Rightster buys Base79 in £50m deal, YouTube co-founder joins

UK-based multichannel operator Rightster has acquired rival network Base79 in a deal that could be worth £50 million (€63 million). At the same time, YouTube co-founder and former CEO Chad Hurley will join the Rightster advisory committee as the company positions for growth. Patrick Walker, the former senior director of YouTube EMEA who joined Base79 […]

Table Tennis Fed turns to Rightster

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has struck a partnership with video distribution specialist Rightster. Rightster will collaborate closely with the ITTF to develop its YouTube channel (YouTube.com/ITTFChannel), and help maximise its exposure and revenue from the channel, according to the pair. According to Rightster, the ITTF will benefit from cross-promotion with Rightster’s stable of […]

YouTube net Barcroft TV, Rightster to ‘supercharge’ partnership

Barcroft TV, the high-performing UK-based YouTube channel, has signed an extended strategic partnership with multichannel network Rightster. Barcroft, which is owned by London-based factual and lifestyle indie producer Barcroft Media, has been part of the Rightster MCN since April last year, at which point it had 45,000 net subscribers. The channel is now the MCN’s […]

Rightster unveils Engage

Online video distribution specialist Rightster has launched Engage, a premium offering to manage video across its clients’ owned and operated sites as well as YouTube and other distribution channels. The launch follows a trial in April at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Australia, when Engage aggregated over a million online viewers, with 450,000 watching a live […]

AIBA teams up with Rightster for online boxing

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) and online video specialist Rightster have teamed up to bring the World Series Boxing quarter finals to an international online audience by streaming the bouts live and on-demand via AIBA’s website, AIBAboxingTV.com. Rightster and AIBA have worked together to build a premium digital streaming service for access to the quarter […]

Rightster launches IPO, makes exec hires

Online video distribution specialist Rightster has raised £20.4 million (€24.2 million) after floating on the stock market and announced a string of senior hires. The firm launched its IPO this morning, floating on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in what founder and CEO Charlie Muirhead said marked “the first YouTube multi-channel network […]

Base79 trebles online video views

Base79, the UK-based network for video creators, content owners and brands, reached 92 million unique viewers globally in September – triple the number of views from the same time last year.  The figure, taken from Comscore’s Worldwide YouTube partner report, puts Base79 ahead of other multichannel networks such as Machinima and Rightster, said Base79. The […]

Rightster to distribute Future content

Online video distribution specialist Rightster has struck a deal with international media group and digital publisher Future, whose properties include the TechRadar.com site, to distribute its video content to publisher partners. Future’s technology websites, including T3.com, Maclife.com, TechRadar.com and MaximumPC.com reach over 17 million visitors globally each month. Rightster will distribute unbranded clips from Future’s […]

YouTube partner Rightster acquires Preview Networks

YouTube channel partner Rightster has acquired Preview Networks, a distributor of movie trailers online. Rightster said the acquisition would enable it to roll out additional services on YouTube across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Nordic countries. Preview Networks represents over 300 rightsholders and 2,500 publishers including Disney, MTV and Sony. Rightster said the deal […]

Rightster names marketing chief, breaks into comScore top 10

Online video distribution specialist Rightster has hired John Dillon as vice-president of marketing, in charge of marketing functions and stakeholder communications. Dillon was previously head of marketing of Alcatel Lucent’s software and service portfolio and previously served as chief marketing officer of Velocix, the CDN provider acquired by Alcatel Lucent. Dillon’s appointment follows that of […]