Starlight Networks

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Starlight Networks was founded in 1991 by Charlie Bass, Jim Long[1][2] 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.[3][4] The first Starlight Networks product was named StarWorks[5] and enabled on-demand MPEG1 full motion videos to be randomly accessed on corporate IP networks. Later a version was released for Novell named Starware.[6]

Originally the press referred to networked video as "store & forward video" but that changed after Starlight Networks began describing it as "streaming video".[7] In late 1996 as Starlight added support for live presentations integrating live streaming video with slides and chat, they referred to such solutions as "InterMedia Networking".[8]

In 1995 Starlight introduced streaming video over satellites with Hughes Network Systems.[9] 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).[10] 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.[11] General Electric also tapped Starlight Products for corporate communications and training.[12]

Other investors included Sequoia Capital, and Merrill, Pickard, Anderson, and Eyre Ventures. Starlight was acquired by PictureTel Corp. in 1998.[13][14] [15] [16]


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  6. ^ "Multimedia Project, Video on Networks".
  7. ^ "Digital Hollywood Conference 2001". Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2012-07-20.
  8. ^ "Starlight InterMedia Networking home page". Archived from the original on 1996-12-27.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  9. ^ "Starlight Networks and Hughes Network Systems".
  10. ^ "Starlight Networks Introduces StarLive! -- Intranet Streaming Media Application for Enterprise Communications".
  11. ^ "Online broadcasting".
  12. ^ "Starlight Networks Creates Video Solutions for GE Information Services".
  13. ^ "Starlight Picturetel web page". Archived from the original on 1998-12-06.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  14. ^ "PictureTel to buy Starlight Networks".
  15. ^ "Q&A with Andrew Stehling, eVideo Government Sales at PictureTel".
  16. ^ "AxessPoint Acquires Starlight Networks From PictureTel".