Monday, April 19, 2010

Go Daddy Chooses Sorenson's Enterprise Solutions

Yet another significant enterprise win for Sorenson Media -- this time, Go Daddy.

Here's the full press release announcing the partnership --

Go Daddy Chooses High-Quality Browser-based Encoding Solution from Sorenson Media to Power Quick Blogcast for Mac Users

Monday, April 19, 2010

World's Leading Domain, Web Site Hosting and SSL Certificate Company Joins a Growing Number of Enterprise Customers Employing Sorenson Media's High-Quality Internet Video Solutions

Premium Go Daddy Blogging Service Enables Go Daddy Customers to Create, Manage and Publish Video Content Such as Podcasts and Vlogs (Video Blogs) on Blog Sites Across the Web

SAN DIEGO (April 19, 2010)-Sorenson Media today announced that Go Daddy has chosen Sorenson Media video solutions to power its Quick Blogcast Web blogging platform for Mac users. Using Sorenson Squish, Sorenson Media's proprietary browser-based encoding solution, Go Daddy Quick Blogcast customers can quickly and easily create, manage and publish video content, including podcasts and vlogs, for use on blog sites across the Web.

"Go Daddy is dedicated to keeping our services simple for our customers," said Go Daddy vice president, Site Building Service, Wayne Oleksak. "Our partnership with Sorenson Media enables Mac-based bloggers to quickly and easily upload high-quality video content for their blogs."

With Sorenson Squish, all encoding is done directly on the user's desktop, making the video immediately ready for use in a Web environment and without the need for opening a separate application. The resulting smaller compressed file reduces bandwidth requirements and shortens upload time. The company's best-in-class encoding technology ensures the highest-quality video content, while eliminating the need for encoding expertise and expensive, server-side infrastructure. Users can also easily capture and publish video content directly from their Webcam, DV cam or simply drag and drop a video file.

Go Daddy is one of a growing number of enterprise customers that have chosen Sorenson Media's total video solutions to power their Internet video activities. The company has recently announced significant contracts with major universities throughout the world, as well as the John McCain 2010 re-election campaign.

"Our total end-to-end video solutions and APIs are tailor-made for the enterprise market," said Kirk Punches, vice president of business development for Sorenson Media. "Our new partnership with Go Daddy underscores the reality that no one else empowers users with the same combination of quality, flexibility, control, intuitive functionality and cost-effectiveness that we offer."

Coachella 2010 MUSE-ings -- My Top 10 Set List

I am pleased to say that I survived Coachella 2010! Three full days of amazing music out in the 90 degree heat of the desert sun amongst 100,000 of my closest friends. Okay, not quite 3 full days (my body was starting to give out last night -- on day 3 -- at about 7 pm); but, last year I only made it two full days.

And, the winner of the most incredible -- and surprising -- best show? MUSE. My expectations were low -- am not really a Muse fan. But, the bombast and bravado worked tremendously on the main stage -- amid the mountains -- on Saturday night. As I tweeted after their set, the torch has now been passed from U2 -- to Coldplay -- to Muse as the champions of arena rock. In fact, speaking of champions (as in "We are the Champions, My Friends"), Muse reminds me a lot like Queen. Incredibly dramatic ... and that's a good thing. The band's multi-media show during the set powered their music -- taking it to new heights -- rather then overpower it. Fantastic.

Too many highlights to list them all, so instead, I'll just give you my Top 10 favorite sets -- starting at #10.

#10 -- Them Crooked Vultures (David Grohl was on fire)
#9 -- Vampire Weekend (3rd time seeing them; expectations were too high)
#8 -- Yeasayer (the more I listen to them, the more I like them)
#7 -- Deer Tick (wacky lead singer; great music)
#6 -- the XX (one of the hottest bands around right now)
#5 -- Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (a cross between the Grateful Dead and a cult)
#4 -- deadmau5 (the evil mouse head during the late night set was classic)
#3 -- Devo (yes, Devo -- vintage, classic -- great; brought me back to 1984)
#2 -- the Avett Brothers (great music, and surprisingly powerful live show)
#1 -- Muse (the new kings of arena rock)