Mevio

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Mevio
IndustryMedia
PredecessorPodShow Inc.
SuccessorBitesize Networks Inc. [1]
FoundedOctober 2004
FoundersAdam Curry, Ron Bloom
DefunctApril 2014[2][3][4]
Headquarters
Websitemevio.com at the Wayback Machine (archived March 14, 2014)

Mevio Inc., formerly known as PodShow, was an American internet entertainment network, founded in San Francisco, California in October 2004 by Adam Curry and Ron Bloom.

History[edit]

PodShow Inc. was founded in San Francisco, California in October 2004 by Adam Curry and Ron Bloom, as a digital media network, with the aim of helping people publish and market their podcasts, and to help listeners find podcasts that suit their interests.

In August 2005, PodShow received about $8.85 m in Venture Capital from the Sand Hill Road firms Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital,[6] and Sherpalo Ventures.[7][8] PodShow set up company headquarters in San Francisco, California in a temporary office South of Market Street. In February 2006, Curry announced Podshow L.A., a production division being set up by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff.

On August 23, 2005, PodShow announced the launch of the Podsafe Music Network.[9] The site allows musicians or record labels to upload podsafe music into their system so that podcasters may download it for use on their podcasts, as well as the ability to sell music to listeners.

In September 2005, PodShow acquired Podcast Alley, a directory that can be used to help people find and subscribe to podcasts.[10]

In September 2006, BT PodShow, a service co-branded with British Telecom was launched for the UK and Ireland.[11] [12] On September 29, 2006, PodShow Inc. announced that the company had raised a second round of venture funding from new and original investors, totaling $15 million, led by DAG Ventures.[13]

In July 2008, mevio secured $15 million in a Series C funding round led by Crosslink Capital and including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital, Sherpalo Ventures, and DAG Ventures.[14] Mevio intends to use the investment to continue expansion of its broadband entertainment offering and to launch new vertical entertainment networks.[15]

In December 2012, it was reported that Mevio's co-founder Ron Bloom was to move the company to Hollywood, California under the new name Bitesize Entertainment. Bitesize acquired an 8,000 sq.ft. studio space at the W Hotel at Hollywood and Vine and was to create a "set of channels geared towards a mainstream audience." [5]

In April 2014, Mevio ceased operation and closed down their service, giving content creators and broadcasters 10 days to migrate their feeds and content to an alternative platform before losing it permanently. The website went offline, with no statement from the company.[2][4]

In March 2016, Mevio's successor Bitesize Networks Inc. was fined for breach of contract after it failed to pay Vertamedia LLC for generating internet traffic for Mevio in 2013.[1]


Podcasts[edit]

Mevio had a small stable of flagship podcasts, including Adam Curry's Daily Source Code, and latterly No Agenda hosted by Curry and John C. Dvorak. Other shows included The Dawn and Drew Show (from October 2005 to October 2008), Madge Weinstein's Yeast Radio (from July 2005 til April 2008), CC Chapman's Accident Hash, Podshow Radio, Reaching for Lucidity, The Frank Truth, Pop17, The Scene Zine, Naive London Girl Podcast, Unleashed, tech vidcast, GeekBrief.TV (from December 2005 to June 2010), Madpod, Alex Balcerski's Ride The Pine, It Could Be Worse..., The Alex Show Podcast and Cranky Geeks.

Criticisms and Controversy[edit]

After the release of PodShow+ on July 6, 2006 other podcasts's RSS feeds were copied and modified by PodShow, with PodShow copyrights overwriting original feeds. Instead of XML feeds linking to the original, they linked to the internal cache.[citation needed] Adam Curry addressed the issue in the following Saturdays episode of the Daily Source Code in which he stated "We basically cache that, no different from what iTunes does." Curry went on to explain by saying "What should have happened was that the link underneath the orange on white XML button should be a direct link to the original, with original information, no added bits from us, original copyrights etc, Instead of linking to the external feed, it went to the internal feed. It wasn’t a bug, it was a dumb mistake, it slipped through."[citation needed]

PodShow and the PodShow Network have not released broadcast metrics publicly. On March 3, 2007 Adam Curry stated "For the record, In <sic> December 2006 the network produced 52 million download requests."[16] This has created keen interest and rampant speculation by the public, due to the PodShow's notoriety. No clarification has been provided by Adam Curry or the PodShow Network on their use or definition of a "download request". This is of noteworthy interest, as a "download" is commonly interpreted as a single download request which results in a download, while a "download request" could include all requests made for a download (including failed download requests, system-to-system requests, internal administrative requests, or automated time-scheduled RSS feed requested). Additionally, "download requests" may include not only PodShow-owned podcasts, but any "download requests" made through links listed on the PodShow Network website to many independent podcasts.

PodShow's relationship with Sirius Satellite Radio ended on May 1, 2007 without any formal acknowledgment or media release by Sirius Satellite Radio or the PodShow Network. Speculation is that Podshow, having no control over its podcasts compression consistencies, could not guarantee audio quality across the multitude of content being produced.[17] According to P.W. Fenton, the producer of "Adam Curry's Podshow on Sirius", the contract Podshow had with Sirius Satellite Radio had simply expired without any acknowledgement by either company. In fact, P.W. Fenton continued to upload 4 hours of programming each day, hosted by Adam Curry, before learning from a tech at Sirius that the show hadn't been broadcast for weeks. [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Veramedia v. Bitesize Networks, Inc. (United States District Court for the Northern District of California March 21 2016) ("The information alleged in Vertamedia's First Amendment Complaint, including the attached exhibits, supports a finding that BiteSize is the same entity as Mevio and the proper defendant in this case."). Text
  2. ^ a b "Mevio Pulls the Plug!". podcasternews.com. Podcaster News. April 10, 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  3. ^ TC Kirkham (10 April 2014). "MEVIO Shuts down, screws hundreds of podcasters; what next for PNR Networks podcasts?". Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b Jackson, David (11 April 2014). "Why Mevio Failed". davidjackson.org. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  5. ^ a b Janko Roettgers (19 December 2012). "Mevio moves to Los Angeles, relaunches as Bitesize Entertainment". Giga OM.
  6. ^ "Sequoia Capital funds PodShow".
  7. ^ "Podshow gets Big Bucks". podcastingnews.com. Archived from the original on 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2007-02-24.
  8. ^ Curry's podcasts attract big money
  9. ^ "PodShow.com Launches the Podsafe Music Network, the First Online Music Network that Features Royalty-Free Music for Listeners & Podcasters". prnewswire. Retrieved 2007-02-24.
  10. ^ "PodShow's first acquisition: Podcast Alley". siliconbeat.com. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  11. ^ BT launches UK PodShow Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ BT's got talent lined up for its Podshows
  13. ^ PodShow Receives $15M From Leading Venture Firms as Company Accelerates Its Growth on the Internet and Beyond Archived 2007-05-02 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Mevio secured 15M in venture capital funding".
  15. ^ MEVIO Secures $15 Million in Funding to Support Rapid Growth and Move into Vertical Entertainment Networks
  16. ^ "Download Numbers, Are They Important?". curry.com. Archived from the original on 2007-03-21. Retrieved 2007-04-04.
  17. ^ "Has the PodShow network been booted off Sirius?". Retrieved 2007-04-24.
  18. ^ P.W. Fenton's personal recollections

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