Vuze, Inc.
TypePrivate company
IndustryVideo distribution
Founded2006
Headquarters4 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 401
San Mateo, California 94402, USA
Key people
Gilles BianRosa, Olivier Chalouhi, Chris Thun, Milan Parikh
ProductsVuze (formerly Azureus)
Websitewww.vuze.com

Vuze, Inc. (formerly Azureus, Inc.) is an American media-services provider founded in 2006 by some of the core developers of the open source BitTorrent client Azureus. Based in San Mateo, California, Vuze provides on-demand content watchable on a computer monitor or a connected TV. It bills itself as "the company behind Azureus".[1]

History

The company claimed to have "distribution deals with 12 television, film and media companies".[2] Vuze has attracted and featured content from global television networks such as the BBC, Showtime, PBS, A&E, or National Geographic Channel, along with production studios and content creators.[3][4] In December 2006, the BBC announced that hundreds of episodes of its programs will be made available through Vuze (restricted by DRM).[5]

In January 2007, the company launched an Azureus-powered open entertainment platform called Vuze (formerly Zudeo), which is intended to enable content providers to easily distribute their content over the Internet.[1]

In November 2007, Vuze filed a petition with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to restrict Internet traffic throttling by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Vuze filed its “Petition for Rulemaking” to urge the FCC to adopt regulations limiting Internet traffic throttling, a practice by which ISPs block or slow the speed at which Internet content, including video files, can be uploaded or downloaded.[6] The same month, PBS and Vuze launched a content Alliance.[4]

In December 2007, Vuze secured $20 million in its C round of funding.[7] This round was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with existing investors Redpoint Ventures, Greycoft Partners, BV Capital, and Jarl Mohn participating. As a result of the investment, TiVo Co-Founder and former CEO Mike Ramsay joined the Vuze Board of Directors.[8]

References

  1. ^ a b "Azureus' Next-Generation Video Distribution Platform Goes Live" (PDF) (Press release). Azureus. December 4, 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 17, 2011.
  2. ^ Staff (December 4, 2006). "Azureus' HD Vids Trump YouTube". Wired. Archived from the original on October 27, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  3. ^ Staff (November 29, 2007). "Vuze, the Leading Online Platform for High-Res and HD Video, Signs with UTA for Representation". Business Wire. Archived from the original on July 10, 2020. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Press Room (November 7, 2007). "Vuze And PBS Launch Content Alliance". PBS. Archived from the original on July 10, 2020. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  5. ^ Staff (December 20, 2006). "BBC moves to file-sharing sites". BBC News. Archived from the original on November 23, 2008. Retrieved August 3, 2008.
  6. ^ Gross, Grant (November 18, 2007). "Video distributor wants FCC to stop ISP traffic 'throttling'". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Archived from the original on December 25, 2017. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  7. ^ Vuze, Inc. Secures $20 Million in New Round of Funding Led by Top Tier Investors Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine(Vuze)::(December 19, 2007) Retrieved on (January 4, 2008).
  8. ^ Staff (December 19, 2007). "Vuze, Inc. Secures $20 Million in New Round of Funding Led by Top Tier Investors". Business Wire. Archived from the original on July 9, 2020. Retrieved July 9, 2020.