Babelgum today announced the launch of its new Web TV platform. The new, fully redesigned interface incorporates a whole host of new popular Web 2.0 features and social networking tools. The platform is now compatible on Macs, as well as with Windows XP and Vista.
With this new platform, viewers can now join one of three Babelgum Communities: Films and Festivals, Motorcycling and Nature and Conservation, these three being the first of a series to come. Each of these niche collaborative environments includes video clips, an interactive message board and links to custom profiles of other members that share an interest in the subject area.
Other features of the new Babelgum Web TV platform include: an advanced search function which provides an automatic selection of keyword options as users type in search terms, and allows viewers to search by best-rated and most-watched; ‘most popular’, now the result of an enhanced collaborative filtering that ranks video on the basis of implicit (most watched) as well as explicit (most positively rated) choices; sharing content with friends and embedding video on personal Web sites, blogs and in outside social networks such as MySpace and Facebook.
A full content management system is now available to professional content producers, rights owners and programme partners to easily manage and monetise their assets. This feature includes: video Preview (opportunity to see video online before they are approved for Babelgum use); working copy (content owners can modify their clip while it is published on the system without having to remove it and upload again); autotag (content owners can now freely tag their content to ensure it can be easily found and therefore viewed by Babelgum users);and multiple upload facility (producers can schedule the simultaneous upload of multiple pieces of content, not having to repeat the operation for each single piece).