Starlight Networks was founded in 1991 by Charlie Bass, Jim Long and Mark Gang with backing from investors Accel Partners and Interwest Partners. The company created some of the first commercial video-on-demand and video streaming products. The first Starlight Networks product was named StarWorks and enabled on-demand MPEG1 full motion videos to be randomly accessed on corporate networks. Later a version was released for Novell named Starware.
Originally the press referred to networked video as "store & forward video" but that changed after Starlight Networks began describing it as "streaming video".
In 1995 Starlight introduced streaming video over satellites with Hughes Network Systems. In February 1998 Starlight introduced one of the first full motion video Web conferencing products, StarLive! (the exclamation point was part of the product name). Technology analyst Om Malik wrote in May 1998 how Starlight software helped power Bloomberg Television and Starlight partnered with RealNetworks to enable Web conferencing at Smith Barney. General Electric also tapped Starlight Products for corporate communications and training.
- "Digital Hollywood Conference 2007".
- "Video Servers in the Spotlight".
- "Full Stream Ahead".
- "CompCon Spring 1993-StarWorks-a video applications server".
- "Multimedia Project, Video on Networks".
- "Digital Hollywood Conference 2001".
- "Starlight Networks and Hughes Network Systems".
- "Starlight Networks Introduces StarLive! -- Intranet Streaming Media Application for Enterprise Communications.".
- "Online broadcasting".
- "Starlight Networks Creates Video Solutions for GE Information Services".
- "PictureTel to buy Starlight Networks".