Livestream Appoints Cofounder Mark Kornfilt as New CEO

Livestream, the world’s only end-to-end livestreaming solutions provider, announced today that cofounder Mark Kornfilt will take over as the company’s Chief Executive Officer effective May 8th. He will replace Jesse Hertzberg who is exiting the company.

As a cofounder, Kornfilt has played a prominent role in establishing Livestream as the preeminent player in the B2B livestreaming arena. Throughout his tenure with the company, he has been involved in all aspects of the business, including leading engineering and product.

“We started the company ten years ago with the vision of a world where every event can be experienced live online,” said Kornfilt. “In the last year, both the ecosystem around us and our products have evolved to bring us closer to achieving this vision than ever before. Our tools, cloud platform, and professional services provide a comprehensive solution. Whether an organization is getting started in the livestreaming journey using our Mevo camera, the world’s first live event streaming camera, or they are producing multi-camera live video content for distribution to their website, Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and Twitter.”

Christian Munafo, a Livestream board member and Managing Director at HQ Capital, added: “This is an exceptional time for Mark to become Livestream’s new CEO. In Mark we have selected a very strong leader at a time when Livestream is continuing to shape the future of the livestreaming industry. Mark’s vision, strategy, and execution are exactly what Livestream needs as we enter our next chapter of growth, innovation, and disruption.”

The livestreaming market has grown faster over the last 18 months than the previous eight years combined. With its robust portfolio of end-to-end products and preeminent level of services, Livestream is the only company that can truly act as the single point of contact for businesses that need a livestreaming solution. This unique value proposition has helped the company garner business from some of the biggest corporations, marketers, advertising agencies, government organizations, and professional sports leagues.

In addition to further accelerating the growth of Livestream’s core product suite, Kornfilt will focus on expanding the company’s recent launch of its groundbreaking Mevo live event camera, which is expected to create an even larger opportunity for the company as it continues to play a leading role in the livestreaming social revolution.

“I am excited to lead the extremely talented Livestream team through this next chapter,” said Kornfilt. “I want to thank our customers, partners, and investors for their trust and commitment to the business.”

Vimeo’s Best of 2018: Live streaming, OTT, and Stock

We spent our last broadcast for the year recapping and reflecting on our biggest launches from Vimeo Livestream, OTT, and Stock. Didn’t get a chance to catch us live? We’ve got a recap and event recording for you right here.

Industry stats on live streaming and OTT video

We kicked things off with a recap of some of the more impressive (and mind-boggling) statistics from the live streaming and OTT video industries:

Live streaming continues to rise:

 

OTT is on the up and up:

  • Today, 48% of viewers are more likely to start their viewing with an OTT service, such as Netflix, Hulu, or a DVR (StreamingMedia)
  • American households collectively watch more than 8B hours of content each month through connected TV devices (Nielsen)
  • 17.9M households will solely consume content via OTT in 3 years’ time (Video Advertising Bureau)
  • OTT revenues will reach $83.4B by 2021 (DigiDay)

 

Creators and businesses are investing more in content:

 

Catch up on the full event below, or read on to get a quick recap.

2018 updates from Vimeo Livestream

We sat down with Nathan Lundie of the Vimeo Livestream team to dive into some of the big launches this year — including new hardware and long-awaited software updates.

First, we gave a sneak peek of the Studio One switcher and encoder. Compact, powerful, reliable, and nicely priced at under $5,000, it’s a great piece of hardware for those looking to get started with live streaming with a minimal upfront cost.

Then, Nathan walked us through some of the new features in our Studio 5 software. We’ve launched new ways to deepen engagement with viewers, including adding comments from Facebook or YouTube into Studio graphics. You can now use a web page as a browser source in your live stream, too, meaning you have another way to share content to your viewers.

Vimeo Livestream also brought in features to help you produce amazing live events. Additional updates to Livestream Studio includes connecting with remote IP cameras through RTSP — a feature that’s been a long time coming! — as well as a full release of our macOS software.

Get an in-depth walkthrough of our Studio software and hardware updates in our on-demand webinar.

New features from Vimeo OTT

Megan Wright from the Vimeo OTT team shared several features that give creators autonomy over how and when they distribute (and monetize) their content, including the option to deliver and monetize live video.

Vimeo OTT now gives even more control over how you manage and prioritize your content. Not only can you schedule videos to publish in advance with time windowing, but you can see which of your videos perform best with the Top Videos tool.

We also introduced two new ways to better share content and engage with your audience.

1. Free video access: If you’d like to tease your content, you can now give customers free access to your channel for a limited amount of time.

2. Registration-based viewing: you can even make your channel free to review and registration-only, which is especially useful in nurturing and retaining your viewers.

Finally, for organizations that need an added level of privacy and security to their content, such as trainings and internal communications, Vimeo OTT now offers private portals. Customers who use Vimeo OTT’s private portals can also embed a Sli.do widget, to facilitate questions from employees and other participants. Learn more about our Sli.do integration and private portals here.

Affordable, beautiful stock footage

Stephen Nangeroni from Vimeo Stock joined us to talk about how SMBs and creators can utilize this new consumer product.

Vimeo Stock is the best platform to find top-notch stock footage from world-renowned creators. In our ongoing effort to put creators first, Vimeo Stock partners with members of the Vimeo community to bring their stock footage to the masses — contributors keep up to 70% of generated revenue from all Vimeo Stock sales.

You can browse Vimeo Stock for free, and Vimeo subscribers earn 20% savings on all stock footage.

While Vimeo Stock’s collection is currently invite-only, you can let us know you’re interested in licensing your footage by filling out this form.

 

While we’re proud of what we’ve launched this year, none of it would be possible with the support from the amazing members of our community. To everyone who’s used and shared feedback on Vimeo Livestream, OTT, or Stock this year — thank you.

We’ll continue building and improving our services to help you do more with video, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2019. Cheers!