In his latest Online Journalism Review column, veteran Bay Area tech journalist Mark Glaser compares some of the contenders in the now-hot Long Tail meets video search market. I particularly liked Mark's take on Singing Fish and Open Media Network. These two show how perseverance can outlast fickle media and a tumultuous market. Just yesterday I had someone tell me "content is king." Something I hadn't heard since the late '90s, before the post-2000 online media downturn.
Singing Fish is a pioneering video search service that deserves, and apparently now has, a chance for success. Karen Howe and her team deserve credit for riding out the weaker economic days of online content while owned by Thomson, finding a home at AOL, apparently traversing that company's skepticism and political minefields, and now preparing for a relaunch.
Glaser characterizes Open Media Network as a non-profit showcase for Kontiki. With Mike Homer at the helm and Andreesen's involvement, Kontiki received a lot of attention as a legal alternative to Napster in mid-2001. With large coffers and an enterprise focus, Kontiki was able to outlast many other legal P2P alternatives such as those referenced in this 2001 article from News.com. What's old is new and we've now got a fresh crop of legal P2P alternatives. Instead of Napster, most are riding BitTorrent technology or at least BitTorrent's PR. With the spotlight back on online media and Internet TV in particular (thanks for the help, Google), Kontiki can be opportunistic in regards to online media - building on its years of enterprise experience and strong management team.