WNET.ORG, parent company of Creative News Group, which produces the nightly national newscast Worldfocus, and Kaltura Inc. (corp.kaltura.com) announced today that the companies have partnered in order to allow users to participate in an online conversation about international news items and issues from around the world, using Kaltura’s collaborative open source video platform.
“Worldfocus is geared towards bringing international news to our local audience both via the nightly television program and the Worldfocus.org website,” said Neal Shapiro, President and CEO of WNET.ORG, which is also the licensee of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, the nations’ most-watched and third-most watched public television stations. “In addition to leaning back and watching the broadcast, we wanted to give people a chance to lean forward and get involved, join the discussion and share their opinions face-to-face through our “Talk to US” feature. “Talk to US” allows people from around the globe to share their video commentary about the stories and features they see on Worldfocus and Worldfocus.org. Kaltura’s open-source strategy fits in perfectly with our mission and goals as public media providers.”
By partnering with international news organizations, Worldfocus reports on events from around the world and covers the stories that don’t always make the headlines on commercial and cable newscasts. The new nightly program and website inform American viewers about the relevance of international events and encourages them to get involved and join the discussion. Kaltura’s video platform powers the Worldfocus.org “Talk to Us” section, where users can upload videos from their computer or record directly from their webcam, to express their opinions on specific topics.
“In today’s global village, world news affects us all. It is refreshing to see a news program that not only surfaces international issues, but also gives everyone an opportunity and the means to get involved,” said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura Chairman and CEO. “Kaltura’s open source video platform now powers more than 10,000 sites worldwide – from a small personal blogger looking to present slideshows of pictures from his recent family trip, to leading media companies broadcasting episodes of their new series. Regardless of the use case, Kaltura’s flexible technology and wide range of packages and price levels allows ANY site to add video quickly and cost-effectively.”
New York public media company WNET.ORG is a pioneering provider of television and web content. The parent of Thirteen, WLIW21 and Creative News Group, WNET.ORG brings such acclaimed broadcast series and websites as Worldfocus, Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose, Wide Angle, Secrets of the Dead, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, Visions, Consuelo Mack WealthTrack, Wild Chronicles, Miffy and Friends, and Cyberchase to national and international audiences. Through its wide range of channels and platforms, WNET.ORG serves the entire New York City metro area with unique local productions, broadcasts and innovative educational and cultural projects. In all that it does, WNET.ORG pursues a single, overarching goal – to create media experiences of lasting significance for New York, America and the world. For more information, visit www.wnet.org.
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.