event photos and comments, and more.
“We see The Recording Academy’s selection of our platform as a great vote of confidence in Kaltura’s ability to support customized media solutions for unique deployments such as GRAMMY365,” said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura Chairman & CEO. “The combination of Kaltura’s media management capabilities, including video, audio and photos, along with our pre-integrated Drupal module made the GRAMMY365 video solution extremely flexible, customizable and easy to deploy.”
Kaltura provides the world’s first Open Source Online Video Platform. Over 55,000 web publishers, service providers, and developers use Kaltura’s flexible platform to enhance their websites, web-services, and web-platforms with advanced customized video, photo and audio functionalities, including publishing, management, syndication, monetization and analysis, as well as content uploading and remixing. The free community-supported self-hosted software and source-code is available for download at www.kaltura.org. A commercial version of the software can be obtained at www.kaltura.com along with Kaltura services such as streaming, hosting, transcoding, analytics, ad serving, support and maintenance packages, and professional development. Founded in 2006, New York-based Kaltura is also a founding member of the ‘Open Video Alliance’ (www.openvideoalliance.org), a coalition of organizations dedicated to fostering open standards for online video.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY® Awards – the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music – The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thegrammys), MySpace (www.myspace.com/thegrammys), Twitter (www.twitter.com/thegrammys), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/thegrammys).
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